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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

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

Flick Candles

The Flicking Candle Company has staked out an unusual niche in the candle market. Instead of offering candles with the scent of a summer beach or a field of wildflowers, it sells ones that "celebrate the fresh scent of failed marriages, ruined friendships, rejection, criminal activity, unprotected sex, and unexpected weight gain."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jul 09, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Products, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

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
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