Say it with flowers?

Like it was yesterday, I can remember the professor’s remark in Psych 101 when we started on Psychoanalysis: “After you’ve studied Freud, when someone says it with flowers, you’ll know exactly what it is that they’re trying to say.”

Do note on what the man has his hands. Since the woman is blushing, his viewing the orchid has engendered embarrassment. For him, seeing the flower is very exciting; he’s staring and his jaw’s dropped.

This advertising image uses a supraliminal stimulus with a subliminal response. The orchid and the box are clearly accessible to the conscious mind. The unconscious equates the flower and case with sexual anatomy. The next step progresses from Psychoanalysis to Pavlovian conditioning. The unconscious’s charged understanding of the setting — essentially getting to third base — is associated with the brand’s tobacco concoction.

This ad appeared on the back cover of the 1942 Sporting News Official Baseball Record Book.

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Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa. Email at

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