V-sign; OK-sign

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Tue Nov 28 02:48:26 UTC 2000


   From RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT, April 1937, pg. 328, col. 1 ad:

_Look Gay...Be Gay_
in Smart New
Uniforms with
   There's a gay spirit in the air when waitresses wear HOOVER'S smart uniforms with flower-print accessories.  Pretty as a picture, yet perfectly practical...because, like _all_ HOOVER service uniforms, these too are tailored to give long service.  Order the uniform illustrated in maize or green... Sizes 14 to 46.
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251 West 19th Street . New York, N. Y.

(The waitress is smiling and giving the "V" sign to someone not shown.  What could this mean?  This was before Winston Churchill and before "gay=homosexual."--ed.)


   This is showing up in a food context before Ballantine's beer advertisements (see ADS-L archive).  I read a few 1930s and a few 1950s RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT issues.

May 1935, RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT, pg. 340.  An ad for Frigidaire shows a chef making the sign.  All his fingers are curved and the circle is not quite finished, with the two fingers a hair apart.

May 1936, RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT, pg. 366, col. 1.  An ad for Calumet Baking Powder shows a chef making the sign.  "_Voila!_  What would you expect!  _Of course_, the FRENCH LINE uses Calumet!"
(On the same page, col. 2, is an A-1 Sauce ad that shows something very close to the "smiley"--ed.)

January 1937, RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT, pg. 3.  Thermotainer ad shows a chef spoon-tasting with one hand and giving the sign with the other hand.  "WONDERFUL!"

January 1937, RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT, pg. 70.  An ad for Hall Fireproof China shows a chef making the sign.

October 1952, RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT, pg. 110, col. 1.  An ad for Univex Vegetable Peeler shows a chef making the sign with his thumb and middle finger.

February 1954, RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT, pg. 59.  An ad for Angelica Uniforms shows a chef making the sign.

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