Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Funny Vintage Ads (35)

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.
Lane Bryant - If you're stout
"If you are stout" then you won't look like our model in this dress.
Hercules Horse Action Saddle
The Hercules Horse Action Saddle was a Victorian
version of the exercise bike, and both men and women were
encouraged to use it. It purported to alleviate 'hysteria' and
insomnia, cure gout and rheumatism, and reduce obesity.

Riker Locomobile
Andrew L. Riker, was an early pioneer of electric vehicles who also designed the Locomobile Company's first worm-driven gasoline-powered truck.
Ron Merito Rum - Suave! Delicioso!
This 1946 ad for Ron Merito’s Mountain Distilled Puerto Rico Rum promises "mountain flavor" from its "mountain distilled" rum, but the setting doesn't look anything like Puerto Rico and the mascot on a burro with an accordion doesn't look anything like a Puerto Rican.
Pabst - Double Hopped
Scientists confirmed in 2012 that cannabis and hops are genetically related, belonging to Cannabinaceae family.  Both cannabis and hops flowers have a long history of use as herbal medicines with sedative properties.
Lionel Electric Trains -- Free to Men and Boys
 "Free to Men and Boys" but not women and girls?
During World War II, government-mandated restrictions on the use of various metals halted production of metal toys, so Lionel focused on promoting post-war sales.

IBM - 150 Extra Engineers
The IBM 604 Electronic Calculating Punch, introduced in 1948, was designed primarily for punched card processing and related calculations. It was described as a "miniature electronic calculator."
Your man will love a barbecue bib
 "Made from heavy awing cloth in bright,gaudy, horrible stripes."
What the well-dressed sleezeball wears to lunch.

New York Public Baths
During the mid-to-late 19th century, New York City's rapidly expanding population had reached 1.4 million, leaving many residents without access to adequate sanitation facilities. There were many commercial bathhouses, but the immigrant poor couldn't afford to use them and it wasn’t until 1901 that the first year-round public bathhouse opened.
Lafayette Radio - Family radiation survival set
If all you have is this radiation survival kit, you'll be envying those who were vaporized at ground zero. Lafayette Radio Electronics Corporation began as "Wholesale Radio Service Company" around 1922, issuing its first catalog in 1924.
Scott's Emulsion

In the late 1800s, cod liver oil was thought to have great health benefits, but the taste and smell were awful. In 1873, Alfred B. Scott and Samuel W. Bowne invented the first emulsified version of cod liver oil. Scott and Bowne’s first trademark, registered in 1879, included the initials P.P.P. and three words—“Perfect, Permanent, Palatable.

Kahn Tailoring Inc - Civilian and Military Tailors
Rich officers (including George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt and George Patton) often wore custom-tailored uniforms into battle.
Colored Chicks
 The word "colored" was first used to describe black people in the US in 1807, and didn't end until the mid 1960s.
Armstrong Hair Pomade
In 1969, Neil Armstrong landed on the Sea of Tranquility on the moon, and hair pomade was never quite the same after. And now we know the secret to Neil Armstrong's slick hairdo.
Rainier Beer -- Beneficial to Young and Old
Chug-a-lug Grandpa!
You too, little missy.

Cranes Little Bon-Bon Pills -- A cure for Torpid Liver
Claiming to cure a ‘torpid liver’ and beautify the complexion, Crane’s Little Bon-Bon Pills were most likely a laxative or mild diuretic.
Gold Dust Twins - A word to the wife is sufficient
The Gold Dust Twins, nicknamed “Goldie” and “Dusty,” first appeared in graphics for Fairbank’s cleaning products in 1892.
Lazy Man's Power Mower
This 1957 Power Mower of the Future was equipped with a plastic dome, air foam cushion seat, electric generator, running lights, radio, air conditioning and telephone.
Treat Inflamed Eyes with Radio Waves
"A large electrode is buried beneath the patient’s pillow, while smaller electrodes, swathed in soft padding, are applied directly to his eyes..."
The medical profession has been using radio waves to aid diagnosis and treatment for over 125 years.

Colgate - Aw, give a guy a chance
This sailor looks to be about 16 years old!
Colgate was the first toothpaste in a collapsible tube, introduced in 1896 in New York, when it had previously been sold in glass jars since 1873.

Inflatable Sauna Shorts
"...used by many to reduce the waist line."
Now you can melt those pounds away as you golf or paint!

1908 Cadillac
Cadillac was founded in 1902 by Henry Leland, who named the company after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit. In 1908, when this ad was posted, Cadillac had brought the idea of interchangeable parts to the automotive industry and laid the ground work for the modern mass production of automobiles.
Pillow Pals
"Gorgeous glamour girls in Life-like natural colors. A must for every bachelor apartment!"
Hair on your chest -- wig
Austin Powers: "So, shall we shag now, or shall we shag later?"
Ranchwear for Boys
 "Outfit him like a real cowboy!"
With embroidered vest and chaps.

In 1967, S. Truett Cathy opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta, GA. In 2012, Chick-fil-A's chief operating officer Dan T. Cathy made several public statements about same-sex marriage, saying that those who "have the audacity to define what marriage is about" were "inviting God's judgment on our nation."
 "If you are TOO FAT why not reduce your weight and be comfortable?"
Gee, I hadn't thought of that!
Hall Chemical Company of St. Louis, MO will send you instructions for making your own reducing pills for a mere 4 cents to cover postage.

Star Trek Electric Phaser Gun
Released in 1975,  Remco's Star Trek "Transistorized-Electronic" Phaser Gun was one of the earliest electronic phaser toys.  It included, "Realistic Phaser Sound, Phaser Light Beam, Project-A-Target" and a secret compartment.
Reliance Ensenada
Whaaat? We're not gay! We're just two adult men goofing around in our boxers.
Stretch Wig 
For the "Newest Nowest Style!"