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Follies of the Madmen #240



"I'm so dumb I can't even pronounce 'aluminum!'"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 24, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960's, Brain Damage

The Sunshine Belt

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As Alex showed us earlier, Florida merited a celestial spotlight to be shone upon it. But it was not the only favored land!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps, Advertising, 1910's, South Pacific

Volto!

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I do believe I've featured Volto before, but I could not resist another encounter with him. Hope you all agree he deserves more fame!

The Complete Volto Archives here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Advertising, Comics, 1940's

Sexy Banana Spokeslady



This is really four commercials back to back. I like that sentient bananas are willing to strip their skins off and sacrifice themselves for humans.

Number three has one of the typical vintage representations of a cannibal for you to marvel at.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 10, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, Advertising, 1940's

Boys with beards

According to the New York Business Journal, the Campbell Soup Co. has recently dramatically increased its marketing budget with the launch of a multimedia ad campaign centered around a boy with a long beard ("The Wisest Kid in the Whole World") who advises people to have soup.


First thing I thought was that the kid reminded me of the bearded boy in those ads for the Boy Scouts that ran 3 or 4 years ago. Also, boys with beards look kinda strange.

But evidently the lesson from Madison Ave. is that boys with beards can really sell stuff.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 08, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, Facial Hair

Follies of the Madmen #239

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"Droodles" sounds ugly, like "drool." And these jokes are fit only to entertain an eight-year-old. Excellent campaign to indicate quality of product and sophistication of audience.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 08, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Games, Tobacco and Smoking, 1950's

Paradise Regained

1898 ad for the Florida East Coast Railway/Steamship line running from Jacksonville to Key West. I think all of us here at WU would agree that Florida definitely is special.


via Mappenstance and Library of Congress
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jan 04, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Advertising, Nineteenth Century

Follies of the Madmen #238

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A pelican garbed in Colonial clothes with lettering on its pouch is not the intuitive choice for a booze mascot.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 30, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, 1940's, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #237

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Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 19, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Radio, 1920's, Bodybuilding

Flashcube!



I remember when Flashcube and I protested the war at the Pentagon, dropped acid with Timothy Leary, and saw the Grateful Dead at Fillmore West. What an integral part of that decade he was!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 06, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Photography and Photographers, 1960's
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