Here’s a great photo & memory from Mr. Nathan J. Foulds of Franklin, N.J.
My Mom always hand-made theme-based costumes for my brothers and I to march in the annual Halloween parade in Packanack Lake, a close knit lake community that is part of Wayne Township, N.J. It had population then of about 45,000.
This one was Halloween 1969 and won for best original costume. I was also a horse, a Gerald Ford ‘WIN’ (Whip Inflation Now) button, the Michelin (Tire) Man, Cousin IT (The Adamm’s Family), a flagpole w/American flag (she even asked for and got permission to hand-make the American flag).
Thanks Mr. Foulds!
Seen in Coeburn, Virginia.
Now you can really be “friends” with Reddy… on Facebook.
Lots of great old images in this Creativepro.com article from earlier this year.
Electricity once had a perky little mascot, Reddy Kilowatt, with a light bulb nose, plugs for ears, and a body made of lightning bolts…
It’s hard to imagine when people didn’t take electricity for granted, yet in the beginning electricity was restricted primarily to lighting. And as a utility, it was not well understood. People could wrap their heads around the concept of gas, but electricity remained a mystery.
Wow, look at this hand-painted Reddy all decked out in park ranger clothes talking about absolutely nothing to do with electricity. Weird.
Remember this guy? I found him at Sooner Lake in northern Oklahoma on my way to Kansas. Sooner Lake is a power plant lake for Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s coal fired power plant. He looks a little different though with the clothes and a badge. He still has the light bulb nose, electric plug ears, and those strange shoes.
Thanks Yogi’s Den!
Check it out — Miller Signs makes a lighted Reddy Kilowatt billboard for model railroads!
Scroll halfway down the linked page to read more about it.
I had no idea so much vintage Reddy memorabilia is available on Etsy.
Check it out — we got linked in the New York Times.
It’s hot out there, and if you are in the electric business, you don’t have to look at the thermometer to know it; a quick glance at the power consumption statistics will make it clear. It’s been a rough patch for Reddy Kilowatt.
via Reddy Kilowatt Works Up a Sweat – NYTimes.com.