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By Charles Apple
The Spokesman-Review

Fifty-five years ago this fall, the Pillsbury Dough Boy made his debut in advertisements and quickly became a part of American pop culture. Here are 34 iconic ad mascots from the past 133 years.

1965

Pillsbury Doughboy

PILLSBURY

It cost $16,000 to make the original doughboy stop-action clay model. The original voice of the Doughboy was supplied by actor Paul Frees, who also voiced the Thing in the Fantastic Four cartoons and Burgermeister Meisterburger in Christmas TV specials. The current voice actor is JoBe Cerny, who appeared in “The Road to Perdition” and “Legally Blonde 2.”

1887

Quaker Oats man

QUAKER OATS

Painted by artist Haddon Sundblom, who also illustrated Santas for Coca-Cola.

1990

Nipper

RCA

Model for the original painting was named Nipper because he would bite visitors’ legs.

1914

Morton Salt girl

MORTON SALT

The drawing of the girl has been updated six times since the original was created.

1916

Mr. Peanut

PLANTERS PEANUTS

Designed by a 14-year-old boy from Suffolk, Va. He was paid $5.

1921

Betty Crocker

BETTY CROCKER

General Mills has her redrawn every few years. Not patterned after any one model.

1928

Snap, Crackle & Pop

RICE KRISPIES

Designed by magazine cover illustrator Vernon Grant. He died in 1990 at age 88.

1944

The Coppertone Girl

COPPERTONE

Jodie Foster’s first acting job at age 3 was playing the Coppertone Girl in a TV ad.

1944

Smokey Bear

U.S. FOREST SERVICE

Created by illustrator Albert Staehle ... who had been hired to draw a raccoon, not a bear.T

1951

Tony the Tiger

FROSTED FLAKES

Was given voice by Thurl Ravenscroft, who also sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

1954

Alfred E. Neuman

MAD MAGAZINE

Norman Mingo’s original illustration sold at auction in 2008 for $203,150.

1954

The Marlboro Man

CIGARETTES

Four of the six men who posed as Marlboro Men have died of lung cancer.

1955

Col. Sanders

KFC

Yes, he was a real guy. Sold chicken at his gas station. He died in 1980 at age 90.

1959

Ronald McDonald

McDONALD’S

Created by Willard Scott, who went on to become weatherman for the “Today” show.

1959

The Silly Rabbit

TRIX CEREAL

Twice – 1976 and 1980 – children voted by mail to allow the rabbit to eat a bowl of Trix.

1963

Cap’n Crunch

CEREAL

Original voice actor: Daws Butler, who also voiced Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound.

1964

The Esso Tiger

ESSO/EXXON

Designed by Bob Jones, who also painted covers for Mad magazine.

1964

Lucky Leprechaun

LUCKY CHARMS

Original voice actor: Arthur Anderson, who worked with Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre.

1965

Mr. Whipple

CHARMIN TISSUE

Dick Wilson starred in more than 900 TV spots for Charmin. He died in 2007 at age 91.

1967

The Lonely Maytag Repairman

MAYTAG

Played for 12 years by veteran TV actor Jesse White, who died in 1997.

1968

The Keebler Elves

KEEBLER COOKIES

Ernie originally was an assistant. He moved up when the blustery chief elf was dropped.

1970

Mr. Owl

TOOTSIE ROLL POP

Voiced by actor Paul Winchell, who also played Tigger and the Smurfs’ Gargamel.

1970

Orville Redenbacher

POPCORN

Agriculturist spent most of his career selling manure before switching to popcorn.

1975

The Kool-Aid Man

KOOL-AID

Was turned into a video game and a comic book series in the 1980s.

1987

Spuds MacKenzie

BUD LIGHT

Portrayed on TV as a “party animal” male, the dog was actually a female bull terrier.

1987

Joe Camel

CIGARETTES

Critics said Camel used the cartoon to target children. He was retired in 1997.

1989

The Energizer Bunny

BATTERIES

Originally meant to be a parody of Duracell commercials. The TV toy is remote-controlled.

1989

Dave Thomas

WENDY’S

Founder reluctantly agreed to appear in commercials. Died in 2002 at age 69.

1995

Chick-Fil-A Cows

CHICK-FIL-A

Popular campaign was halted briefly in 2004 during the mad cow disease scare.

1999

The Geico Gecko

GEICO INSURANCE

What do you do if folks can’t pronounce the name of your company? You run with it.

2000

The AFLAC duck

AFLAC INSURANCE

Voice actor Gilbert Gottfried was fired in 2011 after posting offensive tweets

2006

The Most Interesting Man in the World

DOS EQUIS BEER

Actor Jonathan Goldsmith, 81, once played a “redshirt” on “Star Trek.”

2008

Flo

PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE

Actor Stephanie Courtney, 50, also appeared on “Mad Men.”

2010

The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

OLD SPICE

It took three days to film the first ad starring former Seattle Seahawk Isaiah Mustafa.

Sources: The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Ad Week, Business Insider, the New Yorker, the Verge, Mad magazine, the Smithsonian Institution, Internet Movie Database, Snopes.com, CharacterWeb.com, Today’s Inspiration blog, ColonelSanders.com, ConAgra Foods, Coppertone, Energizer, Geico, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, Maytag, Morton Salt, Planters Peanuts, Quaker Oats, Wendy’s