I mentioned the other day that I was searching for ‘coco goya head images’ — the reason was, I had received an invitation to a charity event, and it said “cocktail attire”. My thoughts immediately turned to those old Coco Goya ads with the tuxedo-clad guy, whose head was a giant can of Coco Goya, charming the ladies at some debonair function. Growing up, those ads were a constant fixture on New York television, but try as I might, I couldn’t find any pictures of it on the Internets.
Then I remembered, back in the early 80’s, I took a picture of someone in that costume at the Village Halloween Parade, Before the parade became, like a lot of other things in New York, (such as watching the Macy’s parade balloons being inflated on 77th Street), ruined, an ‘event’.
It stayed mostly on the side-streets, was a real neighborhood affair, with lots of originality. A person like me could jump into the middle and take pictures, no press pass or anything. Here’s another pic, and I’ll be posting some more as Halloween approaches.