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Follies of the Madmen #452



Nothing like adding a sex element to simple juvenile love of chocolate.

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Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 11, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Sexuality, Chocolate, 1950s

The Life Cereal Protein Spokes-creature

Most cereal spokes-beings are identifiable characters: leprechauns, toucans, sea captains. But this character for Life Cereal is apparently a Protein.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 02, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Food

Follies of the Madmen #450



Why not eliminate half your potential customers by insisting your product is only for men?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 29, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Games, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1950s, Men, Women

Follies of the Madmen #449



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Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 23, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Surrealism, 1940s

Office in an Elevator

This is a genius idea.



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Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 19, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Inventions, 1940s

Follies of the Madmen #448



Kills germs with dictatorial efficiency!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 16, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Hygiene, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1960s

Rent a Conversation

In 1973, entrepreneurs Richard and Christine Braunlich launched a business called Conversation. The idea was that it would allow people to pay to have a conversation with an expert "conversationalist." $5 for the first half-hour, and $3 for each additional half-hour. Some details from the SF Examiner (Feb 11, 1973):

The couple rented space in a commercial building at 445 Colusa Ave. in October, invested their entire savings, and spent hours redecorating and rebuilding the interior...
So far, however, the talkers have been few and far between — only about 40 customers have dropped in since Conversation opened.
About 60 percent of the customers have been women, the Braunliches report, and they talk about subjects ranging from poetry to small family problems.
Sitting in one of 14 tiny booths, customers can talk to one of 20 employees, who are called, appropriately enough, conversationalists.

And more details from the Moline Dispatch (Feb 13, 1973):

The conversationalists, who work part-time, collect half of a client's fee. The other half of the fee goes to the business. One of the first customers was a lonely divorcee new to the area, according to Engel Devendorf, a marketing executive now working at Conversation.
"She left her two kids at a movie and was here when the door opened," he said. "She just wanted to chat with somebody alive, warm and wiggling. Boy, did she want to talk."
Another woman explained that her husband was a nice guy but boring, and she needed to converse with somebody else once in a while...
"Lots of people with problems don't need professional help, but they do need to talk them over," Devendorf said. "They can go to the hairdresser, a bar or a coffee shop, but some are too shy."
At Conversation, persons with serious psychological difficulties are referred to professionals.

Evidently the business didn't succeed.



San Francisco Examiner - Feb 11, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 15, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Jobs and Occupations, Psychology, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #447

One of the rare ads of the period that objectify the male's looks.



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Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 10, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Fashion, 1960s, Men

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