Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Funny Vintage Ads (16)

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

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Lane Cedar Hope Chest

After World War I ended in 1918, the Virginia-based Lane Company applied the same techniques of mass production it had used to build pine ammunition boxes during the war to its peacetime output of cedar hope chests. In 1996, following reports of at least six child suffocation deaths, Lane Furniture recalled all cedar chests with automatic latching lids manufactured between 1912 and 1987.

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Poor Aunt Jemima Had to Mix Everything Herself

The inspiration for Aunt Jemima was Billy Kersands' American-style minstrel/vaudeville song "Old Aunt Jemima", written in 1875. The Aunt Jemima/mammy character was prominent in minstrel shows in the late 19th century and was later adopted by commercial interests to represent the Aunt Jemima Pancake brand.

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Cook and wash on your refrigerator

Does it come with triplets in evening gowns as well?

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Lectroflater

One of Black & Decker’s first products was an electric air pump called the Lectroflater, introduced in 1917.
It was an electrically driven air compressor
with a universal motor (meaning it could use either alternating or direct current) that was developed especially for the purpose of inflating auto tires.

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Plaza Cube Cut Pipe Tobacco
This racist advertisement is number 5 out of a series of six cards that were mailed to customers for 25 cents. Collectable cards became a popular way to advertise tobacco products in the mid to late 19th Century.

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Eux-E-Sis

"Half the trouble of shaving and all the mussiness comes from soapy lather rubbed in the beard to be washed off the face." 
Eux-E-Sis was the first of the so-called "brushless" shaving creams. Putting cream on your face instead of mixing up a little soap may not sound like a great innovation in shaving technology, but it was for travelers and soldiers who would have to dry shave whenever they didn't have access to water. 

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Darling Pet Monkey

"Live Delivery Guaranteed!"
So he can bite you as soon as you open the box.


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You can judge a man by his boots

For instance: Kinky boots = Kinky guy

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French Tampax Ad

This French tampon ad copy translates as
"I am like a fish in water."

 
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Syphilis - All of these men have it

A little too much camaraderie in boot camp?  Check out that one guy on the left...he knows what he did and he's proud of himself!

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Win the weight of your baby in tripe!

"Are you feeding your little angel on tripe? It's the perfect food for growing babies!"
Tripe is a high protein, low-fat meat, that is is a highly nutritious and low in calories, made from the stomach lining of cattle and sheep. But today its use is mostly limited to dog food and a few ethnic dishes.


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"The Front Row Club" Hollywood

 "Mister, you my not believe this -- but a Burlesque dancer's life can be lonely."

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Civil War Veterans Pensions

The last surviving soldier from the Civil War died more than 55 years ago, but the U.S. government is still paying out a veteran's pension benefits. As of January 2013, the child of one Civil War veteran was still receiving benefits from her father's service, according to records from the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

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The importance of pessimism

Young & Rubicam was founded in May 1923 by John Orr Young and Raymond Rubicam in Philadelphia. The company moved to New York in 1926 as a condition of securing a contract with the newly formed Jell-O company. They became the most successful advertising agency in the United States in 1975 and today they are a member of WPP, the largest advertising group in the world.

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Lew Magram - Get into something new

It takes a real man to wear a 'bodysuit'
Especially one in gingham!
Lew Magram began by selling men's fashion accessories in a corner of a Time's Square barbershop in1948.


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Spencer Supports

"I bulged all over -- looked absolutely dumpy in the foundation and brassiere I wore before I got my Spencer Supports"
Maybe you should try standing up straight instead.


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Includes "How Often SEX UNION Should Be Indulged In" and "What to Allow a Lover to Do", as well as "DANGERS OF PETTING." This book covers a whole lot more than just sex. It  also describes how husband and wife should never share the same bed, since the man will ultimately be repulsed by the woman's odors and will lose the overpowering sexual urge's required for a stable and happy marriage.

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BOAC to Bermuda - two girls for every guy

"Whatever your fancy...A Man's in Demand in Bermuda!"
And apparently, each guy gets TWO girls.


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The Ideal Felt Tooth Polisher

While polishing certainly smooths out your teeth, it hasn’t been shown to make a huge difference in preventing gum disease or tooth decay. In fact, some studies indicate that polishing can temporarily weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth slightly more vulnerable until the outer layer of enamel grows back. 

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Valium

Between 1969 and 1982, Valium was the most prescribed drug in the US. Sales peaked in 1978 with more than 2.3 billion pills sold that year. Because of its status as the most famous benzodiazepine – “Mother’s Little Helper,” as the Rolling Stones called it in their 1966 hit song – many people had heard of Valium and viewed it as a dangerous, overprescribed, habit-forming drug. However, diazepam and related drugs remain among the most widely prescribed psychoactive drugs in the US.

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Dick Tracy Rapid-Fire Tommy Gun

Dick Tracy was the first strip to introduce brute violence to the funnies page, so it’s no surprise to see this 1947 advertisement for a toy tommy gun. For just $3.79, a kid could own a 20-inch replica firearm “that looks and sounds like the real McCoy.”

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New Quadruplex TV Tape Recorder

 This was interactive television before "Netflix and Chill." Good thing this TV Tape Recorder was compact!

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 World’s Largest Lemons ~ Quick Way Bar Mix

In 1934, Fullerton residents A.W. Leo, Tom Yates and Ralph Harrison wanted to add a fruity ice cream topping to their existing inventory of toppings – which they sold under the trade name Pacific Citrus Products Company. The trio concocted a bright red syrup made up of five fruit juices they called “Leo’s Hawaiian Punch.”  The name was later shortened to Hawaiian Punch.

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Supporter Wilt is Dangerous

"Every Bike pouch is full size for maximum wear and comfort. No skimping of materials to cause binding"
Great, but what about the poor lads who don't NEED a full-size pouch? All that extra material will make them feel inadequate.


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I'SE SURE GOT A GOOD JOB NOW

Beyond the obvious racism, it's interesting that this is pitched toward households with servants rather than as an aid to overworked homemakers. It must have been really expensive. But if you already have a maid, why buy a dishwasher? 

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Thurston's Perfect Breather

Thurston's Perfect Breather was a nose clip marketed as a stop snoring device by The Great Thurston, a magician from Columbus, Ohio. There were two models, 18K gold filled silver for $3 and 18K gold for $5.

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Sanitized Tape Worms

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, advertisements touted “easy to swallow,” “sanitized tape worms” as a weight-loss method. The tapeworm interferes with digestion and absorption of nutrients, which means that one can consume more calories and still lose weight. However, the parasite also competes for vitamins and other important nutrients, while growing to nearly 30 feet long.

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Sun-kissed Grapefruit

 "Picked at the moment of most tender ripeness by musclebound ranchers..."

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Primley Bicycle

In the late 1800s, J. P. Primly Company was selling chewing gum, patent medicines, water color paintings, silverware, furniture, tea sets, and bicycles. Primley's Yellow Certificates were given with each purchase and could be redeemed for credits on other purchases.

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Nembutal

"When little patients balk at scary, disquieting examinations. When they need prompt sedation (and the oral route isn't feasible) try Nembutal sodium suppositories."
Sure, hold the kid down and shove a pellet up their butt. That'll calm 'em down!
Pentobarbital (trade name: Nembutal) is a barbiturate. It was widely used during the 1940s and 1950s as a sleeping pill or anti-anxiety drug.


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ingrid -- The Best Christmas Present

 Ingrid


While I was in the Army in the early 70s, I was stationed in a little picturesque town Southeast of Frankfurt, Germany called BΓΌdingen that grew up in and around a castle built in the 1200s. 
 
It was a great place to be stationed, but there wasn't a lot of action there, so we usually went to Frankfurt for that. But most evenings we hung out in the local gasthaus (bar), drinking beer, shooting pool and playing fooseball. One quiet night, I was hanging out with some friends in the gasthaus, when the door opened and much to my surprise a stream of girls started coming in.

It turned out to be a group of 17 year old high school girls on a field trip. I couldn't believe my good luck! It wasn't long before I hooked up with a beautiful girl named Ingrid. She had blond hair, blue eyes, a wonderful body and a very sweet personality. She was from a small town named Diel, in Northern Germany near the Holland border.

I was in love...er, lust! But alas, the girls were being chaperoned and there wasn't going to be any hanky-panky. I spent a lot of time with her over the two days she was in BΓΌdingen and we promised to write each other. I kept up correspondence with her over a few months and she invited me to come up to her place for the Christmas holidays. You can imagine what was on my mind at that point.
 
I borrowed a friend's car and drove up to see her. When I got to her house, I met her mother who welcomed me into their home. She told me Ingrid was out riding, so I walked out to the forest trail to look for her. After a while, Ingrid came riding up on a horse and I gasped when I saw her. She was the picture of Nordic beauty! Oh man, I thought. This is just too good to be true. 

Over the next couple of days, Ingrid and her parents treated me like a king and I was having a wonderful time, but I was dying to get her alone somewhere, somehow. Finally my chance came when we went for an extended walk in the forest. It was really cold and there was snow on the ground, but I was determined!

One thing led to another and I tossed my coat on the ground so we could lay on it. I was really going to town when there was an equipment malfunction. It was too damn cold! You'd think an 18 year old guy could get a decent stiffy over someone like Ingrid no matter how cold it was, but I just couldn't get it working properly. I was depressed about it, but Ingrid said not to worry, that I'd get another chance soon.

That night was Christmas Eve. Ingrid and I--chaperoned by her parents--stayed up late drinking champagne, decorating the tree and having fun. Eventually they all went upstairs to bed and I took my spot on the couch and went to sleep. Some time later, I was awakened by Ingrid, who was bent over me and kissing my cheek. When I opened my eyes and saw her pretty face, she smiled at me and then she stood up and opened her robe to show me her naked body. That was a sight as beautiful as any I have ever seen. She lingered awhile so I could take it all in and then she dropped the robe and climbed on top of me.
 
There are no words to describe just how wonderful those next few minutes were. I was in heaven! But she made a little noise as we finished and shortly after that we heard a sound coming from upstairs. Ingrid jumped up, grabbed her robe and ran upstairs. I didn't hear anything else after that, so I figured we'd gotten away with it. 

I turned on the light and was sitting in my underwear smoking a cigarette when her mother came down the stairs. <oops> 
Ingrid's mother snarled at me, "You leave in the morning, Ja?" My heart sank as I nodded and said "Ja."

Well, that certainly put a damper on my afterglow. On Christmas morning I was packing up my belongings and about to leave when Ingrid's mother took me aside and said that I didn't have to go, because if I did, the old man would want to know why and she didn't want to tell him what happened. Then she told me to keep my hands off of her daughter.

Naturally I ignored that warning every chance I got. After that visit, I wrote to Ingrid very often and we saw each other quite a bit the rest of the time I was stationed in Germany. She would take the train to visit me for a couple of days or I would take the train up to see her. I guess her mother decided Ingrid was old enough to make her own decisions, because she continued to welcome me into their home and was always very nice to me.

When my tour was almost up, I thought a lot about staying in Germany just so I could be with Ingrid, but I really wanted to go home and I couldn't take her with me. Ingrid and I stayed in touch for a while, but like all long-distance romances, our correspondence eventually tapered off.
I'll remember Ingrid and that special night for the rest of my life. It will put a little smile on my face from time to time that my wife may see, but she'll never know what it means. :-)

Read about "My Brilliant Career in the Army"


 



Thursday, June 28, 2018

Funny Vintage Ads (15)

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

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The Prowler is loose!

Oh yes! The Prowler is indeed loose. Tiger-striped polyester says "rowrrrr" in a way that crushed velour just can't. It also says "welcome to Studio 54! The "powder room" is just down the hall."
The Ah Men mail order catalog, had to be the gayest catalog EVER.
Ah Men was a classic 1970's mail order catalog full of gay men modeling polyester shirts and swimwear as well as trousers, safari suits, Kung Fu outfits and some extraordinary kaftans and pajamas!

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Italian fanny pincher

"Brings a million laughs..." and a sexual assault charge.

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Puritan Publishing Company

The Puritan Publishing Company is probably not the best place to get sex advice. But the Puritans took the matrimonial duty of sex so seriously that failure to extend “due benevolence” by either partner could be grounds for church discipline. There is at least one case on record in which a husband was excommunicated for “neglecting his wife” by not having intercourse with her for a long period of time.
 
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Sears -- Beautiful Fur Trimmed Beaver Cloth Cape

 The North American fur trade began in the 1500s and was a central part of the early history of contact between Europeans and the native peoples of what is now the United States and Canada. From about 1550 until 1850, felt hats were fashionable in much of Europe and the felt hat industry became the driving force behind the fur trade. But by the late-19th century, trapping had resulted in the beaver being close to extinction.

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Neuralgine

The heyday for patent medicines, ranging from worthless to downright toxic, coincided with the first boom in the advertising industry (1880s). Americans were plagued by a variety of health disorders, and the market for miracle cures was so vast that an army of quacks and charlatans emerged to profit from the demand.

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AMC Pacer

Comparing the AMC Pacer (a compact car with plenty of "trunk" space) with a woman's rear end.
The Pacer was something of an oddity, even by American Motors standards. It was strangely wide and bubble-shaped, with the right-side door 4″ longer than the left-side door. 


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Sugar Information

Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, Sugar Information Inc. ran ads to convince people of the dietary benefits of sugar, while actively working to suppress the scientific evidence linking sugar consumption to negative health consequences.

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Sea Monkeys

Harold von Braunhut created the sea monkey phenom in 1957. “Sea monkeys” are just brine shrimp. What makes them unique is that their eggs can be stored for long periods of time and hatched in a brine solution.

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Cooper Power Lawn Mower

"Where the Cooper Power Mower is used, frequent and regular cutting of a lawn becomes a pleasure."
It's so quick and easy, you'll be mowing your lawn while dressed for a night on the town!


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The Great Yaquis snake oil liniment

Snake oil is a traditional Chinese ointment utilizing fat extracted from the Chinese water snake, and is applied topically to treat joint pain. Chinese water-snake oil contains 20 percent eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which has strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. American "snake oil" (if it had any actual oil from a snake) was usually made from rattlesnake oil, which contains about 8.5% EPA.

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Smog Helmet

Why not just suck on a car exhaust pipe and note the effects?

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Old Black Joe

"Old Black Joe" is a sentimental song about slavery, written by Stephen Foster (1826–1864). The song lyrics describe the sadness of losing friends from the old days “in the cotton fields” while completely ignoring the cruelty of slavery.
The nostalgia evoked by "Old Black Joe" was a favorite of  advertisers after the Civil War and the end of slavery.


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Iver Johnson Revolvers

 "Absolutely Safe"
"They are not toys" but don't worry, because "Papa says it won't hurt us."
U.S. President William McKinley and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy were killed by assassins using Iver Johnson Revolvers.


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Gay Johnny Texas Vegetables

"Gay" used to mean happy or joyful until the late 1950s, but as far back as the 17th century, the word began to be associated with immorality. By the 19th century, the word gay was used to refer to a woman who was a prostitute or a man who slept with a lot of women. In the 1930s, a “gay man” no longer just meant a man who had sex with a lot of women, but now also referred to men who had sex with other men. And finally, by the late 1950s "gay" was only being used to describe homosexuals.


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Gold Medal Flour

Minneapolis Milling Company, was incorporated in 1856. In 1877, the mill entered a partnership with John Crosby to form the Washburn-Crosby Company. In 1880, Washburn Crosby entered several grades of flour in the first International Millers' Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Those flours won the gold, silver and bronze medals, and the company subsequently changed the name of its highest-quality flour to Gold Medal. Washburn-Crosby merged with 28 other mills to create General Mills in June, 1928.

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Budweiser -- She Married Two Men

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? She quickly discovered that her new husband was indeed a different kind of man. Is he waiting for her to put the suitcases in the car?

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Belmont Television  
A promise of what post war television would be.
During World War 2, production of new televisions, radios and other civilian broadcasting equipment was suspended in the US until August of 1945, while broadcasting continued on a limited basis throughout the war. But by 1947, there were about 44,000 TVs, and that number swelled to 940,000 in 1949 and 20 million in 1953. Regular broadcasts on the first network, DuMont, began in 1946, and the major networks -- NBC, CBS and ABC -- were all up and running by 1948.


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Canadian Patriotic Fund

"My skin is dark but my heart is white."
The Canadian Patriotic Fund (1914–1919) was a private organization that gave financial and social assistance to soldiers' families. One of the ways they did it was to put racist words into the mouths of Native Canadians.


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If your wife hits something in a Volkswagen

“Sooner or later, your wife will drive home one of the best reasons for owning a Volkswagen. Women are soft and gentle, but they hit things. If your wife hits something in a Volkswagen, it doesn’t hurt you very much."

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Van Heusen Oxford shirts


4 smiling mid-Century father figures make the ‘smart’ choice and go with Van Heusen shirts; only the ‘savage’ – complete with nose ring and bone through his top-knot – chooses otherwise. And even he wonders about his choice of accessories.

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“Clothing is an extension of the fig leaf — it put our sex inside our bodies,” Eldridge Cleaver told Newsweek in 1975. “My pants put sex back where it should be.” The Black Panthers leader and radical intellectual came up with the idea while living in exile in Paris after fleeing charges from a gun battle with the police in 1968.

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Eddie Cantor for Old Gold cigarettes

Suspicions about the negative health effects of cigarettes had already become ingrained in popular culture by the turn of the 20th Century with terms like “coffin nails” and “smoker’s cough,” and from the 1930s to the late 1950s, cigarette advertising was focused on convincing people that their brand was better than others for smokers health. Tobacco marketers got actors, athletes and even doctors to endorse their goods and make ridiculous claims about the health benefits of smoking their brand of cigarettes.

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DC-6 Skysleeper Service

In 1948, American Airlines introduced the DC-6 "Skysleeper" -- outfitted with 8 sleeper berths and 36 regular seats. The lower berths could accommodate two passengers, which might have encouraged some to join the "Mile High Club."

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"Men love fannies" vintage ad

Before butt implants were invented, women had to settle for panties with extra padding or plastic butt cheeks.

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Genuine Mink Jock

"The mystique of mink where it matters most." And this is genuine mink, not one of those cheaper rabbit or weasel jock straps. And who is gonna check "S" as their size?

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Ayer's Sarsaparilla

"Two bottles of Ayer's Sarsaparilla cured my baby of an eruption which covered his body in one solid scab -- Mrs. Kate Lamb, Orton, Utah."
James Cook Ayer was the most successful patent medicine manufacturer of his age (1830s--1880s) and he accumulated one of the great fortunes of the era, an estimated $20 million. The real secret to his success was the $140,000 a year he spent on advertisements.


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The Open-Front Shirt

"A dazzling shirt to make people look at you twice...Lustrous fabric 91% acetate and 9% Nylon." Lots of chest hair and a fabric that doesn't breathe. Sounds real sweaty.

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Kit-Cat and Kit-Kat

Kit Kat first appeared in the 1920s, when Rowntree's, a confectionery company based in the UK, launched a brand of chocolates called Kit Cat.

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K & A Mop Bucket - A gift Mother will appreciate 365 days a year!

"See Mother's eyes gleam at this labour-saving gift."
Is she really happy, or is she thinking of getting even while you are asleep?


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Bernie with a Bagdad Turkish Water Pipe

 This is a 1936 print ad for the Bagdad Turkish Water Pipe, a product of The Briarwood Corporation. This ad features Ben Bernie, an American jazz violinist, bandleader, and radio personality, often introduced as "The Old Maestro."