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Advertising

Follies of the Madmen #368



Cigarettes tied to alarming increase in skirt flareups!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 09, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, 1990s

Follies of the Madmen #367



Godzilla-sized soap bar terrorizes city.

Original ad here (page 258).

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 04, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1910s

Promoting God via Margarine

Had to be one of the least enthusiastic product endorsements ever.

A country parson is going on British television with a commercial for God and margarine. ..
The Rev. Mr. Stephens said he took the job only on condition he could write his own script. He starts by saying he is not really a margarine man because it reminds him of his years in the army. Then he adds: "However, we ate it. Our system probably needed it. The body needs fat like the soul needs God."
The commercial was filmed in his study.

Rev. Ronald Stephens



Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer - Nov 12, 1970

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 28, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Religion, Advertising, 1970s

Ambush Perfume







Apparently, women who wore this perfume were inclined to hide behind vegetation--then presumably leap out upon their prey.

History and description of perfume here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 22, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1950s, 1960s, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Follies of the Madmen #366



Our service is a dead artifact sealed off from all human contact.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 18, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1960s, Bus

The Beer Parade



I particularly like the church-keys functioning as skis.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 17, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Stop-motion Animation, 1950s, Alcohol

Western Electric Design Line Phones

Introduced in 1974, these phones were intended to spice up the boring old device that had been around for decades.

I would have gone for the Chestphone, because then I would have felt like I was a member of U.N.C.L.E. or SMERSH.

Full set of pics and other info here.







Posted By: Paul - Tue May 15, 2018 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Telephones, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #365



Posted By: Paul - Sat May 12, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, Telephones, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #364



Woman with memory issues ensures she will be regarded as insane.



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 07, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Tobacco and Smoking, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #363



Our products are used by milquetoasts, nerds and wimps.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 04, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Wimps, Milquetoasts and Cowards, 1960s

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