Similarity Breeds Discontent

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Some graphic images and symbols, just like that famous battery bunny, just keep on going and going. Here are a couple of examples.

In 1988 the ad agency Sully & Rozier produced a poster for the Oklahoma City-based Fleming Companies that resembled a Ludwig Hohlwein-designed Hitler Youth poster from 1930s Nazi Germany. The agency said it was shocked when it was made aware of the strong resemblance. Newsweek magazine (June 27, 1988) reported that a Trenton, N.J., college student saw the Fleming “America’s Meat Roundup” in a local supermarket and recognized from a school textbook. Fleming officials said they were appalled and asked client grocery stores to pull any remaining posters and destroy them. The agency stated it had commissioned a freelance illustrator to design original art; When questions about the origin of the poster were first raised, Sully & Rozier noted that the artist showed them photographs of a model—in a similar pose but not the infamous poster. Hmmmmm. Well seems a little too close for comfort. See the detailed way that the cowboy is holding the flag? Coincidence? Nein!

The same Hohlwein image, and another one representing the Girls Hitler Youth (Bund Deutscher Mädel or BDM), just don’t want to disappear. Below they are used to represent the white supremacist Anglo-Afrikaner Student organization from South Africa. I wonder what agency supplied these look-a-like models?


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