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Follies of the Mad Men #56

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[Upper image from Look magazine for June 20 1961. Lower image from Look magazine for April 24 1962.]

A special "two-fer" installment of the Follies thread. Two splendid representations of our friends, the Native Americans, from within the lifetimes of many WU readers.

They hate cheap cigars, but are experts in premium house paints.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 16, 2009 - Comments (13)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940s, Native Americans

Follies of the Mad Men #55

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[From Look magazine for 12-18-62.]

Of course, every beautiful young woman I know always asks for prune juice in a cocktail glass whenever she's out in public.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 09, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Excrement, 1960s

Follies of the Mad Men #54

Alex raised the topic of navels earlier, little knowing I had something of a similar nature in store!

This is of course a famous and admittedly effective commercial. But we'll include it in our series of oddities for one trivial reason: no navels shown! In a commercial focusing on several bare stomachs!

It was all part of television broadcast standards back then, just as with the famous I Dream of Jennie prohibition against showing Barbara Eden's navel.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 05, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1960s

Planar Touchscreens

Nothing weird about the product, but what's the deal with that guy in the picture?

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 02, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Advertising

Follies of the Mad Men #53

Animal abuse: not a guaranteed winning strategy for your advertisement.

Also: isn't BMW supposed to be a classy car, not the goofball's favorite?


Hamster Crash Commercial - MyVideo

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 22, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Europe, Cars

Dr. Seth Arnold’s Great Infantile Regulator

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For Christmas this year, I received Picturesque Rhode Island, an 1881 guidebook to my native state. I love such antique manuals, as they often hold quaint forgotten information about familiar places.

(Looking online, I discover that the entire book has been digitized here, so that you can have your own virtual copy.)

The front and back sections of the volume are full of ads. Here are two for some nostrums that I am sure contained plenty of dope.

No wonder the citizens in the drawings all look so relaxed and peaceful!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 20, 2009 - Comments (11)
Category: Medicine, Regionalism, Advertising, Products, Babies and Toddlers, Nineteenth Century

Follies of the Mad Men #52

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[From Life magazine for March 27 1944. Two scans, top and bottom.]

Yes, natural resources will never run out, power will be "too cheap to meter," the utilities love you, and winged cherubs will attend milady's bath.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 17, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Utilities, Domestic, 1940s, Natural Resources

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #17

And as Captain Beaky sails off toward the Island of Antique Toys, we bid farewell to this survey of a time slightly less commercialized and more innocent than the present day. No Bratz Dolls, no Guitar Hero, no Mattel Mind-Controllers, no iPods preloaded with episodes of Hannah Montana. What will the next 35 years bring? Stay tuned!

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 14, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #16

"Your eyes won't believe what your hands have done!" How incredibly accurate is this statement, as the tagline for so very many of the perps who parade across WEIRD UNIVERSE.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 13, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

Kenner 1973 Toy Catalog, #15

A toy that can be blamed for fostering the notion that every kid is possessed of equal artistic ability.

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Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 12, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1970s

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