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Follies of the Madmen #251

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Is that patchwork hippo supposed to be sexy? Because it's posed pretty sexily.

No, I don't want to think any more about this....

From Playboy for September 1983
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 08, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Sex Symbols, Shoes, 1980's

Follies of the Madmen #250

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Yes, men's socks were really improved by the spinoffs of aviation technology, and are somehow emblematic of an era of increased air travel.

From Esquire for October 1962.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 04, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Air Travel and Airlines, 1960's

Love’s Baby Soft, 1975 Commercial

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 31, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Video, Advertising, 1970's

Rare Instance of VW Beetle Seeming Sexy



Romance over practicality? What were they thinking?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 28, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, Sex Symbols, 1950's, Europe, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #249



Hey, buddy: those pallets aren't gonna stack themselves! And, lady, those clothes aren't gonna pin themselves to the line!

Seriously, does hubby even have a job after dashing out of work in the middle of the day?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Work and Vocational Training, Husbands, Wives, 1960's, Cars

Robot Commando Or Zeroids?  Your Choice!





Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 18, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Robots, Toys, 1950's, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #248



Stops spies from sweating during torture.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 11, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Spies and Intelligence Services, 1940's

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
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