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Destination Earth



Mars needs petroleum byproducts!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, Politics, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #227

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Yes, our product is number one among insane vegan fashionistas!

From Woman's Day for April 1962.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 18, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Vegetables, 1960's

Clysmic Water

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Source of B&W image (in back page advert section).

If this ad were selling bottled elk urine, I'd buy the stuff. Luckily, the product actually sounded beneficial.

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Source of text.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 15, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Art, Business, Advertising, Products, Health, Regionalism, 1900's

Follies of the Madmen #226

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Clunkiest metaphor ever. Garment causing deadly vision obstruction that will be shredded by fanbelt = engine protection.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 02, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #225



Who ever knew that Snap, Crackle & Pop had villainous counterparts in Soggy, Mushy & Toughy?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 26, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1930's

Follies of the Madmen #224



All the fake employee singing in the world could not save the Robert Hall chain from bankruptcy a mere 4 years after this commercial aired.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Retailing, Music, 1970's

Follies of the Madmen #223

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Those crossbars replicate the excruciating pain of the infamous parental sofabed from Seinfeld.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 09, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Appliances, 1960's

When Barbie Met Ken



Who ever knew it happened at a dance?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 02, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Toys, Teenagers, 1960's

RIP Washboard

The company Washboard launched just recently. The concept was that it was a subscription service for quarters. If you paid them $15 every month, they'd send you $10 in quarters in return. Most people, they assumed, would use the quarters at laundromats.

The company lasted less than two weeks before calling it quits. They ran into problems with their payment processor. Also, by their own admission, reactions to the concept were "mostly bad".

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 01, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Business
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