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Red Rose

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy November!

So, these three ads are interesting because they read as if they were three totally unconnected people, but they're all within the same month, so it seems unlikely that there were actually three, or even two, people signing themselves "Red Rose" in the personals. What do you think?

Red Rose Mouth - Please do not go to Eden's Paradise at three; am to polite, would disappoint not thee. Whoever - unknown man or woman - you may be, do not imagine you are fooling me! Red Rose.

This is so confusing. Starts out all romantic, the name, the poetry, the "thee." But then it switches over to an unknown man or woman, which is odd, and sounds like it's not romantic at all! Not really sure what to make of it, especially in the context of the next ad:

Dearest Cornelia - Thanks for the photo. Everything ready; papers prepared. Three, sharp, on appointed day. Do not believe H. Do not receive Kate. At last, and forever, your devoted son. "Red Rose."

Why does this not sound like "Red Rose" is not really Cornelia's son? If so, I wonder about the nature of their relationship. Not to be gross, but does this really sound like a communication between a mother and son? I think there's something else going on here.

Then finally, and I really, really, really love this ad:

You are all very nice people, but you would be still much nicer if you would mind your own business and leave me alone. Red Rose.

HA! That's good. Actually, that's great! But it really doesn't seem connected to the first two, does it? Either this person is dealing with some very complicated relationships, or, I don't know - maybe there's more than one Red Rose? Imagine how confusing that would be! What a comedy of errors would develop! After all, if you were Cornelia and saw the last ad - which in reality was from a totally different person - wouldn't you be hurt? Hee hee hee. (Okay, maybe I shouldn't laugh at Cornelia's potential suffering, but it's funny.)

It's like a soap opera. Beautiful.

Having trouble reading the ads? Click one to enlarge!

©2009 Pam Epstein

2 comments:

Melinda November 2, 2009 at 7:19 PM  

I seem to remember that there was a really old brand of soap call Rose Red that had a really great ad campaign around this time period. I do a cursory google search, nothing too intense, that didn't turn anything up right away so I could be wrong.

Pam November 2, 2009 at 11:44 PM  

Melinda - I wouldn't be remotely surprised at a company using the personals as a place for advertisements, but somehow I don't think this would be a particularly successful campaign!

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