The Jolly Green Giant
The idea of a green giant originally referred to a large variety of pea; everyone’s favorite Green Man was first introduced by the Minnesota Valley Canning Company in 1928. Today, a 55 foot tall statue of the Jolly guy looks over the town of Blue Earth, Minnesota.
The Quaker Oats Man
Larry, that emblem of healthy whole grain living, has had numerous makeovers throughout his 135-year life. In his newest 21st century iteration the wholesome Quaker has lost a little weight and now stands out against a red background.
Mr. Peanut was invented courtesy of a 14-year-old boy: In 1916, the Planter’s Peanuts company held a contest to create a company logo, and Antonio Gentile submitted his drawing of a dandy gentleman Peanut Man named Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe. The top hat, monocle, and cane were added later. Recently, the company debated adding more accessories like cuff-links, but public opinion kept Mr. Peanut in his familiar uniform.