Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Funny Vintage Ads (23)

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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From the late 19th century to the mid-1960s, advertising using stereotypical images of African-Americans was pervasive throughout the U.S. Blacks were made to appear subservient and ignorant as well as ugly and grotesque; more simian than human. And if domestic work or menial labor was involved, blacks were depicted as being best suited for the job.
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Your Wife Can Run the Cadillac
The Cadillac Car Company (named for the French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe Cadillac, who founded the city of Detroit in 1701) was founded in August 1902. 
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Marlboro Man
 Five men who appeared in Marlboro-related advertisements died of smoking-related diseases, earning Marlboro cigarettes, specifically Marlboro Reds, the nickname "Cowboy killers."
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Leis dandelion tonic

"A sure cure for Sick headache, dyspepsia, langour, nervous exhaustion arising from overwork or excess of any kind -- and for -- Female Weaknesses -- it prevents -- Malarial poisoning and fever and agne, and is a specific for obstinate constipation."

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Ipana - What! You want me to stop eating stew?
If you like stew, you risk having your teeth fall out.
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Black & Decker - Are you twice the woman your husband married?

In the Renaissance Era, fatness was the standard of beauty and considered a indication of one’s wealth and power. Now it's seen as a personal failure and a justification for shaming -- for women. But for some reason, men get a pass.

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McDonald's Grand Opening

The first McDonald's restaurant was started in 1948 by brothers Maurice and Richard McDonald in San Bernardino, California. They bought appliances for their small hamburger restaurant from salesman Ray Kroc, who later bought the company from them. 
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Communism, Hypnotism and The Beatles (1965)

In this pamphlet put out by the Christian Crusade in 1965, the author says:
"The Communists, through their scientists, educators and entertainers, have contrived an elaborate, calculating and scientific technique directed at rendering a generation of American youth useless through nerve-jamming, mental deterioration and retardation. The plan involves conditioned reflexes, hypnotism and certain kinds of music."

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Buckeye Cleanser
The J.P. Davies Company was founded in Dayton, Ohio in 1844 as a producer of oils for oil-burning lamp and lubrication uses. In 1892, they were the first company to market commercial soap.
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Buck Rogers Atomic Pistol

Buck Rogers first appeared in 1928 in the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories. The next year, he debuted in the first science fiction newspaper comic strip, which was published until 1967. The Buck Rogers U-235 Atomic Pistol produced a loud "POP" when the trigger was pulled, and sparks appeared in the side windows.

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 Oscar Wilde Asthetic Cigars

Oscar Wilde was a leader of the Aesthetic Movement of the 19th Century, arguing that art should exist for art’s sake only, without any sort of political agenda. How that was translated into cigars remains a mystery.

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Pabst of Milwaukee - 1897 ad

Pabst was renamed Pabst Blue Ribbon following its win as "America's Best" at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. At a time when most beer bottles didn't have labels and were embossed with the product name, Pabst added actual blue ribbons to each bottle. It was very expensive, but it turned out to be a brilliant marketing strategy because consumers were soon asking bartenders and merchants for "the blue-ribbon beer." 
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Grand Rapids Milk with Micky and Minnie
So Micky wants his milk inside of Minnie?

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 Blast Resistant House

If you're going to build a "blast-resistant" house, it's always a good idea to include lots of windows and huge patio doors.

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Woodbury's Facial Soap

Dermatologist John Woodbury invented a soap in the 1870s. The wrapper bore his name and his picture. The Andrew Jergens Company bought Woodbury’s Facial Soap in 1901 but continued to feature the doctor’s face on the wrapper and in advertising. Meanwhile Woodbury built an empire of cosmetic surgery institutes in 6 states, but his life ended in bankruptcy, litigation, and suicide when he was forced to concede that he had never attended medical school.

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Liquid Liptone

 "Think of it! Not a tiny bit of your Liquid Liptone leaves your lips for his -- or for a napkin or tea-cup. It stays true to your lips alone." Great! Can you ever remove it, or do you just paint over it with a different color?
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Whitman's Sampler - Bogart

In 1842, a 19-year-old Quaker named Stephen F. Whitman opened a small candy shop near Philadelphia’s waterfront.
In 1869, Whitman's son Horace introduced the use of cellophane to chocolate packaging for the first time. By 1915 the Whitman's Sampler was the best-selling box of chocolates in America.

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If an A-bomb Falls comic book


 "IF AN A-BOMB FALLS" (1951) - A Cold War era comic book on safety procedures for preparing and responding to an a-bomb attack, distributed by the State of Delaware, Department of Civil Defense.
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Magic Touch Ice Cube Trays
Now that we have refrigerators that dispense cold water, ice cubes and crushed ice, it's hard to imagine a time when you had to "make" your own ice and then wrestle it out of the tray. Like a lot of innovations, this new ice tray was great -- until the "magic" lever broke, and then you'd have to revert to the old method to get the cubes out -- rinse the tray in warm water and then smash it on the counter!
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Candy Cigarettes -- Just like Dad 


The selling of candy cigarettes is banned in several countries, even though they continue to be manufactured and consumed in many parts of the world. Many manufacturers now describe their products as candy sticks, bubble gum, or simply candy. 

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New Scientific Jet Rocket

It may be "almost indestructible" but that won't help you when it lands on a neighbor's roof.

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 Bissell Carpet Sweeper
 Melville Bissell developed an early carpet sweeping machine to aid in cleaning the crockery shop he and his wife Anna owned and operated. The device was patented as the Bissell Carpet Sweeper in 1876. In 1883 Bissell built the company's first manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids.
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Lawton Fat Reducer

 Dr Lawton's Fat Reducer looks a lot like a bathroom plunger.

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Bile Beans - Mum loves me now

Bile Beans was a laxative and tonic first marketed in the 1890s, as “Charles Forde’s Bile Beans for Biliousness.” The product supposedly contained substances extracted from a secret vegetable source by a fictitious chemist known as Charles Forde.
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Best Negrohead Tobacco

"Niggerhead" was a common advertising theme in the 19th and 1st half of the 20th Century, until protests by the NAACP got most of those advertisers to change to the supposedly less obnoxious "negrohead."  
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Caradium
 Using radioactive water to eliminate grey hair -- what could go wrong?
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Daisy Powder and Tablets
Daisy contained aspirin and caffeine, the same ingredients used in most headache medicines today.

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U.S.A Broad Jumping Team

"Conversational sweaters for beer busts, mad balls, etc. Girls like them, too!"
What the hell is a mad ball?


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John Wayne Camel Ad

 10 years after this ad appeared, John Wayne was diagnosed with lung cancer and had his left lung removed. He continued to smoke until his death from stomach cancer 15 years later.

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How to obtain a perfect looking nose

Your nose won't look any better if you wear this contraption in public.