Posted on 09/28/2015

Photo taken on February  5, 2000

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Wacky Packages
Norman Saunders
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Wacky Packages - Plastered Peanuts, 1973

Wacky Packages - Plastered Peanuts, 1973
Painting by Norman Saunders
Topps Chewing Gum, Inc.

Large jpeg here. (Larger than the actual painting, which was no more than 7 inches high.)

I remember reading somewhere that the Wacky Package concept grew out of a proposal somebody made at Topps to market trading cards depicting actual products. This seems like an odd concept. Maybe kids were supposed to appreciate them as "camp," as "pop art objects." If so, I think the guy who had the idea overestimated their demographic's interest in camp and pop art.