Ten Silly Old Baby Photos With Even Sillier Business Man Captions: A Meme From the '50s
Author: None listed; photos by Connie Bannister
Publisher: Brown & Bigelow, St. Paul, MN
Discovered at: Out of the Closet Thrift, Berkeley
Thanks to the communications technology offered by sites like Meme Generator, as well as our social awkwardness and copious amounts of post-industrial free time, America today leads the world in the generation of funny captions for stupid photos.
Back before the age of the copy-and-pastable image, before just any interested party could slap some nonsense on picture of Pedobear or Business Cat, lulz took some serious work. In the case of Oh, Baby!, a baffling 1953 pamphlet built around a business-man baby meme, it took a publisher, a well-known photographer, and a cartload of babies.
Today, these photos remind us that corporations are not only people, too -- they're infants. That leaves the rest of us to clean up after them.
1953's crop of kiddos was especially plump and pale. Also, they were good sports about grown ups affixing crap to their faces for comedy.
This next one is legitimately scary:
Next: A drunk baby, a punk baby, and the goofiest damn baby your Crap Archivist has ever seen