Category:
Business

Follies of the Madmen #406



Joe Louis lives in your car's engine.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 15, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Sports, Technology, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #405



Ancient Romans drank vodka? Oh well, I suppose the ad is as authentic as the movie it references--which is actually one of my favorite comedies.

Ad source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 07, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, History, Unexplained Historical Enigmas, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #402



Sentient shoe is happy to be ground face-first into floor, so long as floor is shiny clean.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 27, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Domestic, 1950s

Miller Vortex Bottle

Many of you might remember the Miller vortex bottle. Its selling point was that the neck was ribbed on the inside, which supposedly allowed the beer to pour out faster. Apparently there just wasn't a large enough community of speed drinkers who cared about this to allow the vortex bottle to be much more than a passing gimmick.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 17, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Inebriation and Intoxicants

Follies of the Madmen #401



Not quite sure why a kangaroo would be deemed an apt symbol for a conservation-minded USA citizen. Weren't there any miserly Scotsmen available?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 17, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Money, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940s, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #400



And just as lethal!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 10, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Death, Tools, 1920s, Weapons

Follies of the Madmen #399



Of course the sole of one's foot resembles a snooty toff with monocle--after your LSD trip!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 07, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Advertising, Drugs, Shoes, 1940s, Feet

Follies of the Madmen #398



Usage of this product enables user to read the mystical language of flowers.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 29, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, Body Fluids, Languages, Nature, 1950s

1966 Revisited

Not only do you get the intro and outro to a stinker of a sitcom, but also a litany of worries--headaches, upset stomachs, flyaway hair--that seem positively benign in 2018.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #397



I detect the influence of A Charlie Brown Christmas on this unlikely morality play.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 24, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, Excrement, Dogs, 1960s

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