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Yes, this is the 60s as nearly as I recall them.

If you like the trailer for Chappaqua, whole movie below.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 30, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Addictions, Movies, 1960's, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Cigarette Karaoke

Plus, millions of free cigarettes for our hospitalized fighting men!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 26, 2013 | Comments (14)
Category: Addictions, Business, Advertising, Hospitals, Television, Smoking and Tobacco, 1950'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

What cigarette would your doctor recommend?

An ad campaign for Camels from the mid 1940s. The Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising site (where I found them) notes:

The none-too-subtle message was that if the doctor, with all of his expertise, chose to smoke a particular brand, then it must be safe. Unlike with celebrity and athlete endorsers, the doctors depicted were never specific individuals, because physicians who engaged in advertising would risk losing their license. (It was contrary to accepted medical ethics at the time for doctors to advertise.) Instead, the images always presented an idealized physician - wise, noble, and caring - who enthusiastically partook of the smoking habit. All of the "doctors" in these ads came out of central casting from among actors dressed up to look like doctors.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 10, 2013 | Comments (11)
Category: Addictions, Advertising, 1940's

Metaphysical Scrabble

It's a little long, at 8 minutes, 20 seconds or so (it actually stops before the timer), but it will definitely be your weird moment of the day.

Posted By: Nethie | Date: Wed Aug 04, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Addictions, Eccentrics, Games, Surrealism

Corn Dogs

Summer is almost here, the ultimate corn dog season. (But is there ever a wrong time for corn dogs?)

Stock up now on batter mix and a special deep fryer, from this vendor.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 19, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Addictions, Animals, Food, Kitsch and Collectibles, Regionalism


Just when you thought the anti-smoking campaign might be working, along comes a news story that proves otherwise. Ardi Rizal, aged two years, has a 40-per-day smoking habit. His mother has tried to get him to stop, especially since the government has offered to buy the family a new car once the child quits, but she says he is entirely too addicted. His father, on the other hand, doesn't see any problem - "He looks pretty healthy to me..." In the meantime, Ardi's health is such that he can't run around and play with the other kids. Instead he rides around on a plastic toy truck while puffing away, looking like a parody of a middle-aged truck driver.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Thu May 27, 2010 | Comments (14)
Category: Addictions, Health, Tobacco and Smoking, Smoking and Tobacco, More Things To Worry About

Follies of the Mad Men #101

Why can't SpongeBob be as upfront about his nicotine addiction as Fred and Barney? (Note: I created this post prior to its release days ago--and then Boing-Boing scooped me! Oh, well, great minds and all that...)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 30, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Addictions, Tobacco and Smoking, Cartoons, 1960's
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