But that's not what I wanted to
tell you about. Sometime around 1895 a peculiar graphic started to be used as
part of billboard advertisements.
This cartoon created a firestorm
of controversy as many considered it vulgar and obscene. A number of
communities banned it for it was to shocking to the sensibilities of late
Victorian era America! I wonder what these folks would think of the kind of
advertising we find commonplace today, and I wonder what future generations
will think about that which we consider controversial?
I have never seen anything in
print about the "SAY" posters except in the Billboard back in the 1890s. This
is surprising since there was so many letters to the editor and editorials,
both pro and con on this subject back in the day.
Courtesy of Todd Robbins