Creepy Cool Gator Brochure

Style, creepy or cool?

The design of this brochure is actually very nice. Like really nice. But the style of illustration is just strange since its trying to sell something. This was a brief style back in the day, larger heads and big eyes. I suppose it was all a reaction to the artist Margaret Keane. Sorry some art history brain cells kicked in on this one. Margarets style was human, not just about the eyes, but an insight into the subjects soul.

It was a look

This style was also picked up from artist Sylvia Anderson and Gerry Anderson which this is a style lift. Or maybe she was hired to do this. Which actually would make this not creepy but very cool. Its a fine line I suppose. You may recognice the Thunderbirds series style they produced.

There it is. Creepy and cool

Now back to the brochure. Your art history class is now over. But you at least now know where stuff like this comes from.

Great design

This illustrator was hired for his or her technical drawings.

This is just strange. But the Gator part of it is great, and the art dept and style of Gator screams though the pages.


18 replies
  1. mahoganymadness
    mahoganymadness says:

    Ahh Dora countdown rant..let me put this piece of chrome on at 5am….I left it here 3 weeks ago when I took it off…2 hours latter its woody boater time and coffee…deal with this tonight….

  2. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    I worked with a brilliant British television commercial director named Roger Woodburn in the 80’s and 90’s -he did some of the classic Fallon comedy commercials. He had started his career as puppeteer and director on The Thunderbirds. As a result of that experience, he was able to amazing special effects with miniatures.

    And, yes, the creepy big eyes and big heads. But sweet looking trailer.

  3. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    It’s interesting that I now really appreciate the art and graphics in old advertising. I owe that appreciation to you, Matt! I thought I was coming to this site to learn to more appreciate wooden boats, but that was maxed out years ago.

    No comments on the creapy bikini bottom on the little boy? That ain’t right.

  4. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Curvy road, big cliff, no guard rail…I can hear the wife yelling about his driving from here!

  5. gary Visser
    gary Visser says:

    We had a Gator under a fiberglass boat and it had the “Uni-Lever Launch” system that raised the rear pads to make the boat launch easier. A lever was yanked on, cussed at and ultimately broken. It was at the trailer tongue and pulled on a link rod to the rear pad assembly. Dad bought the trailer new and it never worked properly. That yellow color helped as the trailer lights rarely worked as well.

  6. tom
    tom says:

    The only thing I see that’s really strange is the amount of excitement coming from a family over a boat trailer.

  7. River Rat
    River Rat says:

    Sold Gator this summer under a 16′ Lyman. Did not have those high end fenders. Still have my Tee Nee with the rounded fenders and tear drop taillights. I love having an interesting trailer when your boat spends most of it’s time on it. Can’t have a boat without.

  8. Reddog
    Reddog says:

    I have a gator trailer also, equipped with “tilt-bar loading and unloading”. My trailer has same winch stand pictured but no special fenders. Also my trailer is made of round tubing not rectangular. Same yellow color. Boat is late 50’s molded plywood w/ 25 hp outboard.

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