I’m a cricket fan, odd that, living in Germany, I know. Over the years I’ve picked up various bits of cricket memorabilia including this magazine from 1902, Cricket of Today and Yesterday.
Not a lot has really changed, quoting from 1902.
“in a word the spring of the coronation year found the British public on the tiptoe of expectation with respect to the doings on English grounds of the Antipodean cricketers who has so manifestly outclassed our representatives on Australian grounds.”
This isn’t about the Australian umpire, Darrell Hair. But about cricket’s odd relationship with hair growth advertising.
This tradition has continued. Graham Gooch, former England captain became the pinup for Advanced Hair Studios. Actually the fellow in the advert above looks rather a lot like Mr Gooch. It is a pity thegoogly.com has gone into hibernation, as they have a penchant for collecting Gooch look alike images.
You can see the apparent before and after effects here. (this is a novel use of flickr)
The greatest spin bowler ever, Shane Warne, has also advertised the merits of these hair-growth products.
Incidentally, the firm in question, Advanced Hair Studio, has been rebuked by the advertising standards folks about misleading adverts.
Not much changes. The Australians are still the best at the game, and we still are on receiving end of meaningless celebrity endorsements.