Hello Dear Readers! I am delighted to report that the other day, while I was milling around the thrift store, I came across this wonderful 1943 ad for Ipana Tooth Paste.
It was so endearing, so inspiring, so downright uplifting that I just had share it with you!
It seems feisty, first-aid, heroine, Kay Hunt was feeling pretty darn good about herself with her ability to whip up a traction splint as easily as she whipped up that batch of fudge last night — just as she did every night . . . all alone . . . with no one to talk to but her radio.
But in some sort of weird world war II gratitude, Kay Hunts’ traction-splint victim pointed out that she noticed — while Kay Hunt was taking two and a half hours to figure out how to tie a traction splint — that Kay Hunt didn’t brush her teeth before leaving the house.
She even went so far as to tell Kay Hunt her dingy smile and pink toothbrush are the reason Kay Hunt couldn’t get a date — even though Kay has a perfect figure and looks like a movie star (but of course she didn’t say that last part out loud.)
Now instead of getting mad and wrapping that traction splint around her victim’s catty little neck, our once feisty first-aid, heroine, Kay Hunt, became instantly inconsolable.
Luckily, Kay’s friend who was wearing a military uniform — thus making her superior in intelligence, common sense, and personal hygiene — attempted to comfort Kay Hunt by pouring large quantities of salt in her wound and agreeing that Kay really did need to brush her teeth at least as good as grade school children do and that nowadays the foods you eat won’t brush your teeth for you, which apparently used to be the case prior to World War II.
Enter Creepy Dentist and Ipana Toothpaste
So the next day our heroine Kay Hunt went to visit her oddly, creepy dentist who stood in such a way as to keep his distance from Kay lest he get a whiff of the air emanating from Kay’s . . . how to put this . . . dingy smile.
He explained to Kay (from across the room) that in order to get a date Kay will have to massage her gums with Ipana Toothpaste in order to stimulate them! Who knew? (Certainly not Kay!)
And boy did Kay feel sheepish having to be told this by her creepy dentist! But sure enough Kay went right home and massaged her gums ad nauseum!
The next thing you know, our feisty, first-aid heroine, Kay Hunt’s gums were so very, very massaged that she became a huge hit with the all branches of the armed services.
“I can thank this new-found smile of mine for winning me a military escort and a naval convoy!” gushed our feisty, first-aid heroine, Kay Hunt.
And that, Dear Readers is how our feisty, first-aid, world war II heroine, Kay Hunt, became a very, very busy girl for the rest of World War II.
Until next time . . . I love you