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Follies of the Madmen #224



All the fake employee singing in the world could not save the Robert Hall chain from bankruptcy a mere 4 years after this commercial aired.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Retailing, Music, 1970's

Speer’s Sambuci Wine

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What is this miraculous "sambuci wine?" I'm glad you asked.

Preparation.—Take of elder bark, parsley root, each, in coarse powder, 1 ounce; sherry wine, 1 pint, or a sufficient quantity. Form into a medicated wine by maceration or percolation, as explained under Vina Medicata, and make one pint of the preparation.

Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—Wine of elder is useful in dropsical diseases, especially ascites, and dropsy supervening upon scarlatina or other exanthematous diseases. Dose, 2 fluid ounces, 3 or 4 times a day.


Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 10, 2014 | Comments (23)
Category: Advertising, Natural Wonders, Nineteenth Century, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #223

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Those crossbars replicate the excruciating pain of the infamous parental sofabed from Seinfeld.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 09, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Appliances, 1960's

Knox Gelatine

Odd choice of photo to advertise their product, since this Big Red team member seems to be suffering from some kind of intestinal distress. From the Cornell Alumni News - Oct 19, 1939

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, 1930's

When Barbie Met Ken



Who ever knew it happened at a dance?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 02, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Toys, Teenagers, 1960's

5-Day Deodorant Pads



Do you have to abstain from washing your pits for five days to make this work and get your money's worth? I note this item still exists. Any experience with it among WUvies?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 30, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1950's

The Nicotine Fairies



Unless he was smoking something else.....

Look for the Sanforized label!

From Life magazine - Sep 15, 1941:


JULIA: Gk-gk-stop choking me, you brute!
GEORGE: I've been choking all day in a shrunk-up shirt because you forgot to look for the right label.
JULIA: What label?
GEORGE: The 'Sanforized' label, dumb-puss. The one that says the fabric won't shrink more than a little 1% by standard tests.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 23, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Advertising, Marriage, 1940's

Ancient Recorded Laughter Used as Movie Promo



The narrator explains the circumstances in the video.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 23, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Humor, Movies, Advertising, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Follies of the Madmen #222

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 22, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Cats
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