Category:
Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods

Shave the Corpse

Another phrase that would be a great name for a band.

According to the Charles Addams blog, this ad was originally published in January 1912 in Casket and Sunnyside ("The foremost journal of the funeral profession since 1871").

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 07, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910s

Follies of the Madmen #277

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Consider the iconography: woman who forgot to rinse off all the soap bubbles from her bath provokes love and/or lust among male subway riders.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 17, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1950s, Men, Women

Follies of the Madmen #264



That young couple is stopping not to admire the tablecloth but to gawk and laugh at the grade-school-dropout, simpleton-style hat worn by Dad.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 10, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Family, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Headgear, 1950s

Monkey Brand Soap

In the days before Mr. Clean, there was Monkey Brand. Though it seems an odd choice for whatever ad man thought this up to figure that people would associate a grinning monkey with clean dishes.


Source: Sketch Magazine, April 1908

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 21, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1900s

B.O. Gone—Romance Comes!


Source: Radio Mirror magazine, April 1934.

See here and here for other examples posted on WU of the ad industry's campaign to scare everyone into buying products to get rid of unwanted body odor.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 07, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Hygiene, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Advertising, 1930s

Dr. Bouchaud’s Flesh-Reducing Soap

"Will absorb all fatty tissues from any part of the body." I wonder if Dr. Bouchaud was related in any way to Dr. Anton Phibes?


From The Australian Home Journal, June 1926 [via Vintage Ads]

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 29, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Advertising, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1920s

Kaiser Wilhelm Toilet Paper

I knew that it's popular to put politician's faces on toilet paper (for instance, Amazon sells Obama toilet paper as well as Mitt Romney toilet paper), but I didn't realize that these kind of novelty products were being sold even back in World War I. [via Daily Mail]

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 11, 2014 - Comments (12)
Category: Bathrooms, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910s

Carpool DeVille

A hot tub built into a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille — both fully functioning. Its creators are taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month to get it officially recognized as the world's fastest hot tub. More info here.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 14, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Cars

The Telephone Booth Shower

Back in 1996, two East German entrepreneurs came up with the idea of converting old telephone booths into shower stalls. They plumbed up two booths and sold them for 4000 marks each. However, their idea ran aground when Deutsche Telekom refused to sell them any more old booths, fearing that, in the words of their spokesman, "It would be problematic if someone wanted to make an emergency call and ran into the booth that was actually a shower."
[via top.net.nz]

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 08, 2014 - Comments (12)
Category: Bathrooms, Telephones, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1990s

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