Category:
Anthropomorphism

Follies of the Madmen #332



Wait a minute--this is my own tire on my own car that is being represented as a hideous criminal killer! And since I, the driver, am responsible for my own tires, I must be a hideous criminal killer too!

Way to make your customers feel good about themselves!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 29, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Products, 1930s, Cars

Punky Punkin



WU's contribution to the seasonal craze for all things pumpkin.

He's the happiest pumpkin--despite having his guts ripped out of him and doomed to rot more swiftly than his brothers in the field.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 11, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Holidays, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #325



Possessed pants try to ward off other occult rivals.



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 09, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Fashion, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #319



We've all heard of talking with your hands...

From Radio Mirror magazine, December 1937.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 02, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Surrealism, 1930s

The Many Lives of the Borden’s Cows

Would today's media consumers accept bobbing paper cutouts in place of CGI?














Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 04, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #313



That is one friendly and powerful cereal.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 07, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1900s

General Electric’s 1965 Walking Truck





Walking robots, such as those from Boston Dynamics, are all the rage these days.

But does their ancestor, the human-operated Walking Truck, ever get any credit?

Well, this fellow did a magnificent article on the device.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 18, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Robots, 1960s

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