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Television Set for the Differently Abled

Very forward-looking and thoughtful of Westinghouse to create a TV set that aided one-handed people. Of course, nowadays you only need one finger (on the remote) to tune!

Hog dogs with a message

In 1990, the Viskase Corp. debuted a breakthrough in hot-dog technology. It had developed an edible ink that allowed messages to be printed onto hot dogs during the manufacturing process.

As far as I can tell, this technology failed to find a market. The NY Times reported that "the Viskase Corporation found no takers for its offer to print edible-ink ads on hot dogs."

Perhaps this was because a) what kind of message is best delivered via hot dog?, and b) hot dogs are usually covered with condiments, which would hide the message.

Image source: Newsweek - Jan 22, 1990

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 14, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Advertising, 1990's

Follies of the Madmen #264

That young couple is stopping not to admire the tablecloth but to gawk and laugh at the grade-school-dropout, simpleton-style hat worn by Dad.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Family, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Headgear, 1950's

Anything you can do out of a suit you can now do in a suit

If I ever tried this move, I'd be stuck that way forever.

Source: New York Times Magazine - Apr 30, 1972

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 03, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, 1970's

Groovy Gasoline

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 27, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Motor Vehicles, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #263

The deodorant that combines the crushing force of Niagara Falls with the brutal chemicals of a municipal water-treatment plant.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 26, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Nature, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #262

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 17, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Annoying Things, Business, Advertising, Products, Death, Insects, 1960's, Australia

Follies of the Madmen #261

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 06, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1960's, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #260


Is the falling-down part of skiing really what the resort wants to highlight?

From the Daily Illini for December 19, 1967.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 15, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Regionalism, Screwups, Sports, Advertising, 1960's

2-Star Review

Truth in advertising. A poster for the new movie Legend, starring Tom Hardy, prominently displays the fact that the reviewer for the Guardian gave it only a two-star review.

The reviewer reacts on Twitter:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Advertising
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