Anyhoo, tall, thin characters can convey elegance and stuff. Rich people like those tall thin cypress trees in their yards. Fashion models are all famously pencilly. Somehow, it conveys poise and grace.
Push the thin stuff really far and you get comedy. In this illustration, you can tell they're playing the thing thing for laughs. The super tall butler bending down to the floor is pretty jokey. He reminds me of the waiter in this scene from The Triplets of Belleville.
And when I saw this scene for the first time, it reminded me of Eric Idle's waiter character from this Monty Python sketch, The Refreshment Room.
And Eric Idle was alive in 1949. He was six years old. Is it coincidence that this ad, produced in Eric Idle's lifetime, features a waiter that so closely resembles a cartoon waiter that sort of acts like a character that Eric Idle would create twenty years later? Of course it's coincidence. Don't be stupid.
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