Thursday, June 6, 2013

JC Penney and their Hitler Kettle

by +Alexa Rankin

Wait, don't get all upset. Don't start writing an angry letter to JCP. This whole story revolves around the perception of empty space and if you look at the image you may not even see the resemblance.

The Hitler Kettle, no longer available at JC Penney
A simple, stylish black and chrome kettle with comfort grip handle
Do you see it? Don't worry if you don't because not everybody does. Allow me to give you a helping hand.

Modified Hitler Kettle - also not available at JC Penney
A simple, stylish black and chrome kettle with some photoshop effects
Do you see it now? Good. This is what the furore was all about (should that be Führore?). The imagined image of Adolf Hitler, suggested by the juxtaposition of dark lines and white space on the Michael Graves designed kettle. 
The likeness was first spotted by a couple of guys who saw a JCP billboard along the 405 Interstate Highway in Culver City, Los Angeles. One guy tweeted a pic of the billboard and it went viral.

The kettle is now sold out online and is in very limited quantities in stores. One of the $40 kettles recently sold on ebay for $199 and if you want one, then there are currently 38 active listings. There are also 2 of them available on at the time of writing.
If you were too slow to grab one of these highly collectible items then you could always buy this great looking Hitler teapot:

A hand made Hitler teapot
With matching Goebbels sugarbowl
There is also a variant on the popular 'Hello Kitty' range which would satisfy your inner tea loving dictator;

Hello Hitly water kettle
The ever popular 'Hello Hitly' water kettle
Adolf himself was very fond of a nice cup of tea and was often photographed doing the 'Teapot Dance'.

The Hitler teapot
Adolf Hitler doing the teapot dance
Was the resemblance to Adolf Hitler purely coincidental or was this a deliberate and excellent advertising ploy? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


nothingprofound said...

Hilarious! You always make me laugh.

Alexa Rankin - Slap the Penguin said...

Thanks for your kind comments. We do try to make the world a brighter place my mocking historical figures. Dead people cannot sue you for libelous comments.

Janene said...

OMG. That DOES look like Hitler! Too funny.

PBScott said...

Thanks for the chuckle, awesome post.

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