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Follies of the Madmen #488

Induces gagging sensations of sipping tobacco-flavored drink.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 20, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, 1960s, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

The Great Beauty Contest of Life

"Whatever you do—wherever you go—you are in a Beauty Contest."

Kansas City Times - Mar 12, 1932



Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 16, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Advertising, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #487



This impossible freakish dog is a true representative of the species, and thus can be a fine judge of the sponsor's food.

Plus, cats are jealous of both dog food and cigarettes.

Ad source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 06, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Food, Cats, Dogs, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #486

Just a sample of the horrors you'll see after you drink enough of our booze.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 04, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Horror, 1950s, Alcohol

Why aren’t your feet as sexy as the rest of you?

One of life's great mysteries.

The ad ran in Cosmopolitan magazine (and probably other publications) in the late 1960s.

I found it in The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe (1976) by William A. Rossi.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 02, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, 1960s, Feet

Keep the mouth glands active

"unless we watch out, the mouth glands slow up and decay sets in. The formula to correct this was worked out in Pebeco Tooth Paste."

San Francisco Examiner - Aug 21, 1927

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 24, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Hygiene, Advertising, 1920s, Teeth

Want-Ad Wonders

Two weeks ago I posted about Dr. Clark Wells, who spent his career trying to figure out how to remove bugs from windshields. One of the sources for that post was a cartoon titled 'Want-Ad Wonders.'

Some further research has revealed that 'Want-Ad Wonders' was a series, authored by Howard Parish, that ran irregularly in papers in the 1950s and '60s, with the goal of promoting the use of want-ads. Parish diligently collected together examples of odd ways in which want-ads had played a role in history. It's certainly one of the more narrowly focused cartoon series I've seen.





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Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 22, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Advertising, Cartoons

Baby and Cockroach

In 2003, the UK children's charity Barnardo's came out with the ad below. It promptly triggered numerous complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority. Barnardo's argued that it "caused distress for good reason, but the ASA banned the ad anyway, saying it could "cause serious or widespread offense."

The ad was subsequently voted one of the top 10 ads of 2003 by Campaign magazine.

Of course, the charity must have known it was likely the ad would get banned, but evidently figured the controversy would attract more attention to their message than something more subdued.



Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 15, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Babies, Charities and Philanthropy, Insects, Advertising, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

“You can sniff my mint”

What in the world were the admen thinking who dreamed up this campaign?

And I wonder how many parents actually let their kids wear this thing.

Arizona Republic - Apr 29, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 10, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Advertising, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #485



No infants were harmed in the making of this ad. Oh, wait a minute, they're not breathing...

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 08, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Babies, Business, Advertising, Death, 1950s, Goofs and Screw-ups

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