In the days before Mr. Clean, there was Monkey Brand. Though it seems an odd choice for whatever ad man thought this up to figure that people would associate a grinning monkey with clean dishes.
Source: Sketch Magazine, April 1908
Source: Radio Mirror magazine
, April 1934.
for other examples posted on WU of the ad industry's campaign to scare everyone into buying products to get rid of unwanted body odor.
"Will absorb all fatty tissues from any part of the body." I wonder if Dr. Bouchaud was related in any way to Dr. Anton Phibes?
From The Australian Home Journal
, June 1926 [via Vintage Ads
I knew that it's popular to put politician's faces on toilet paper (for instance, Amazon sells Obama toilet paper
as well as Mitt Romney toilet paper
), but I didn't realize that these kind of novelty products were being sold even back in World War I. [via Daily Mail
A hot tub built into a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille — both fully functioning. Its creators are taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month to get it officially recognized as the world's fastest hot tub. More info here
Back in 1996, two East German entrepreneurs came up with the idea of converting old telephone booths into shower stalls. They plumbed up two booths and sold them for 4000 marks each. However, their idea ran aground when Deutsche Telekom refused to sell them any more old booths, fearing that, in the words of their spokesman, "It would be problematic if someone wanted to make an emergency call and ran into the booth that was actually a shower."
My German grandfather often used to say, "Ich bin kein Dukatenscheisser." (I don't s**t money.) But if he had this roll of toilet paper
, he could have wiped with money. Or rather, gold.
It's 6-layer toilet paper embossed with 24-karat gold plate. It comes in 2 versions: either with the words 'Happy Birthday' or an Alpine rose embossed on it. Yours for only 178.50 Euros ($245, according to my desktop currency converter).
From the Victorian period. Looks like it would have been kinda fun. [source: The Virtual Victorian