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How did Moxie come to be so frequently photographed?Was it just such a prevalent image of its time or was this part of an elaborate undertaking in advertising?
From what I gather, the advertising was everywhere, thanks to the savvy of the company's forward thinking marketing guru Frank Archer. He's the one who came up with gimmicks like the Moxie Horsemobile, a car chassis (Packards, usually) with the body removed and a fibreglass horse with an extended steering wheel column and pedals that drove from town to town handing out free samples. You can see it in an earlier post in this series.He was kind of a genius at it, coming up with jingles and circulating the sheet music, getting celebrity endorsements from the likes of George M. Cohan and Ed Wynn, well before that kind of thing became commonplace.There's a bit of a history lesson about it here.
BTW, not everything in that article is correct (presidential endorsements came about in the teens and twenties, not the fifties, and the change in taste happened in the sixties, not the forties), but it's a decent overview.
With all that marketing, imagine what would have become of Moxie if it had tasted good. I want to college in Boston (didn't everyone?), and had the misfortune to drink some of that nasty swill. Unless you are a bartender, about the only thing you can say in its favor is that it doesn't mix well with any alcoholic beverage.
Yeah, I've tried it with booze. Not a good idea.
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