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Paris Sweepstakes



Boring pep talk from a CEO segues into a husband's foreign sex fantasies. That's a sweepstakes promotion!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 17, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Advertising, 1960's, Europe

Follies of the Madmen #234





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Message: it helps to be crazy if you want to drink Gold Spot.

More info here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 10, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, India

Roto-Rooter Commercials







Saving idiot housewives, time-stressed housewives, and horror fans from yucky stinky water troubles for decades.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 03, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Hygiene, Excrement, 1960's, 1970's

Dr. Bouchaud’s Flesh-Reducing Soap

"Will absorb all fatty tissues from any part of the body." I wonder if Dr. Bouchaud was related in any way to Dr. Anton Phibes?


From The Australian Home Journal, June 1926 [via Vintage Ads]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Advertising, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1920's

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

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You recall perhaps the full-size rubber mask of the mystery half-wit? Well, here he is again, as a hand-puppet, inexplicably consorting with legit Disney characters. The manufacturers must have loved that design.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 28, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Puppets and Automatons, Advertising, Comics, 1940's

Refreshment on the Job



The economy that soda built.

Battle of the Vintage Chocolate Drinks

Name your poison! Bosco, Ovaltine, Borden's or Tootsie V-M?










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Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 23, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Chocolate, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #232



Existential candybars, as only David Cronenberg could direct it.

For more weirdness, try his new novel.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 21, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Surrealism, Candy, 1990's
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