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Double Throat

The Ventriloquist Journal explains that this ad used to run in the back of comic books. What you got, if you sent away for it, was "a capsule-sized metal whistle thing you were supposed to put in your mouth... it was useless for anything except making whistle sounds."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Sep 01, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Noises and Other Public Disturbances of the Peace, Advertising

Follies of the Madmen #228



The cliche is: Swedes know everything about coffee--and sex. So that household should be a happy one, with busybody Mrs. Olson supervising the kitchen and, offstage, the bedroom.

Beer Maypole

The pagan worship of giant beer bottles. Ad from 1907. [via the Rainier beer collection at flickriver.com]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 30, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Advertising, 1900's

The Dog Exterminator

An advertisement in The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review, August 1893. This seems to be similar to the pepper spray that mailmen carry nowadays, but with a more colorful name. [via What the Apothecary Ordered]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 28, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Advertising, Nineteenth Century

Destination Earth



Mars needs petroleum byproducts!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 21, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Aliens, Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, Politics, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #227

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Yes, our product is number one among insane vegan fashionistas!

From Woman's Day for April 1962.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 18, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Vegetables, 1960's

Clysmic Water

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Source of B&W image (in back page advert section).

If this ad were selling bottled elk urine, I'd buy the stuff. Luckily, the product actually sounded beneficial.

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Source of text.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 15, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Art, Business, Advertising, Products, Health, Regionalism, 1900's

Logotastic

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Dirty Bird Fried Chicken has a strangely familiar looking logo. I can't place what it reminds me of...
NSFW at link.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Aug 13, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Advertising

Follies of the Madmen #226

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Clunkiest metaphor ever. Garment causing deadly vision obstruction that will be shredded by fanbelt = engine protection.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 02, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Motor Vehicles, 1960's
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