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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The 77th Annual RMS Convention: More Bears

Here's some great bear covers I found at this years 77th Annual RMS Convention in Hagerstown, MD. 

This Polar Paris polar bear cover from The Southern Coal Co. has very little information available online, but it's a great cover nonetheless.

Pola-Wite is still in business - they sell teeth whitening products. This great United Eng. cover had a nice polar bear logo on it.

Grizzly Brake Lining had an amazing (and angry) bear advertising their products.

It bears repeating that it wasn't just Joe Camel peddling his vices to youngsters out there, in the 1950's and 60's you had this very Disneyesque Hamm's Beer bear dancing in the land of sky blue waters advertising beer on TV. As far as cartoon bears go though, I think he's pretty cool; right up there with the dumb Disney bear that picks up trash, the Looney Tunes Junior Bear, and the Icee bear.

An older, Hamm's cover with a more blue beer bear. It's beyond me why a beer or liquor company never made a pink elephant mascot.

Rooty, the Great Root Bear was a Canadian A&W Root Beer stand invention that found his way across the border in the mid 1970's. Some incarnations are closer in appearance to the above mentioned Looney Tunes Junior Bear. As most of us have forgotten or never cared, there later was a Burger Bear Family.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park wasn't just a fictitious playground in cartoon-land where raiding picnic baskets was a normal pastime, this is a real place - I'm serious. I was always confused by highway signs advertising this as a kid, but they are real campground / resort areas located across the country. 

Before Hanna-Barbera made him a star, Yogi Bear was a simple New Zealand TV and HiFi repairbear, or so this Allenco matchbook from Auckland, New Zealand would like us to think. 

The 77th Annual RMS Convention: Smokey Bear

Here's some great Smokey Bear covers I found at this years 77th Annual RMS Convention in Hagerstown, MD.
Smokey Bear Headquarters! 

The Bureau of Land Management is in Casper, Wyoming.

This wood grain cover is perfect for using the Smokey logo.

The front of this matchcover is forgettable, but the back sports Smokey Bear and his  ABC rules.

A more modern rear strike matchcover with Smokey Bear's home place of Capitan, New Mexico.

Friday, August 26, 2016

World War II U.S. Military Matchcovers with Insignias

Webster's Dictionary defines an insignia as 1) a badge of authority or honor and 2) a distinguishing mark or sign. I have to think that similar to mascots, insignias are made to bring good luck as well. Military artists as well as several major cartoon studios produced these type of insignias for the U.S. military. These are a cousins of the typically voluptuous nose art seen on bombers during World War II and closely related to the current squadron insignias seen today in the Navy and Air Force.
Before the war had ended, Disney had created some 1,200 cartoon insignias for all of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as for many Allied troops. Reflecting the esprit de corps and bravado of the unit, the cartoon character patches were worn with pride. With the exception of Bambi, virtually every Disney character appeared at least once on a logo.  
Here are some of the World War II insignia matchcovers I recently bought:

This is an early Schlesinger version of Bugs Bunny used in this insignia.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

College Matchcovers with Mascots

Webster's Dictionary defines a mascot as a person, animal, or object used as a symbol to represent a group (such as a sports team) and to bring good luck. I was always more fascinated with the mascot than the sport, but that's just me. Here are some college matchcovers I recently got that all have great college mascots on them. Just look at that smug look on Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle...