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Forest Fire Lamp

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Favorite illumination of arsonists everywhere!

Original ad here. (Page 25.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Mar 21, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Destruction, Appliances, 1940's

Happy Hotpoint

Even eventual superstars had to start somewhere.

At the age of 17, Mary Tyler Moore aspired to be a dancer. She started her career as "Happy Hotpoint", a tiny elf dancing on Hotpoint appliances in TV commercials during the 1950s series Ozzie and Harriet.[9] She appeared in 39 TV commercials in five days, ultimately earning about $6,000 from her first job.[10] Her time as "Happy Hotpoint" ended when it became difficult to conceal her pregnancy in the dancing elf costume.[9]
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Dec 22, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Celebrities, Advertising, Appliances, 1950's, Dance

Young Man’s Fancy

Electricity: too cheap to meter!

Personalized Alarm Clock

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Upon a moment's reflection, the creepiness of this product becomes apparent, explaining why it never caught on. The notion of one's own voice pleasantly or angrily cajoling the sleeper to awake is straight out of some Philip K. Dick dystopia, in which the hero's brain has been split into two separate personalities. "Wake up, Paul, wake up! Today is the day you must assassinate the ambassador from Rigel Nine!"

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 20, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Domestic, Appliances, Psychology, 1970's

Dumbest Breakfast Device Ever.


Original story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 03, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Chindogu, Appliances, 1920's

Toilet Gun


The ad copy advises me to "Think of it!" and to contemplate the "powerful chain reaction." I sure am, buster! I'm thinking of what happens when you apply an explosive force to a ceramic bowl filled with excrement and wet paper that won't flush. And why aren't these devices common nowadays, if they were so great?

I think I'll stick with the old plumber's helper, thank you!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 07, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Domestic, Appliances, Hygiene, Excrement, Technology, 1960's

Brown Bobby


Get rich quick with triangular donuts!

Explanation here.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 03, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Technology, Junk Food, Appliances, 1930's

Numi Toilet

Longtime WU-vies know all about the Japanese fascination with complex automated toilets. Now there's one for the USA market.

And for only $6400.00!

Read a review here.


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Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 15, 2011 | Comments (6)
Category: Appliances, 1940's, Hair and Hairstyling

Violet Healing Rays


Original ad here. (Scroll down a bit.)

Read the history here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 23, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Health, Technology, Appliances, 1910's
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