Krush the Kaiser!

So there I was, reading the 02 November 1918 issue of The Billboard (which is now called just “Billboard,” originally a newspaper for folks who stuck up handbills on walls), when I saw this ad:

https://archive.org/details/billboard30-1918-11

Krush the Kaiser

“KRUSH THE KAISER”

New York is going wild over this novelty and the craze is spreading all over the country.

700,000 ALREADY SOLD

Made of elastic composition. You can make the Berlin Brute appear as ugly as you like and as often as you wish. Everybody wants to twist the Kaiser’s face. A deaf and dumb man could sell them

FAIR WORKERS, CAMP MEN, NOVELTY DEALERS, DEMONSTRATORS

Order now and be the first in your locality to spring

“KRUSH THE KAISER”

PRICES:

$10.50 per gross, $1.25 per dozen

Sample, 15 cents

Certified check or money order must accompany all orders. We are turning out 25,000 of these novelties daily. Your order leaves our factory the same day received.

GET IN ON THE KILLING

Dark flesh color — patented.

SCULPTURAL ART NOVELTY CO., INC. 636 Dean Street, BROOKLYN, N. Y.


Who wouldn’t want one? Or a dozen?

Alas, the bottom was about to fall out of the Krush the Kaiser market about a week and a half later. (Armistice Day: 11 November 1918). I immediately wanted one, more than I wanted a Kellog’s Pep Gy-Rocket. But alas, I haven’t found any for sale anywhere.

So I’ll leave you with this tune to assuage your sorrow:

THE KAISER’S GOT THE BLUES

By Domer Browne and W. C. Handy

You just even know he has! But if you want to tell your audiences about it in a clever and convincing way, write me for it at once. You don’t have to be a BLUES singer to put this “baby” over. A wonderful satire with plenty of “kick” to it.

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