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Follies of the Madmen #391



You have to be tripping on LSD to appreciate us.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 23, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Motor Vehicles, Surrealism, 1950s

Manpons

Strange ads created by the charity WaterAid in 2015 asking people to imagine what the world would be like if men had periods and had to use 'manpons'. This then served as a lead-in to the info that 1.25 billion women worldwide don't have access to a toilet during their period.





Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 21, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Hygiene, Body Fluids, Advertising

Follies of the Madmen #390



Our coffee is appreciated by harridans and idiots.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 18, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Annoying Things, Business, Advertising, Products, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #389



"Our whiskey tastes like carrots."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 14, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, 1940s, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #388



Dress so as to resemble a soda can.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 08, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #387



Don't be a "Pipestem Pete!" Also, how does "energy" fit into a very specific list of vitamins and minerals?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 01, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Food, 1950s, Bodybuilding

Follies of the Madmen #386



Very convoluted ad for the Sir Galahad watchband that will add courage to your wrist.

By the way:

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 25, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Television, 1940s, Comedians

Follies of the Madmen #385



Our shoes are comparable to hideous sea monsters.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 22, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Business, Advertising, Shoes, 1940s, Fictional Monsters

Follies of the Madmen #384



How the heck did that tub get out there, and how's that naked gal going to get home?

And without plumbing, will she fill it, pail by pail, with seawater?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 18, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Nature, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1950s

Bacchus After-Shave

Very strange 1969 ad campaign for Bacchus after-shave. The premise is that instead of leaving a giant horse outside of Troy, the Greeks actually left a "towering bottle of Bacchus," and that this caused the Trojan women to become so wild with lust that the Trojan men no longer had time for fighting.

It then follows this up with the tagline: "The Romans conquered an empire with it. Go out and conquer yours."

But what do the Romans have to do with the Trojan horse? Rome didn't even exist at the time of the Trojan war. I guess there's a vague connection because the Romans believed they were descended from the Trojans, but even so the history seems hopelessly muddled.



Esquire - Jan 1970

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 16, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: History, Advertising, 1960s, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

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