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Howard makes clothes for men who make babies

Howard was a New York clothes store for men. The theme of their 1966 ad campaign was that they made clothes for virile men.

The ad claiming that they made clothes "for men who make babies" was refused by every New York paper except the Times, which ran it once, and then never again, due to a complaint from the "Improvement of Advertising Content Committee".

New York Times - Mar 4, 1966



NY Daily News - Mar 3, 1966



NY Daily News - Mar 24, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 24, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Babies, Advertising, 1960s, Men

The Damsel In Undress Campaign

A series of lingerie ads from the 1960s.

Many more pics here, also from the same company's other campaigns.





Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 22, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Movies, Advertising, Underwear, 1960s

Kentucky Roast Beef

Here's a neat article about this failed venture by Colonel Sanders.

You won't find the image below at that page.


Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 21, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Success & Failure, 1960s

Citroen ad with secret message

Can you figure out what the hidden message is? The answer is below in extended.

Hint: Enlarging the image (click on it) will help.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 13, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising

Follies of the Madmen #517



Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 12, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Advertising, Tobacco and Smoking, Women

Follies of the Madmen #516

Some wild and dubious claims for this metal briefcase.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 27, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Family, 1940s

Yes, It’s True!

Really! It's true! It wasn't just a fantastical rumor! Metallic caskets are available again!

Springfield Daily News - Apr 14, 1946



Incidentally, I came across this ad after reading a 1948 article by columnist Doris Lockerman in which she wrote that, "It was reported, but not confirmed, that a convention of morticians once crowned a Miss Metallic Casket."

This led me to a long, and ultimately fruitless, search for any evidence of a 'Miss Metallic Casket'. The above ad was the only minor curiosity related to metallic caskets that I came across.

I'm wondering if the rumor of a 'Miss Metallic Casket' may somehow have been inspired by the pin-up girl calendar that a mortuary released in 1948, which caused a bit of a scandal.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 22, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Advertising, 1940s

You’re never alone with a Strand

The 1959 "Lonely Man" TV ad for Strand cigarettes is rumored to be the greatest advertising flop in UK history. Because it seemed to say, "If you smoke our cigarettes, you may become a lonely sad sack wandering the streets at night."



Rob Gray has some analysis of the failed commercial in his book Great Brand Blunders:

In extreme cases, ill-judged advertising can kill a brand stone dead — even if the ad is well-made and memorable. Such was the fate of cigarette brand Strand back in the long-ago days when tobacco products could be advertised on UK television. In 1959 Imperial Tobacco's subsidiary W.D. & H.O. Wills, a firm able to trace its roots in the business back to a tobacconist's shop in Bristol in the 1780s, launched Strand with a high-profile TV advertising campaign supported by posters, press advertising and coupons that could be redeemed for free packs. The TV commercial, devised by copywriter John May at British agency S.H. Benson, saw actor Terence Brook smoking while roaming the rain-drenched strees of London in stylish trench coat and trilby hat...

The style of the protagonist and soundtrack to the commercial appealed to the public. Once it went on air people began getting in touch to find out if the theme tune was available to buy as a record. Sensing an opportunity, Cliff Adams and His Orchestra booked some recording studio time and laid down the track, The Lonely Man Theme, for release as a single. In 1960 The Lonely Man Theme broke into the Top 40...

Undeniably, the advertising campaign earned Strand tremendous recognition. As Winston Fletcher writes in his book Powers of Persuasion: The Inside Story of British Advertising 1951-2000, 'Public awareness of the brand and its advertising rocketed to over 90% within weeks. This was unprecedented and has rarely if ever been surpasssed.' It was a brilliant achievement, but one with a fatal flaw. Despite the high awareness levels delivered by the campaign, hardly anyone was buying the product.

The reasons why revolved around how the Lonely Man was perceived. Many viewers found the focus on loneliness uncomfortable. If the man was reliant on a packet of smokes for company, did this mean he was a bit of an oddball unable to sustain friendships? Was he an addictive personality, craving nicotine above human company? Could he be on his own because of a failed relationship or even due to bereavement? Might he be depressed?...

trying to position a new tobacco brand around loneliness — rather than something much more positive and aspirational, such as individuality — was doomed to failure. With sales failing to take off despite the high level of standout the advertising achieved, Strand was soon withdrawn from the market.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 21, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Advertising, Smoking and Tobacco, 1950s

Fanta Pomelo Ad and Sequel



Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 21, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Aliens, Humor, Science, Advertising, Twenty-first Century

Two Milk Trucks



Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 15, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Advertising, Twentieth Century

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