Category:
Advertising

The Advertising Chair



When the chair rocked, visible adverts scrolled in the arms of the chair. So much for our age having a monopoly on intrusive ads.



Complete patent here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 12, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Inventions, Technology, Advertising, Interior Decorating, 1900s

Follies of the Madmen #382



Associating your product, even in jest, with reviled aristocrats: not the smartest move.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 11, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Royalty, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #381



If you're going to make an outrageous claim for your product, why not go big!

Alice Pearce.

Joey Heatherton.

One source I have seen credits this ad to the famous George Lois.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 06, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body Modifications, Business, Advertising, Cosmetics, 1960s

Cigar Tools—For Her!


Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 04, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, Women

TV Panties



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 26, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Underwear, 1940s

Follies of the Madmen #380




Original ad from Radio Mirror for September 1937.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 24, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #379



From Playboy for April 1972.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 13, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Sex Symbols, Shoes, 1970s

I’m a Thinner

This ad campaign came out in 1976, before Stephen King's 1984 novel Thinner. But even so, "I'm a Thinner" sounds creepy, like something from a horror novel.

It also sounds a bit like they're saying "I'm a sinner" with a lisp. Maybe intentional?





source: UCSF

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 08, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, Smoking and Tobacco, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #378



Cupid, traditionally the intermediary of erotic love, engenders a pea-based affection between mother and son.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 08, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Children, Parents, 1950s

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