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Skin Laxative

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From an era when "laxative" obviously meant something different than today--I hope!

Original (full) ad here. Scroll to page 8.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 21, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Medicine, Advertising, 1930's, Butt

Follies of the Madmen #221

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Family lives in eerie black hole environment, stores floating possessions at many levels but without formal order.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 15, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Appliances, Family, 1950's

VertiBird!







Kids these days, with their miraculous untethered toy helicopters! How could they ever know the true joy of a helicopter at the end of a rod?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 10, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Flight, Toys, Advertising, 1970's

Avoid Scalp Scum

I'm not exactly sure what "scalp scum" is, but it definitely sounds like it's worth avoiding.


This ad ran in Time, Newsweek, etc. in the late 1940s. via Duke Libraries.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jun 05, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Advertising, 1940's

Goodbye to Garbage



The ominous opening music implies a problem at least equivalent to a serial killer loose in the neighborhood. But it's only some spilled coffee grounds.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 05, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Garbage, Trash, Waste and Other Detritus, Appliances, 1950's, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #220

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What product can this staged photo from 1969 possibly be advertising?

For the answer visit the original ad here.

Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar

Back in the 1940s, it became popular for business groups to put out "publicity comics" whose purpose was to instill in youth business-friendly feelings. One example was "Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar" put out by the American Bankers Association. The plot of the comic was that Bob, a schoolboy, wants to know about banks, so his mentor, Peter Penny, takes him around on a magic dollar to teach him about all the wonderful things that banks and bankers do.

I can't find a complete copy of this comic online, but a few pages of it can be read over at lostsoti.org.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 02, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Business, Advertising, Comics, 1940's

McDonalds, the Musical

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 30, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Advertising

His Marshmallows Wouldn’t Behave


Completely insane man spends his days trying to discipline marshmallows.

Source: Newsweek - Feb 28, 1949
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon May 26, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Advertising, 1940's

“He Prescribes Asbestos Medicine”


source: Newsweek, 1947
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 23, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Medicine, Advertising
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