According to the New York Business Journal
, the Campbell Soup Co. has recently dramatically increased its marketing budget with the launch of a multimedia ad campaign centered around a boy with a long beard ("The Wisest Kid in the Whole World") who advises people to have soup.
First thing I thought was that the kid reminded me of the bearded boy in those ads for the Boy Scouts that ran 3 or 4 years ago
. Also, boys with beards look kinda strange.
But evidently the lesson from Madison Ave. is that boys with beards can really sell stuff.
What is this jolly beatnik advertising?
1) Slot cars
2) Saturday morning cartoon shows
3) Vinyl records
5) Frederick's of Hollywood
Find the answer here.
Back from the '70s, its...flower beards
The dawn of the era of distracted driving.
Original ad here.
Once upon a time, in a simpler age when electricity was expensive or balky, windup razors were popular in Europe and Russia.
In the Space Age, you could even buy the NASA-approved version!
But except for vintage models
(a mere $100.00), purely mechanical razors seem to have vanished from the marketplace. Although in this era of environmentalism, it seems they should fulfill a certain demand.
The closest such product I can find cheats by using electricity--though it is
for November 1968. Click to enlarge.]
I can imagine a man being follicle-challenged and able only to grow a patchy beard or mustache. But most of us can grow a perfectly fine crop of facial hair for free. Why would anyone spend money for a fake? And the price! The Inflation Calculator I always use says: "What cost $30 in 1968 would cost $185.89 in 2010."
But the weirdest thing is the appeal to scam your girlfriend or one-night-stand with fake hair. Huh?
Vern Sion took home the prize in a beard contest judged May 21, 1951. I think he earned it.
(Found in the LA Examiner archive
About disposable razors. Way back in the day, a razor was a single blade with a wooden handle. And it worked. But that wasn't good enough. Makers of disposable razors have been adding blades since the 1970s, until today, when ShaveMate introduced a razor with six (yes, six) blades. And not just more blades, but their Titan 6 has shaving cream in the handle and a moisture strip. This is great news for the man that wants to remove several layers of skin from his face without that terrible razor burn effect. Read the amusing article for more.
magazine for December 13 1943.]
Okay, if you want to claim that your shaving cream will make the Average Joe resemble a movie star, wouldn't you pick Errol Flynn, say, or even Humphrey Bogart, rather than Frankenstein's monster?