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Lil Squirt

Squirt Advertising from the LIFE magazine August 6th, 1956 issue. Vol. 41 No. 6

Oh how times have changed where we can innocently name a product "Squirt" with an adorable little character and not have immediate public backlash.

This grapefruit-flavored, caffeine-free drink product was created in 1938 by Herb Bishop (and the Dr. Pepper Snapple group) during the Great Depression as a solution to create a drink that required less fruit and sugar. In the 1950s it was a popular mixer in cocktails and still one of the best selling grapefruit soft drinks in the United States.

Squirt the Brand

The power of a good illustration.

In 1941 Bishop and his business partner

Ed Mehren introduced a mascot named

"Lil Squirt" that was an immediate hit.

As it appeared in the magazine

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