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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

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

5-Day Deodorant Pads



Do you have to abstain from washing your pits for five days to make this work and get your money's worth? I note this item still exists. Any experience with it among WUvies?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 30, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1950's

The Nicotine Fairies



Unless he was smoking something else.....

Follies of the Madmen #222

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 22, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Cats

Follies of the Madmen #221

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Family lives in eerie black hole environment, stores floating possessions at many levels but without formal order.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 15, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Appliances, Family, 1950's

Goodbye to Garbage



The ominous opening music implies a problem at least equivalent to a serial killer loose in the neighborhood. But it's only some spilled coffee grounds.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 05, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Garbage, Trash, Waste and Other Detritus, Appliances, 1950's, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #220

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What product can this staged photo from 1969 possibly be advertising?

For the answer visit the original ad here.

Fresh-Up Freddie

Disney characters have touted much merch. But rarely has the studio designed a character expressly as a corporate spokesman. The exception is Fresh-Up Freddie for 7-Up.

But what a godawful mess he was, all over the stereotype map.

In this non-embeddable commercial Freddie is manic like Woody Woodpecker or Daffy Duck. Then he does a Maurice Chevalier imitation. There are real humans and teenybopper birds.



Still manic, but now he's also a "teenager" Fred Astaire.



Some kind of socialite William Powell/Richie Rich.



Texas oil baron.



Now he talks like Speedy Gonzalez, as a bullfighter.



Cowboy.



And last but not least, Freddie has a sex change.


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