Print ad promoting the use of insurance professionals from The American College of CLU & ChFC. The add appeared in Time Magazine in August 1987. Illustration: Edward Gorey.

Where this came from it said:

“Often, Edward Gorey’s illustrations for advertisements have little or no direct relationship to the product they promote, and require a leap of the imagination to make the connection. This disjointed ad has a layout that is visually confusing and leads one to surmise that the art director was simply a fan of Mr. Gorey’s work and wanted to get him to do an illustration. The drawing itself, when freed from the constraints of encroaching type, appears to be a typical evening of two people playing cards with a cat resting at their feet. The enormous fan, along with the tag line, “Thomas trusted his mother ,but he always cut the cards” provides the humor to the scene.”

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Frankly, I couldn’t agree less.