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Follies of the Madmen #217


Maybe I tend to overthink things. But I confess I am baffled by the situation depicted in this ad.

1) Assume the girl in blue is a child, not an adult. Let's call her 8-10 years old.

2) The thing in her lap could be a doll.

a) But if it is a doll, its eyes are directed at the cookie, and it's reaching for it. It is not drawn to resemble an artificial thing. It is drawn as real as the girl.

3) The thing in her lap could be another living child.

a) But the only living child bearing that proportion to a ten-year-old would be, oh, what, a six-month-old baby? And what six-month-old baby ever looked like that?

Alternate explanation.

The girl in blue is an adult woman, the creature in her lap is a midget, and the whole thing is a fetish setup.

Please provide other theories, if possible!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 05, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Business, Advertising, Comics, Candy, 1940's

EDEKA Supermarket Commercial

It worked. I want to shop there now.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 23, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Surrealism, Europe

Follies of the Madmen #216

I understand James Cameron is already adapting parts of this for the Avatar sequel, along with all his other "influences."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 09, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1950's

COKE TIME with Eddie Fisher

"Product placement? What product placement?"

The lowdown from Wikipedia.

That Formfit Feeling

What exactly is she feeling? Insanity? Hysteria? [source: Life - Aug 22, 1960]

And here she looks like a vampire craning its neck back, about to bite a victim. [source:]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 01, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Advertising, Underwear, 1960's

Make Molds for Fun & Profit


Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Sexuality, Advertising, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #215

Does anyone under the age of fifty even know who Felix the Cat is anymore? Having a character born in 1919 as your "hip" cartoon representative seems a somewhat dubious move to me. And Felix is only onscreen for like a millisecond.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 26, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Cats, 1910's

“Now you can SHAVE in your car!”


The dawn of the era of distracted driving.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 25, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, 1950's, Facial Hair

One of These Ads Is Not Like the Others

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I think Dad would rather look at the last ad in this sequence.

All taken from the same 1951 issue of BOYS LIFE.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 09, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Magazines, Advertising, Sex Symbols, 1950's
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