Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mars is peopled and they want Kirk’s Soap

No, not an attempt by Martians to steal a bar of soap from the personal effects of Captain James T. Kirk, but an old advertisement for Kirk’s American Family Soap manufactured by the James S. Kirk Company of Chicago. The ad, which was apparently published in a Chicago newspaper in 1893, is a play on a proposed 40-inch refracting telescope at the nascent Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and the popular notion that Mars was populated with intelligent life.

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