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Mr. Dill Pickle of Mississippi reclines happily in a rubber boat amid 204,681 soggy pickles.
Caption from LIFE. Mr. Dill Pickle of Mississippi reclines happily in a rubber boat amid 204,681 soggy pickles.Francis Miller—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Mr. Dill Pickle of Mississippi reclines happily in a rubber boat amid 204,681 soggy pickles.
National Pickle Week, 1949.
National Pickle Week, 1949.
Man showing off pickles for National Pickle Week, 1949.
National Pickle Week, 1949.
National Pickle Week, 1949.
National Pickle Week, 1949. With the Three Stooges.
National Pickle Week, 1949.
Models showing off pickles for National Pickle Week, 1949.
National Pickle Week, 1949.
Caption from LIFE. Mr. Dill Pickle of Mississippi reclines happily in a rubber boat amid 204,681 soggy pickles.
Francis Miller—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
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Celebrate Pickle Day by Floating in a Giant Vat of Pickles

Nov 13, 2015

There are many ways to celebrate National Pickle Day on Nov. 14, the tastiest of which would be to enjoy a half-sour or a kosher dill. Another option? Floating in giant vat of pickles, as modeled by Mr. Dill Pickle, a fortuitously named resident of Mississippi, during the inaugural Pickle Week celebration in 1949.

In what may be the most alliterative article ever published in LIFE magazine—“Packers preach their product’s perfection with a peck of publicity,” reads the deck below the headline—an image of Mr. Pickle appears above a description of the activities organized by the National Pickle Packer’s Association:

They invented liquor-flavored pickles, crowned a Pickle Queen amid flaming pickles in a Chicago nightclub, and proclaimed as their Man of the Year Mr. Dill Lamar Pickle of Rolling Fork, Miss., who obligingly posed in a vat of pickles.

From a business standpoint, the week was a success: Pickle sales increased by 22%. From a floating-in-a-vat-of-brined-cucumbers perspective: also a major win.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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