Friday, January 15, 2021

Funny Vintage Ads (47)

 

 Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot stranger than you thought.

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Norelco Tape Recorder
Your wife will love hearing how you tried to convince the stewardess to join the "mile-high-club" with you.
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Vinolia Soap - You Dirty Boy
There is a long history of Black people being used in soap ads and comparing their skin with dirtiness. The message here is that without this soap, your precious little white child will be no better than a black wastrel.
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Listerine Baloney
Hey, back off sewer mouth!
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Chilly Bedrooms
...and put a damper on your afterglow.
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Pro-Trac -- Try a set of these
Subtle!
Apparently the more unsexy your product is, the more sex you need to sell it.
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Johnny Seven O.M.A. Makes you a one-man Army
In 1964, the Johnny Seven O.M.A. (One-Man Army) gun was the best-selling toy for boys.
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Camel - What every woman should know about her nerves
During the 1950s-1960s many tobacco advertisements simultaneously presented cigarettes as both sedatives and stimulants.
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Beemans Original Pepsin Chewing Gum
Beeman’s gum was invented in the late 1800s by Dr. Edward E. Beeman, who discovered that pepsin, derived from the stomach of hogs, could aid digestion.
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Vince Man's Shop
Big guy to little guy, "You can suck your stomach in all the way to your backbone. I'm still not interested."
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Octopus Motoring Helmets
Even in 1937, these "motoring" helmets were dorky.
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The Two Platforms
This political ad from the 1860s illustrates the old proverb, "the more things change the more they stay the same." Republicans could run this ad today with the claim that they are now for the white man while the Democrats are for the Negros -- well now they wouldn't say "Whites" or "Negros" they'd call them the "suburban" and "urban" votes.
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Alka Seltzer - Morning after
Mr Buzzkill should know that Alka-Seltzer (introduced in 1931 by Miles Laboratories) has always been advertised as a remedy for hangovers.
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Victory Girls
 The folks who produced this WW2 poster were probably horrified when "victory girl" later came to mean a young woman who exhibited her patriotism by offering companionship, and often sex, to servicemen during World War II.
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Growing Up Skipper
Watch her boobs grow while you wait for yours. Which will YOU be; a "cute little girl" or a "tall, curvy teenager." Only time will tell.
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Pacific Telephone's "Vista Booth"
Pacific Telephone's "Vista Booth" never made it past the experimental stage.
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Makenzies Complexion Wafers
Complexion wafers contained arsenic which made the skin pale by destroying red blood cells. Despite several reported deaths, the wafers were still being sold as late as the 1920s.
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Pilot Candid Portable Television

This Pilot Candid Portable TV was released in 1948 and had a 3 inch screen.
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$75 to $125 weekly charging batteries
What can you do with a "Service Station Charger" when you don't have a service station -- set your business up on a street corner?
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Radioactivity. It's been in the family for generations
Hey, radioactivity is perfectly safe, so stop worrying about nuclear power.
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House of Weapons - Blow Gun
Never bring a blow gun to a gun fight!
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Profits - Make your own rubber molds
It might be a lot more profitable if the nude figurines were full-sized.
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Harley-Davidson Topper
The Topper (1960-1965) was the only scooter ever produced by Harley-Davidson and it even had an optional sidecar.
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Technico Computers - Two Bytes Are Better Than One
Sadly, with all that 16 bit computing power, the TMS 9900 could not keep away vampires.
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Hardwick Clothes
This guy needs a ladder just to look her in the eye.
Hardwick Clothes began in 1880 in Tennessee.
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Ford Auto-matic Car Radio
"A triumph of electronics" Oooh, presets and changing stations with a foot switch.
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Campbell's Soup - Wife Beaters
“Women everywhere are cheerfully admitting that Campbell’s beat them at soup making.” Of course. What did you think they meant?
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Studebaker began in 1852, when brothers Henry and Clement Studebaker opened a blacksmith shop in South Bend, Indiana and began building wagons, buggies and carriages.
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Westinghouse Meat Keeper
"Three essentials for proper meat preservation -- temperature, humidity and air circulation." Actually raw meat should be in a sealed container or wrapped securely to prevent juices from contaminating other foods.
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Nigger Head Tobacco
In the first decades of the twentieth century, the only ads featuring African Americans were racist advertisements that used black caricatures to advertise to white consumers.
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Goodyear Carriages
Goodyear production began on November 21, 1898, with a product line of bicycle and carriage tires, horseshoe pads and poker chips. By 1916, they were the world's largest rubber company.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Greatest Generation during WW2 vs Americans' COVID response in 2020

 

Greatest Generation vs Trumpism

Contrast the way Americans responded to calls for sacrifice during World War 2 with how they've acted during COVID. It has become painfully obvious that selfishness is now the cause of much of America’s political and economic problems. And worse, mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing have been weaponized by Right-Wing politicians and pundits as partisan issues.

Many Americans become enraged at any suggestion that they should take other people’s welfare into consideration. They claim it's a love of freedom, but what they call “freedom” is actually a refusal to accept any responsibility for the negative consequences their actions have on others. 

These same people are the ones who elected Donald Trump, who declared in March 2020, “I don’t take responsibility at all,” in reference to the coronavirus

Will the people who refused to do anything to keep others safe while hundreds of thousands of Americans died miserably and without the comfort of their loved ones — will they ever regret their selfish actions? Don't get your hopes up.

If we continue down this road, it will be the end of us. Democracy requires for its continued vitality, an understanding and acceptance that we are all in this together.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Funny Vintage Ads (46)

 

 Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot stranger than you thought.

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Cockroach Racing
Cockroach racetracks were just one of the many products sold by the International Mutoscope Reel Company, but the sales weren't enough to save the company from bankruptcy in 1949.
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Prudential -- Begin Life Again at 40
"...behind her twinkling eyes lies tragedy -- and each line and wrinkle that etches her face marks the hardship and responsibility she had to face after her husband passed away." Subtle!
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Soft Core Chair
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In seven brilliant Coney Island colors. Let the ‘wet look’ softcore chair make your rooms come alive. Pump the chair full of beer and throw a party."
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Star Trek Tricorder
The first life-sized tricorder replica was produced by Mego Corporation in 1976 and was actually a cassette tape player.
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Indiana Tractor
 The Indiana Silo & Tractor Company started out as the Star Tractor Company of Findlay, Ohio. The Star tractor introduced in 1917, could do the work of 5 horses.
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Isis Action figure
"Dedicated foe of evil. Defender of the weak. Champion of truth and justice" ... with a very odd-shaped head.
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Sun Bath Helmet
As an added bonus the helmet acts as a sauna for your face.
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Asimov - TRS-80 Pocket Computer
"And it can also function just like a calculator — something a desktop computer can’t do."
The TRS-80 Pocket Computer was first introduced in 1980.
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Negroes - to be sold
This advertisement promoting the sale of enslaved Africans was published in
the 1780s in the South Carolina Gazette and paid for by a prominent firm that imported enslaved Africans to Charleston. The ad stresses that they are free of smallpox, a common disease on the Atlantic crossing.
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All-Bran Regulars
Kellogg's All Bran: it’s number one for number two.
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Royal Worcester Corset Company
The Worcester Skirt Company was founded in 1861 in Worcester, Massachusetts, by David Hale Fanning. It specialized in making hoopskirts to support the full skirts that were in vogue. In 1872, the company began making corsets and was renamed the Worcester Corset Company.
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The perfect gift for your little commando.
Pull back on the calibrated loader, and send the plastic grenade sailing 30 feet through the air.
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Packers Tar Soap
In 1869, Daniel F. Packer, an adventurer and entrepreneur, invented and sold “Packer’s All Healing Tar Soap”. Pine tar soap has antibacterial and antifungal properties and  is designed to be gentle to the skin.This famous soap now called “Packer’s Pine Tar Soap”, has been marketed continuously for over 150 years.
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IBM
IBM started by combining several companies that built devices to automate routine business transactions, including the first punched card based data tabulating machines and time clocks. Today IBM holds more patents than any other U.S. based technology company.
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Kurtis Party Tab
The ad copy would work well for a boner pill, but Kurtis Party Tabs was probably just caffeine.
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Harley-Davidson SX-250
They are not laughing with you, they are laughing at your bike.
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Navy Recruiting Poster
A common theme
for recruiting posters during World War One was mothers volunteering their sons for military service.
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Chesterfield Science
Turns out Chesterfield's "Science" was just as fake as Arthur Godfrey's folksy charm.
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Dow - Styrene
 The FDA allowed polystyrene to be added in small amounts to baked goods, frozen dairy products, candy, gelatins, puddings and other food until 2018.
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Air-conditioned Ice Refrigerator
In 1937, Ice Industries developed a refrigerator that not only cooled but regulated its humidity and filtered the air.
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Hair Rental
Eliminate costly hair repair bills NOW!
In the 1970s, British men could (apparently) rent hair.
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Modess about face
"That Battle-ax expression is more often caused by nervous tension than by temper!" Or maybe an ill-fitting sanitary pad!
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Cascarets
“Cascarets,” is derived from the bitter tasting bark of a species of buckthorn tree. Cascara had been prescribed by druggists as a remedy for constipation and related ills as early as 1877. But it was not until 1894 that the Sterling Remedy Company came up with a candy version.
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Tangee Lipstick
Tangee Cosmetics began in the 1920s by George William Luft. The name Tangee came from the word tangerine because of the color of the brand’s most iconic product, the Tangee natural lipstick.
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Springfield Motometer
Early speedometers measured up to 60 mph, and included an odometer and a trip meter.
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Emerson's Bromo-Seltzer
Bromides are a class of tranquilizers that were withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1975 due to their toxicity. Their sedative effect probably accounted for Bromo-Seltzer's popularity as a hangover remedy.
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Mentholine - The Japanese Headache Cure
Ads for the air freshener Mentholine claimed it could cure everything from headache to sciatica.
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Spangles - A sweet way to go gay
Spangles were introduced to the British public in 1950, when sweets and sugar were still rationed because of World War 2, and you needed points in your ration book to buy them.
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Live Baby Alligator
In the 1930s, advertisements for purchasing baby gators by mail were common in magazines. This ad offered a free gator in return for two subscriptions to a magazine called, "Open Road for Boys."
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Asbestos Shingles
Asbestos siding was used extensively in buildings and homes from the 1930s until the 1970s, when its use was banned.