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Follies of the Madmen #268

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This was one of a series of postwar ads for magnesium, which illustrated how the miracle metal would allow consumers to do things nobody would ever want to do, like carry a baby carriage on your shoulder.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 21, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Technology, Babies and Toddlers, 1940's

Christmas Tune Co-opted



Curse you, Halo Shampoo, for tricking me into thinking I was going to hear a nice rendition of "Jingle Bells."

Also, smart move you made, covering up the majority of the hair in your hair-centric commercial with hats.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 16, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Holidays, Advertising, 1950's, Hair and Hairstyling

Follies of the Madmen #267

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It's funny, because women don't know which end of a lathe is up!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 08, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, Tools, Hair Styling, 1960's, Women

Television Set for the Differently Abled



Very forward-looking and thoughtful of Westinghouse to create a TV set that aided one-handed people. Of course, nowadays you only need one finger (on the remote) to tune!

Hog dogs with a message

In 1990, the Viskase Corp. debuted a breakthrough in hot-dog technology. It had developed an edible ink that allowed messages to be printed onto hot dogs during the manufacturing process.

As far as I can tell, this technology failed to find a market. The NY Times reported that "the Viskase Corporation found no takers for its offer to print edible-ink ads on hot dogs."

Perhaps this was because a) what kind of message is best delivered via hot dog?, and b) hot dogs are usually covered with condiments, which would hide the message.

Image source: Newsweek - Jan 22, 1990

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 14, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Advertising, 1990's

Follies of the Madmen #264



That young couple is stopping not to admire the tablecloth but to gawk and laugh at the grade-school-dropout, simpleton-style hat worn by Dad.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Family, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Headgear, 1950's

Anything you can do out of a suit you can now do in a suit

If I ever tried this move, I'd be stuck that way forever.

Source: New York Times Magazine - Apr 30, 1972

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 03, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, 1970's

Groovy Gasoline



Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 27, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Motor Vehicles, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #263



The deodorant that combines the crushing force of Niagara Falls with the brutal chemicals of a municipal water-treatment plant.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 26, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Nature, 1950's
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