Category:
Advertising

Cranberry Candles

Make mayonnaise candles a holiday tradition...

Life - Nov 14, 1960

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 03, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Advertising, 1960s

Sack O’ Sauce

I'm sure the product tasted fine, but the name would give me pause.

Life - Jan 16, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 30, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Advertising, 1950s

Forty Commercial Minutes from 1969

An absolutely fascinating time capsule of absurdity, sincerity and mendacity in a vanished era.

Note how much pop culture had infiltrated advertising, such as the YELLOW SUBMARINE-style animation in several cases.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 28, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #481



Isn't it the offending husband who is usually the spouse assigned to sleep in the tub?

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 26, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Husbands, Wives, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #479



UPDATED: the source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 12, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Emotions, Underwear, 1960s

Take a good look

Take a good look at the gratuitous image of a scantily clad model, and then consider if you need an air raid warning system.

The American City - Oct 1954

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 11, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Advertising, 1950s

Novel Device for Stopping a Runaway Horse



If you read the words on the "counterweight," they say, "Recommendations for Reichenbach's Tile Drains." So this is a humorous advertisement rather than an actual patent. But I would not be surprised if someone somewhere had come up with such an idea.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 07, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Humor, Nineteenth Century

Bitten desserts in advertisements

Do consumers find images of desserts in advertisements more appealing if the desserts are whole, cut, or bitten?

The answer: it depends on whether or not the consumer is currently on a diet. That's according to research conducted by Donya Shabgard at the University of Manitoba for her 2017 master's thesis. From the thesis:

While participants without any dieting experience seemed to be unaffected by the bitten dessert, those with dieting experience who viewed the bitten dessert responded more favorably (higher purchase intentions, desirability evaluations, etc.) than those who viewed the cut and whole desserts. These findings were expected as research has shown that dieters differ from non dieters in their responses to food cues (Frank, Kim, Krzemien, & Van Vugt, 2010)...
These findings explain that the bitten dessert is percieved as more real and authentic in comparison to the cut and whole dessert, and, thus, these perceptions of realness resulted in its positive evaluations. After the bitten dessert, the cut dessert was perceived as being the next most real, with the whole dessert being viewed as the least real of the three.





via Really Magazine

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 02, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Advertising, Psychology, Dieting and Weight Loss

Follies of the Madmen #478



The horrifying Hotpoint Corporate Spokesbeing, with a giant Hotpoint logo wedged into its brain, appears to a mother and child.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 01, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Domestic, Surrealism, 1940s, Brain Damage

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