Today’s Daily Gen X photo is a vintage Charlie the Tuna of Sorry-Charlie fame! I am able to share it thanks to the generous spirit of Shannon Kringen, a Gen-X artist who was born in 1968. I appreciate Shannon allowing me to bring this wonderful photo to a larger audience via the blog and social networks. It is truly a rare find. In all my years of searching for and collecting images of Gen-Xers I have never seen a life-size Charlie the Tuna! I forgot to ask Shannon where the photo was taken and I didn’t want to bug her again. lol. Does anyone have a guess as to the location? There is a sign in the background but I can’t make it out. I’m guessing Sea World or some other ocean-type theme park in Southern California.
About Charlie the Tuna
Charlie the Tuna is the spokes-tuna (lol) and mascot of the StarKist brand. He was created in 1961 by Tom Rogers, Leo Burnett Agency, Chicago, and would become one of the most recognized characters in American advertising. Generation X was the first generation of kids to fall in love with him!
Check out this great video about the “Sorry, Charlie” catchphrase, which entered the American lexicon in 1962.
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