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The Cyanamid Kid: 1954

The Cyanamid Kid: 1954

"You can depend on rubber." 1954 Gordon Teague photo for American Cyanamid of a kid and innertube that look eerily and equally elastic. View full size.

The Deliverance Kid

Hobbies are playing the banjo, and innertubes

He has a strange alien

He has a strange alien quality to him.


that's some dodgy touching-up.

You can depend on rubber

... but keep some red patches handy just in case.


the face kind of looks like it was airbrushed in photoshop.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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