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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Funny Vintage Ads (45)

 

 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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Carefree tampons are so different you forget what day it is.
Girl on left: "What day is it?"
Girl on right: "Beats me. I'm on my period."
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Jumbo - The Giant African Elephant
PT Barnum bought Jumbo from the London Zoo in 1882 and earned back the money he spent in three weeks of exhibiting Jumbo in Madison Square Garden. Jumbo was hit and killed by a train in 1885, so Barnum had him stuffed and continued to exhibit him.
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Vespa - Hi Buddies!
 Looing a little wimpy riding a Vespa? Manspread!
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Kill the Rumors - about radiation
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tomic radiation can cause genetic mutations and your baby has three heads.
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Tear Gas Fountain Pen
"Protection for everybody against robbers, criminals, morons..."
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Black-Daylite Television
"Black-Daylite" was a promotional term used to describe the development of a darker color screen phosphor.
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Stevens Rifle
It was once a rite of passage for farm boys to receive a rifle on their 13th or 14th birthday or for Christmas.
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Greyhound Vacation
Yes, you too can afford a vacation, but only if you travel by bus.
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Eye catching Slacks
Eye-catching or eye...sore.
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Ludwig Drums
The Ludwig Drum Company was established in Chicago in 1909 by William F. & Theobald Ludwig. By 1923, Ludwig was the largest drum manufacturer in the world. Sales doubled in 1964 when The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show with Ringo playing Ludwig Drums.
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Remco Radar Rocket Cannon
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Electronics! Excitement! Giant Cannon launches flying jet plane! Target appears on TV screen! Radar antenna rotates, picks up beep signals, gives warning! "Aircraft spotter" talks to "Radar operator" over intercom! Also has telegraph key for code."
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Lydia E Pinkham's Vegetable Compound -- Attention Sick Women
In 1875, Lydia Pinkham developed an immensely popular, if questionably effective, herbal remedy for “female complaints.” It is still being sold today.
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Reliant Regal
The Reliant Regal was a small three-wheeled car manufactured from 1953 to 1973 by the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, England. Because they were three-wheelers, you only needed a motorcycle license to drive one, and the taxes were much cheaper.
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Candy is Food
Candy was one of the very first processed foods and many people treated it with suspicion, fearing it could be tainted in some way.
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Dr. Jeanne Walter Elastic Rubber Garments
Wearing rubber to sweat off your blubber was just one of many ways that people tried lose weight in the early 20th century.
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Sensenbrenner Cigar
Sensenbrenner's Cigar store was located in San Diego between Schwarzenberg the Architect and Stenheiser the Printer.
By 1890, an estimated 2.8 million German-born immigrants lived in the United States.
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250 Ways To Save Sugar Cook Book
When the Japanese conquered the Philippines in the early months of 1942, the United States lost a major source of sugar imports. Cooks learned to be creative, using saccharine, corn syrup, and even packets of flavored gelatin as sugar substitutes.
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Listerine Grandma
Your grown children don't want to kiss you because it means certain death by halitosis.
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Planetary-pencil-pointer
A common advertising theme in the early 20th Century was the claim that the product was so easy to use that even a woman could do it.
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Topsy Tobacco
Topsy was a character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) and later became a pickaninny stereotype in minstrel shows and advertising.
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Hickory Pantie Girdle
In the 1960s they combined the worst aspects of a panty and a girdle to come up with the Pantie Girdle.
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Dr Scott's Electric Hair Brush

 The Scott Electric Hair Brush contained no electricity, but did have slightly magnetized iron rods in its handle. A 1" diameter compass was included with each brush so the customer could be amazed that a supposedly non metallic brush would cause the needle to move.
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You can be a star performer
The Buescher Band Instrument Company was a manufacturer of musical instruments in Elkhart, Indiana, from 1894 to 1963.
Louis Armstrong recorded with a Buescher Truetone Trumpet in the late 1920s.
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You meet the nicest people on a Honda
In the 1960s, Honda grew its market share dramatically by changing the image of motorcycle riders from gang members to average Americans.
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Hires - From Coast to Coast
Charles Elmer Hires debuted a commercial version of root beer at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. Hires was a teetotaler who wanted to call the beverage "root tea" but he realized that Pennsylvania miners wouldn't be interested in a "soft" drink, so he called it Root Beer.
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Puffed Wheat -- Nurse Nerida
The cardboard hat says "Nurse, Atmosphere Station." Even in the 1950s that made no sense.
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Heath Hero Jr
HERO Jr. was sold by Heathkit during the 1980s, cost about $600 and
came as a kit; you had to mount and solder every component onto the circuit boards and install the motors, speakers, and sensors. His features included a security guard mode, alarm clock, reciting poetry, singing, and the ability to explore around the house.
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Marmola
Marmola was made with desiccated thyroid and a lot of laxatives. In 1931, the Federal Trade Commission tried to stop them from making false claims and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ultimately ruled in the FTC's favor.
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Chi-Chesters Pills - Gay as Ever
Chi-Chesters Pills contained
pennyroyal, an old herbal remedy for seasickness, headaches, coughs and colds -- not to mention pregnancy, which no one was allowed to mention at the time. Pennyroyal can induce an abortion but it can also kill the mother or cause her irreversible kidney and liver damage.
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GE - Uncle Sam Needs You
"Not just now sonny. But you just wait!"
There will be another war soon enough.