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Follies of the Madmen #301



The birth of the selfie generation.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 18, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Family, Hobbies and DIY, Movies, 1950s

Hinkle Tablets

In 1915, this nostrum contained a nice little dose of strychnine. One assumes that by the time of the 1956 advert, they had eliminated that ingredient.




Original letter here.




Original ad here (page 13).

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 16, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Advertising, Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil, 1910s, 1950s

How To Lick Pimples

Source: Santa's Christmas Comics, Dec 1952



via reddit

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 10, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, 1950s, Skin and Skin Conditions

Irv Pollock, Auto Dealer

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According to this verbal portrait of the era,, the Toledo, Ohio, car-dealership scene of the 40s, 50s and 60s was a vibrant, competitive time. Certainly a dealer would want to come up with wild ads to stand out. Irv Pollock must have felt that way anyhow!

Note: you might have to scroll left or right at the links to see the original ad.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 07, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Regionalism, 1940s, 1950s, Cars

Bowling is for Bored Teens!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 06, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Sports, Teenagers, 1960s

Hurff Canned Goods

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Once upon a time, a company with the somewhat off-putting name of Hurff was big enough to advertise in a top-of-the-line national magazine like LIFE.

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Here's the backstory, so far as I can find out.

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I have found ads from them as late as 1948. Does that mean that store was selling three-year-old cans of food, given the plant-closing date of 1945? Or maybe the plant did not close, but Hurff himself was forced out? We will probably never know...

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Hurff is a fine forgotten piece of what cartoonist Robert Crumb calls "weird old America."

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 16, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Food, Regionalism, Advertising, 1930s, 1940s

Follies of the Madmen #299

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Not sure what the slugger prowess of stews has to do with running an airline. Nowadays, they could use a baseball bat for drunk-passenger control.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 15, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Sports, Air Travel and Airlines, 1960s

Just Imagine



The uproarious laughter by the human executive at the antics of Tommy Telephone, a plainly impossible vision, proclaims that the fellow is gratefully descending into the dark swamp of insanity due to the high stresses of his job.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 10, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Products, Communications, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Technology, Telephones, Cartoons, Stop-motion Animation, 1940s, Brain Damage

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