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Follies of the Mad Men #49

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[From Playboy magazine for October 1965.]

If you wear one of our sweaters, you'll look like a ridiculous chimp.

"Me Retailer, you Jerk!"

ADDENDUM: Reader Vern notes that the text ridicules the chimp as wearing an older, out-of-style sweater, while the man sports the manufacturer's sleek new model. That's a good point. Nonetheless, how convincing is the comparison, when the human's rival is a monkey?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 08, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1960s

Persian Lion Business Trip

The more I watch this, the more I believe the lions are really saying what's in the subtitles.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 04, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Foreign Customs

Soggy, Mushy and Toughy

Who needs Iron Man or The Dark Knight, when you can watch Snap, Crackle and Pop battle their evil counterparts?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 01, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Movies, Cartoons, Children, 1930s, Fictional Monsters

Follies of the Mad Men #48

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[From Life magazine for March 5 1956. Two separate scans, picture and text.]

"And they come with matching panties, as you can plainly see!"

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 01, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Shoes, Teenagers, 1950s

Follies of the Mad Men #47

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[From Life magazine for September 30 1940.]

You know what your problem is? Not enough yeast. I suggest increasing your beer intake.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 21, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Health, 1940s

Follies of the Mad Men #46

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[From Life magazine for March 5 1956.]

"Dig this crazy mixed-up ice cream!" "Man, it's real cool!"

Yeah, because beatniks like Maynard G. Krebs eat a lot of ice cream!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 20, 2008 - Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fads, Food, Pop Culture, 1950s

Follies of the Mad Men #45

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[From Life magazine for September 30 1940.]

What kind of kids would a shellfish and a bottle have, and how would they go about reproducing?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 19, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Foreign Customs, 1940s

Follies of the Mad Men #44

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[From Life magazine for September 30 1940.]

Either a 20th-century man's shoe has been transported through time back to pre-Columbian America, confounding the primitive redksins, or else some 20th-century Native Americans on some especially traditional and cloistered reservation somewhere are incredibly ignorant.

Or, some Madison Avenue genius thought this was brilliant.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 17, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Shoes, Anthropology, 1940s, Time-travel, Native Americans

The Faces in the Broccoli

Cascadian Farm sells frozen organic broccoli florets. That's not particularly unusual.



But look closer. Can you see the tiny disembodied heads floating amidst the broccoli bits?




When contacted about it, Cascadian Farms offered this reply:
The tradition of hiding names or faces on Cascadian Farm packaging began over a dozen years ago. It was unspoken tribute by the package design department to the friends & family of Cascadian Farm. The faces won’t be included on our redesigned packaging.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 17, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Food, Advertising

Follies of the Mad Men #43

This appears to be an ad for a brand of French chewing gum. I'm not sure if the notion of a pair of used panties from the Statue of Liberty is adequate enticement to chew the company's product.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 12, 2008 - Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Statues, Monuments and Memorials

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