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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

Follies of the Madmen #242

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From American Home for September 1966.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 24, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Dreams and Nightmares, 1960's, Fictional Monsters

Monkey Brand Soap

In the days before Mr. Clean, there was Monkey Brand. Though it seems an odd choice for whatever ad man thought this up to figure that people would associate a grinning monkey with clean dishes.


Source: Sketch Magazine, April 1908
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 21, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1900's

Ouija Board, 1968

Parker Brothers bought the commercial rights to the Ouija Board in 1966. Based on this 1968 ad, I'm guessing that they were wary of marketing it as a device for communicating with dead people. Instead, they tried to sell it as a kind of Magic 8-Ball. But really, who would ask a Ouija board such boring questions?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 20, 2015 | Comments (16)
Category: Paranormal, Advertising, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #241

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 12, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Family, Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1950's, Asia

Oog Bongo Walsco Fringo

Crazy eyes!


Source: Radio Electronics magazine - April 1952
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Feb 08, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, 1950's

B.O. Gone—Romance Comes!


Source: Radio Mirror magazine, April 1934.

See here and here for other examples posted on WU of the ad industry's campaign to scare everyone into buying products to get rid of unwanted body odor.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 07, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Hygiene, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Advertising, 1930's

Follies of the Madmen #240



"I'm so dumb I can't even pronounce 'aluminum!'"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 24, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1960's, Brain Damage
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