Ahh, the joys of anthropomorphic illustrations.1 This alarming clock is featured on a slightly pinkish old card from the mailing department of The Patriot. The cursive text states:
"In sending you this little greeting — anticipating renewal — please accept our appreciation of past courtesies. It has been a great pleasure to have your name on the mailing lists, and we sincerely enjoy the privilege. Again, we thank you!"People were so polite in the past!
This card, 5¾ inches wide, is as thick as an ink blotter, but I don't think it was intended as such.
I'm assuming, since we're in southcentral Pennsylvania here, that The Patriot refers to The Patriot-News of Harrisburg. The Patriot, founded in 1854, was the morning paper for many decades in Harrisburg before it was merged with The Evening News in 1996 to create The Patriot-News.
The Patriot-News, which was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for its work covering the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse case, is now published just three days a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. I don't know what kind of renewal notices that its current circulation department mails out, but I doubt that they feature a smiling alarm clock with hands and eyes.
1. Other Papergreat posts featuring anthropomorphism:
- Vintage, punny get-well-soon card
- Freaky illustrations found within "The Story of Soil"
- Five groovy ads from the 1933 Furst-McNess cookbook
- 1960s Russian С Новым годом postcard ("Happy New Year!")
- Slightly creepy vintage Valentine's Day postcard
- Potentially unnecessary bonus image of a blender with a face
- Peachy little corned beef loaves and healthful cheese dishes
- Everything's better with anthropomorphism (1949's Plant Maintenance Manual)