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Follies of the Mad Men #167

[Click to enlarge. From Esquire for February 1958.]

1) You are using a childrens' picture-book icon to advertise an adult product. Why not employ the Grinch to sell booze?

2) Even if some parent found this ad to be cute when presented with it in some other forum, you are running it in Esquire, a magazine which, prior to the debut of Playboy, was Swinging Bachelor Hangout #1.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 23, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Literature, Children, 1950's, Europe, Cars

2000 Feet of Hot Wheels Track

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 21, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Toys, Rube Goldberg Devices, Charity, Cars

What’s the Big Hurry?

Perhaps the most surreal and post-apocalyptic safe-driving PSA of all times. But then again, 1974 was a trippy year.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 26, 2011 | Comments (10)
Category: Accidents, Anthropomorphism, PSA's, 1970's, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #157

It took me a while to notice this robot/ghost car has no human driver. That's weird enough. But then to learn the haunted car is on a sightseeing mission to NYC...

What were these guys smoking?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 30, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, 1960's, Cars



Car bras? That's old school uncool! Your vehicle needs a 'stache. Visit Carstache to learn more, especially about their newest, pictured here and available just in time for July 4th!

All thanks to WU-vie Ethan Eyler.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 09, 2011 | Comments (1)
Category: Inventions, Reader Recommendation, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Cars

Rocket Car

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 03, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Technology, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #132

What does this ad teach us?

1) Your friendly neighborhood car mechanic is a whining, moronic crook.

2) Your new car purchase can undermine the local economy.

3) If and when you do need your new car serviced, by any surviving garage, it will undoubtedly be sabotaged.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 24, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, 1960's, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #127

[From Life magazine for Nov 28 1969.]

Yes, I drive a cartoon.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 29, 2010 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Cartoons, 1960's, Cars

Station Wagon or Limousine?

There was an article in my local paper recently about a man who was loaning his unique car to film-makers. The article didn't include any pictures, however, so I went online to see what made the car so original. I admit that I am not much into cars, even though I love the television show Top Gear. But I know weirdness when I see it, and this car definitely qualifies. This is the 1969 Checker Aerobus (pictured). As you can see, it has four doors on each side. Back then they called it a station wagon, but it is now classified as a limousine. The Checker Motors Corporation is more famously known for manufacturing the iconic taxi cab. The Wikipedia article can tell you more (and it's worth reading).
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sun Aug 22, 2010 | Comments (9)
Category: History, Mass Transit, Motor Vehicles, Cars, Transportation, 1960's
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