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Follies of the Madmen #245

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What was the miracle of "V-line Breez?" Your powerful imagination convincing you that you looked different!

From Esquire for July 1949.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1940's

Follies of the Madmen #244



"Oral bad breath" as opposed to what other orifice?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 18, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960's

Cameras In Rentals Hertz Business

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Hertz has installed cameras that are able to view the interior of the vehicle in a portion of its fleet and many customers are upset. The company claims the cameras have never been used but they put out a commercial showing how handy the device could be in case of an accident. A representative for the company claims that was a 'mock up'. A mock up? In advertising, really? That kind of behavior; advertising a feature that is not available OR stating the cameras had never been used when they had been, because only one of those statements can be true, makes one wonder if camera use would be disclosed in the future. The book 1984 wasn't even close, there won't be just one big brother watching.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Mar 16, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Video, Can't Possibly Be True, More Things To Worry About, Cars

Losing 103 lbs to Music!

Mrs. Derby suffered from a "mountainous burden of flesh," but when the music started to play, the pounds just melted away.


Source: The Ladies Home Journal, Nov. 1922
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Mar 14, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, 1920's

Follies of the Madmen #243


Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Music, Toys, 1960's

Storm Window Manufacturing



It's a rare child who has a hotline to a storm-window tycoon!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 07, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Sports, Juvenile Delinquency

Come A Little Closer

One Berlin funeral service's strategy for drumming up new business.

According to advertolog.com, the subway billboard was "done by Jung Von Matt/Spree Berlin advertising agency for brand: Bergemann & Sohn in Germany. It was released in the Sep 2006."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 05, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Advertising

Bile Beans

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One of the less-alluringly named nostrums. Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 28, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Drugs, Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, Advertising, Excrement, Nineteenth Century, Diseases

The First Dog Whisperer



Much iconography that was once taken for granted as part of our culture now means nothing to people. Does any youth of today understand that a Napolean hat = crazy?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 26, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Nutrition, Dogs, 1960's

Sodaburst



A solution without a problem. So much easier than scooping a dollop of vanilla ice cream into a glass of root beer. Now with limited flavor choices!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 25, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Advertising, Chindogu, Junk Food, 1960's
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