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Follies of the Madmen #312



Ah, the hillbilly! What a once-potent icon. Used anywhere these days except Cletus & Family on The Simpsons?

Ad scanned from Playboy for March 1962.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 27, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Regionalism, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1960s

Newt Kook

Hard to believe that the largest-selling bourbon was once touted by a fellow named "Newt Kook."

This timeline of Dant's history makes no mention of Newt. And Google comes up empty for any biographical particulars. Could he have been a fake, a corporate icon like "Betty Crocker?"

This January 30 1956 report from BROADCASTING MAGAZINE seems to say otherwise. Although who knows who was on the other end of the phone?






Original ad here.





Original ad here.





Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 12, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Products, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #310



Mocking the ignorance of your desired customer: always a good move!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 09, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hygiene, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #308



Yes, I want my product associated with the destruction of property and possible loss of life. That's a glamorous ambiance!

Original ad here.


Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 23, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1960s, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #307



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 15, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Wives, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #306



Tiny, tiny Cigarette Elf delivers tobacco goodness!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 08, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Products, Tobacco and Smoking, 1940s

Follies of the Madmen #305



Australia offers the rest of the world its giant mushroom phallus.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Innuendo, Double Entendres, Symbolism, Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink and Subliminal Messages, Music, Public Indecency, 1970s, Australia

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