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Follies of the Madmen #291



Rockabilly, R&B Sharpie the Parrot is an authority on shaving. Or maybe you would pay more attention to Sharpie's barbershop-quartet incarnation.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 14, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Cartoons, 1950s, Facial Hair

Follies of the Madmen #280



Long ago, "There's something about an Aqua Velva man" was a universally known motto.

But what the hell is "humectin?"

From Wikipedia: "A humectant is a hygroscopic substance used to keep things moist; it is the opposite of a desiccant."

So "humectin" is just some common moisturizing element.

Whatever it is, it's certainly gone upscale in the 21st century. $70.00 per bottle!!!



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Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 11, 2016 - Comments (12)
Category: Hygiene, Perfume and Other Scents, 1950s, Facial Hair

Beard Transplants

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Beard transplants (yeah apparently that's a thing) are on the rise as men increasingly go for that 'masculine look'.

Posted By: patty - Sat Oct 03, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Facial Hair, Hair and Hairstyling

Beware Bad Beard Bacteria

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Beards can contain as much fecal bacteria as a toilet. Depending, of course, on the hygiene of the beard wearer.

Posted By: patty - Sun May 03, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Can't Possibly Be True, Facial Hair, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Boys with beards

According to the New York Business Journal, the Campbell Soup Co. has recently dramatically increased its marketing budget with the launch of a multimedia ad campaign centered around a boy with a long beard ("The Wisest Kid in the Whole World") who advises people to have soup.


First thing I thought was that the kid reminded me of the bearded boy in those ads for the Boy Scouts that ran 3 or 4 years ago. Also, boys with beards look kinda strange.

But evidently the lesson from Madison Ave. is that boys with beards can really sell stuff.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 08, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, Facial Hair

Mystery Illustration 2

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What is this jolly beatnik advertising?

1) Slot cars
2) Saturday morning cartoon shows
3) Vinyl records
4) Decals
5) Frederick's of Hollywood

Find the answer here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 17, 2014 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Facial Hair

Flower Power

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Back from the '70s, its...flower beards!

Posted By: patty - Tue Jul 22, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Facial Hair, Hair and Hairstyling

“Now you can SHAVE in your car!”

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The dawn of the era of distracted driving.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 25, 2014 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, 1950s, Facial Hair

Windup Razors

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Once upon a time, in a simpler age when electricity was expensive or balky, windup razors were popular in Europe and Russia.


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In the Space Age, you could even buy the NASA-approved version!

But except for vintage models (a mere $100.00), purely mechanical razors seem to have vanished from the marketplace. Although in this era of environmentalism, it seems they should fulfill a certain demand.


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The closest such product I can find cheats by using electricity--though it is hand-cranked!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 09, 2013 - Comments (10)
Category: Inventions, Technology, Environmentalism and Ecology, Facial Hair

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