The Work of Greg Clark and Jimmie Frise

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The Last Round-up – Toronto Star Ad

October 5, 1935

This ad is in reference to the 1935 Canadian federal election, which was held on October 14. The Liberals won since the Conservatives were unfortunate enough to be in power during the worst of the Great Depression.

1930 Election Posters

These posters were created by Jim for the 1930 Canadian federal election, held on July 28, 1930. William Lyon Mackenzie King lost power to the Conservatives led by R. B. Bennett. This was at the beginning of the Great Depression, so, ironically, it was better for the Liberals not to be in charge during the worst of it.

Lion Brand Hay Fork Rope Ad

July 9, 1947

This advertisement was unusual, as Jim rarely did any work outside of his comic and the Greg-Jim story after 1937, and is the latest example I know of.

British American Oil Ad – 05/25/29

May 25, 1929

Jim created this advertisement for the British American Oil Company, which became Gulf Canada in 1969. In 1985, it’s assets were sold to Petro-Canada and Ultramar. Other advertisements from the series can be seen here, and here.

Grape Nuts Ad – 5/2/36

May 2, 1936

This is another in the series of Grape Nuts ads by Jim featuring “Ernie Energy”.

C.C.M. and Dunlop Tire Ink Blotters

Ink blotters were an absorbent paper used to blot the excess ink off paper and prevent smearing when using fountain pens. On the opposite side would be a picture or advertisement. Businesses gave them away to customers as free promotional items. The blank space on the front would be for the local shop to stamp their name and address. Advertising ink blotters were used from the 1900s through the 1940s until the ballpoint pen was invented.

C.C.M. is the major manufacturer of bicycles in Canada. Dunlop, makes tires. One of the illustrations references War Stamps, so these are likely from the 1940s.

“Never a Dull Moment” – Pepsi Ads

The following are various advertisements created by Jim Frise for Pepsi that ran between 1942-43. They feature a smart kid thinking philosophically about Pepsi, and two other regular kids.


Toronto Star Ad – 07/02/32

July 2, 1932

Toronto Star Ad – 6/27/31

June 27, 1931

Grape Nuts Ad – 6/13/36

Jun 13, 1936

Another in the series of advertisements for Grape Nuts cereal featuring “Ernie Energy”.

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