The Speedy Alka–Seltzer character was first created for an Alka-Seltzer TV commercial in 1951. The famous baby-faced character Speedy Alka-Seltzer was born featuring an Alka-Seltzer tablet body with hat and an ‘effervescent’ wand. Originally known as Sparky, Speedy was created to communicate how fast Alka-Seltzer worked. From 1953-1964, Speedy appeared in 212 commercials in America.
Interesting Facts about Speedy Alka-Seltzer:
- The original Speedy puppet was lost en route to the Philippines in 1971, but was found in an Australian warehouse five years later.
- Speedy is so famous that the puppet was insured for $100,000 and is currently kept in the vault of a Beverly Hills bank.
- Searching for Speedy’s voice took over 400 auditions to find.