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It Pays to Be Ignorant





We could use such a satirical show today.

Full history here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 24, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Radio, Stupidity, Television, 1940's, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #208



Where to begin with this long ad? The surrealism of a Corvette on the Bonanza set? The notion that a sexy spy like Napolean Solo would drive a Corvair? The mashup of Bewitched with Bonanza characters, including the ultra-campy Agnes Moorehead? It's a commercial that just keeps on giving in the weirdness department.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 13, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Television, Surrealism, Crossovers and Mashups, Fantasy, 1960's, Time-travel, Cars

Captain Power



Of course, it was all a hook to sell toys, as the promo above might hint at.



But if you still doubt, check out a larger segment below.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 06, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Television, Toys, Advertising, Products, Science Fiction, 1980's

30-hour Interview

Norway's VGTV is conducting (or probably has by now conducted) a 30-hour interview with author/chess-player/historian/politician Hans Olav Lahlum, aiming to set a record for the longest interview ever. The station is hoping that people will really start tuning in as the interviewer and interviewee grow progressively more sleep-deprived. Because the Norwegians, you see, are big fans of "Slow TV." Previous hits have included a documentary on firewood and a 134-hour live broadcast of a boat trip. [Wall Street Journal, VGTV]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 23, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Journalism, Television, World Records

Odyssey Videogame Machine



I love the overlay that goes on the screen.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 02, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Technology, Television, 1970's, Videogames and Gamers

Follies of the Madmen #204



"I would sure like to see more fun commercials like that on television."

Seconded, Gary!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 29, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Television, 1950's

THE GOLDBERGS







Once upon a time, sheer Jewishness was exotic enough to supply material for sitcoms and product spokesmanship.

THE GOLDBERGS.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 05, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Family, Stereotypes and Cliches, Television, 1940's, 1950's

Birth of the Transistor Radio



Who could have predicted that the technology above would lead to the result below?

A useful reminder for Apple as they attempt to deliver a wristband computer--with what unpredictable results and uses, we shall ultimately find out!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 09, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Music, Technology, Television, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950's, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #199



Special smokes for wimps!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 14, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Television, Tobacco and Smoking, Wimps, Milquetoasts and Cowards, 1960's

Borden Ice Cream Ads













I watch only one half-hour of TV per week--THE SIMPSONS--so I am not really qualified to assert this. Maybe a reader can clarify. Are there such things nowadays as TV ads for ice cream? I think not. In the 1950s, Americans had to be trained to consume luxuries like ice cream. Now we eat it automatically, three times a day! So why waste money on ads?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 06, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Addictions, Eating, Business, Advertising, Television, Junk Food, 1950's
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