Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Funny Vintage Ads (22)

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.



The original formula for Chi-ches-ters included pennyroyal, an abortifacient to treat “Amenorrhea” (absence of menstruation) by inducing an abortion.


Body Braces
Most early treatments for back pain and spinal deformities involved racks and braces that would probably not look out of place today in a torture chamber or the dingy dungeons of avid BDSM fanatics.

 The Isolator Helmet

 The Isolator was invented in 1925 by Hugo Gernsback, editor of Science and Invention magazine to help increase focus and concentration.

Witness the Power of the Atomic Bomb
 From 1951 to 1963, the US tested nuclear weapons above ground in Nevada, and Las Vegas capitalized on the atomic spectacle. The Chamber of Commerce printed up calendars advertising detonation times and even organized bus tours. As a result, thousands of Americans were exposed to radiation and fallout.

 You're eating a pony
"It may be a surprise to little Jennifer here but it isn't news to choosy Moms..."
Bonomo Ritual
Joseph Bonomo (1901 – 1978) was a famous American weight lifter, strongman, film stunt performer and actor.  Starting in the 1940s, Bonomo published a series of "mini" self-help booklets -- muscle, bustline and personality manuals, how to make more money, how to look lovelier after 40, how to use makeup, look taller, dance better, be a better hostess, find the man of your dreams, and simplify housework.

 "The King Collar!"
They wanted to call it the "Pimp Collar" but couldn't get that past the censors.
"...made of luxury fabric blended of 94% acetate, 6% nylon, with the look and feel of silk jersey"
So, it looks like silk, but it ISN'T.

 Frigidaire was founded as the Guardian Frigerator Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and developed the first self-contained refrigerator (invented by Nathaniel B. Wales and Alfred Mellowes) in 1916.

A cigar brings out the caveman in you
"A cigar brings out the caveman in you"
And by "caveman" we mean you'll be dressed in a business suit and holding a club while women dressed in animal prints sit at your feet.


The Beauti-Breast promises its results via a  contraption called the “Hydrotherapy Cup”. You stick it on during a bath, and it sprays your boobs with water magically making them grow. There’s also some miracle creme to prevent stretch marks…. a vital component when you can gain 1 1/2 inches in 15 minutes.


Learn Oriental Love-ways
"Become the sexpert you always wanted to be!"
A quick Google search shows that Sho’shdai, or Shoshidai is a governmental office or position. Oooh, baby.

Blinders ... because she Shies At New Ideas
The latest in Conservative political headgear

Sleepless Baby? Use Laudanum

Advertisement in the Sears Roebuck Catalogue for laudanum.  Opium’s toxicity for infants was common knowledge since antiquity, and yet in the late 19th Century it was still in widespread use. 


G-Boy Repeating Cap Pistol 

"It's a real thriller. Yes! Looks and feels like the Automatic "45's" carried by our Army Officer . . . It's made of strong lightweight aluminum . . . with a plastic "Pearl" handle. It's easy to reload. Any boy would gladly give his entire allowance for one of these."

Sandersons Iron Age Tonic
Tonics were promoted as a way to improve one's overall condition in the event of illness or fatigue. The Sanderson family operated a drug store and a patent medicine business in Richmond Hill, Ontario from 1869 to 1918.
International Correspondence Schools

"You've gone way past me, Jim!" It's the neck tie, old man. That's why I'm now superintendent and you're stuck in a rut.
International Correspondence Schools was founded in 1889 in Scranton, Pennsylvania by a journalist and editor of the Mining Herald, Thomas J. Foster. He built the nation's largest correspondence school by discovering an untapped market of blue-collar workers eager to improve their lives.

Radium Appliance Company
The widespread use of radium in medicine ended when it was discovered that physical tolerance was lower than expected and exposure caused long term cell damage that could appear as carcinoma up to 40 years after treatment.

 Milk for Summer Thirst -- WPA

  A poster for the Cleveland Division of Health promoting milk as a summer thirst quencher. The poster was illustrated by the WPA Federal Art Project in Ohio in 1940.


Hambone Sweets

Hambone was the nickname of Tom Hunley, a folk-wisdom spouting ex-slave who lived in Greenwood Mississippi. A young Memphis editorial cartoonist, James Pinckney “J.P.” Alley turned the old man’s pithy observations on life into a syndicated column called “Hambone’s Meditations” which debuted in 1916.

Ideal's New Betsy Wetsy

 Betsy Wetsy was a "drink-and-wet" doll introduced by the Ideal Toy Company of New York in 1934. Later, it was one of the most popular dolls of its kind in the Post–World War II baby boom era. Betsy Wetsy was also one of the first major dolls to be produced in an African American version.


Messerschmitt KR200

After World War Two, the German aircraft company Messerschmitt was banned from producing planes as part of the denazification process, so they began producing prefab houses. In 1955, they began production of the Messerschmitt KR200, or Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter), a three-wheeled bubble car manufactured until 1964.


Allied Radio was established in 1928 as an electronic parts distributor. By 1948 they were offering the latest in televisions, portable phonographs and Hi-Fi equipment. In 1970, they were purchased by Tandy Corporation, Radio Shack’s parent company. Radio Shack declared bankruptcy in 2015 and again in 2017.


Monopoly -- Parker Brothers
Elizabeth Magie invented the game that eventually became Monopoly in 1903 as a protest against the inequalities of the Gilded Age. The Parker Brothers version was first marketed in 1935.

Lactated Food
Lactated food has glucose (simple sugar) is added to certain proteins and lipids in a process called glycosylation.
Lactated food for Babies was produced by Wells, Richardson & Company in Burlington, Vermont.


"All you need to do is to write saying that you are deaf and will try the “ACOUSTICON.” The trial will not cost you one cent, for we even pay delivery charges."
This early model hearing aid was manufactured by the General Acoustic Company.


Baker's Cocoa

"contains considerable fatty matter, more than one quarter..."
More fat in cocoa doesn't sound very appetizing, but in fact premium coca typically has 22% to 24% fat content.


h.i.s. -- For whom the bells toll
What a bunch of stiffs!
You can see more life-like representations of humans at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum


Automatic Baby Feeder
  An "Automatic" Baby Feeder where the baby is supposed to reach up and grab the bottle and guide it to his/her mouth. What could go wrong?


 John Deere Waterloo Boy Tractor
In 1836, John Deere invented the first steel plow that could till American Midwest prairie soil without clogging. He incorporated in 1865 and then acquired the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in March 1918, marking the company’s entry into the tractor business.

Lucky Tiger Gets the Gals

Lucky Tiger will send you pictures of these trophy women so you can “Make Your Den a Lucky Lair.”  Oh yes, that'll really impress the chicks!