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Battle of the Vintage Chocolate Drinks

Name your poison! Bosco, Ovaltine, Borden's or Tootsie V-M?










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Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 23, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Chocolate, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #232



Existential candybars, as only David Cronenberg could direct it.

For more weirdness, try his new novel.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 21, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Surrealism, Candy, 1990's

Breaking Bad Toys

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Toy'sR Us is going to carry Breaking Bad action figures and accessories which include bags of pretend crystal meth. I think the pretend crystal meth should be pop rocks!
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Oct 20, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Drugs, Products, Retailing, Can't Possibly Be True

Mystery Illustration 2

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What is this jolly beatnik advertising?

1) Slot cars
2) Saturday morning cartoon shows
3) Vinyl records
4) Decals
5) Frederick's of Hollywood

Find the answer here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 17, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Facial Hair

Follies of the Madmen #231

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 11, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Education, 1970's

Ugly Notes

Ugly Notes is a company that sells greetings cards for "horrible people." They bear messages such as, "If you spoke your mind you'd be speechless," and "You brighten up the room with your absence."


The idea for marketing antisocial messages isn't new. It goes back at least to the 1960s, when entrepreneur Charles Hollis started selling stickers that bore messages such as "Kick a puppy today" and "Stamp out whooping cranes." I've written about Hollis over at the Hoax Museum.

And on the opposite end of the spectrum, you have organizations such as Love For The Elderly, which "collects anonymous letters of kindness and distributes them to elderly citizens throughout America." I'm guessing Love For The Elderly and Ugly Notes won't ever do a partnership.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 01, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Products

Follies of the Madmen #230

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From Look magazine for September 13, 1962.

Compare to Follies #227.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 22, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Surrealism, 1960's, Hair and Hairstyling

Follies of the Madmen #229

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Upskirt photography: one of advertising's less-utilized tools.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 06, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Shoes, Public Indecency, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #228



The cliche is: Swedes know everything about coffee--and sex. So that household should be a happy one, with busybody Mrs. Olson supervising the kitchen and, offstage, the bedroom.

Destination Earth



Mars needs petroleum byproducts!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 21, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Aliens, Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, Politics, 1950's
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