The Young Catholic Messenger(s)

I was looking at those Young Catholic Messenger magazines from the 50s that I found a couple of weeks ago. I found the cover art to be pretty beautiful, so I wanted to share them with you.


These four are my favorites. The amount of detail in these drawings by Graham Hunter is pretty awesome.

The articles inside were actually fairly decent, if still obviously slanted. The article on the right is pure Cold War paranoia, inciting fear of the “Reds.”

Mulroney on a matchbox

I liked this pack of matches I found a few weeks back. It was produced to get the vote out for the old Progressive Conservative Party back in the Mulroney days. Maybe it worked, as the PC Party was barely a factor in Quebec federal politics until Mulroney came around, and hasn’t really been since either.

According to wiki, it’s more likely that Mulroney gained votes in Quebec as a result of being left out of the 1982 Constitution than anything. But hey, maybe it was the matchboxes.

It seems like matchboxes aren’t as popular anymore. I think it’s because the main use for these flimsy paper matches is smoking, and people don’t really want to be associated with that anymore.

As for Michel Gravel, he won in the 1984 election. In 1986 he was charged with bribery and fraud, and pleaded guilty in 1988. He paid a hefty fine, and got a year in prison. A sign of things to come, perhaps?

Michel Gravel on Wiki

Introducing Mr. Key-nut

I found this key at some point, and noticed that it had a funny little mascot that looks an awful lot like Mr. Peanut.

This is the familiar Mr Peanut:

Now, look at the mascot for the National Key Division of Cole National:

Looks to me like the only difference is that Mr Key-nut lacks a cane. Even then, it looks like Mr Key-nut’s left hand is holding onto something… possible a cane, hidden behind the big number in the middle, ready to smack you if you mention that he’s just a Mr Peanut knockoff.

While on the topic, does anyone else think that Mr Peanut (and Mr Key-nut) could be a pimp?

Here’s the other side of the key, for good measure: