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Attorney Larry L. Archie

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Via a chain of transmission that extends through our own Chuck Shepherd and longtime WU-vie Professor Music, we get the astonishing picture above, the kind of advert favored by Attorney Larry L. Archie.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 07, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Eccentrics, Law, Advertising

The Ideal Gift

Modern readers inevitably sense a note of sarcasm in the woman's words, which I'm sure wasn't the intent of the ad men who created this.

But I've gotta confess that I once gave my wife a set of canning equipment for her birthday. In my own defense, it was top of her wish list.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed May 06, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Advertising

Follies of the Madmen #247

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Original ad here.

An elegant motto for a useless product.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1950's

A-Bomb Detergent

Wash that radiation away!


Source: Life - Nov 20, 1950
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Apr 25, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, 1950's, Weapons

The gun safe enough to use as a toy


There seem to be layers of meaning in this ad. On one level, it's just a girl playing with her toys (and her gun). On another level, the doll clearly seems posed in a way to represent a dead person, shot perhaps by the girl who's looking down at the gun in her hand with regret. What's the message here?

Incidentally, wikipedia tells us that Iver Johnson revolvers were used in the assassinations of William McKinley and Robert Kennedy (and the attempted assassination of FDR).

Source: The Canadian Magazine - April 1904
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 21, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Guns, Toys, Advertising, 1900's

Gaytime Raspberry Roughs



Alas, in this less-innocent year of 2015, anyone soliciting a "gaytime raspberry rough" and expecting an ice cream treat is likely to get something different than they anticipated.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 17, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Public Indecency, 1960's, Double Entendres and Nudge-Nudge, Wink-Wink

Follies of the Madmen #246

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From Playboy for June 1973.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 13, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970's, Women, Cars

The Popular Pickle



There is so much to love about this video, from the whimsical music which makes it seem as if the cucumbers are just going on holiday, instead of being wrenched from their happy fields and families, then sliced and seasoned for consumption by monstrous hairless apes, to the very phrase "pickle packer." The one omission, understandable in light of 1950s' reticence, is no mention of the cucumber as sex toy.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 10, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Regionalism, Advertising, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Farming, Vegetables, 1950's

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
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