Bubbles as a metaphor and compulsion:

Harvey Comics, May 1974

Ritchie Rich,The poor little rich boy.
In 1974 as in other times and places, money and bubbles share an ephemeral plane. This photo belongs on the front page of the WSJ or Forbes perhaps?! For most of us of course, when the bubble pops, we are left with delightful memories, but no coin!

Why is the bubble so symbolic? We talk about all kinds of bubbles: soap bubbles, real estate bubbles, the tulip bubble, the internet bubble, bond bubbles, all kinds of financial bubbles.
Other examples of how soap bubbles have been used include these magazine covers:

A full page ad in the Ladies Home Journal , May 1922

“They are so thin, so airy, so fragile” A full page ad in the Ladies Home Journal , May 1922

Royal Crown Cola ad: Fresh as a bubble!

Royal Crown Cola ad:
Fresh as a bubble!

Parents Magazine: Bubbles as innocence.

Parents Magazine:
Bubbles as innocence.

Judge: Sept 24, 1912 Bubbles as carefree distraction.  Even Cupid can get distracted by bubbles!  Or is Cupid popping here dreams of love?

Judge: Sept 24, 1912
Bubbles as carefree distraction. Even Cupid can get distracted by bubbles! Or is Cupid popping her dreams of love?

For some folks, bubbles capture their creative instinct, for others, bubbles satisfy their destructive compulsion.
Bubbles = universal appeal !

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