FLEA MARKET FRIDAYS #49
A few days ago I was out digging in the dirt and shaking the bushes in search of some cool old stuff and lo and behold I found a tin with a neato ad character!
Here’s the tin - Wynn’s Friction Proofing Engine Tune-Up from 1956.
Nothing too special about the front, but when you look at the lid you’re greeted by the Auto-Medic.
Isn’t he fun? Yeah, I think so too.
After I brought him home, I remembered buried deep in my tub of magazine ads I had an ad with this guy.
To me he kind of looks like the Invisible Man without the cool sunglasses. Maybe he’s the Unknown Soldier from DC Comics. Yeah, that’s it, Unknown Soldier went to work for Wynn after WWII and became the Auto-Medic.
(Sorry, getting off track there.)
The Auto-Medic is kin to another fun Wynn ad mascot and I posted him during the 2008 Halloween countdown. He’s name is the Wear-Wolf. You can visit that post here.
Take a look at this store display featuring the Wear-Wolf.
A little while back the first lady and I watched the classic atomic bomb movie Panic In Year Zero and noticed a Wear-Wolf display co-starring in a scene with Ray Milland as seen in this screen grab.
Sad, but true, I get excited when I see old packaging or products in movies.
Maybe someday in a future Flea Market Fridays I’ll post that I found this same display. Boy, that would be something!