Friday, April 23, 2021

Funny Vintage Ads (51)

 

 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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Drum - Who said Men Smoke Drum?
Yeah, and who said women who smoke have to wear a bra?

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Army - One Man
Until the 1970s, Army recruiting focused on serving one's country or joining a team. After the draft was ended in 1973, recruiting appeals focused on the individual.
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Spud - Happy-mouth
Menthol cigarettes were first developed by Lloyd "Spud" Hughes of Mingo Junction, Ohio, in 1924, though the idea did not become popular until the Axton-Fisher Tobacco Company acquired the patent in 1927, marketing them nationwide as "Spud Menthol Cooled Cigarettes".
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Lysol - Why should I be so tired?
"Do not be misled by the extravagant claims of so-called 'non-poisonous' preparations. Lysol itself is non-poisonous when used in proper dilution."
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Veneral Disease Has Gone to War
In order to stem the tide of venereal disease in World War One, military authorities first tried appeals to self-control and Christian chastity. When that didn't work, they tried appeals to patriotism.
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Drink Dr Pepper
"Drink Dr. Pepper - Delightfully Refreshing"
 Maybe not as delightfully refreshing as a naked girl on a beach, and definitely not as invigorating.
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Kodak - You press the button we do the rest
George Eastman invented the first practical film camera and the slogan, "You press the button; we do the rest." The "Cine-Kodak" was Kodak's first movie camera and the "Kodascope" was Kodak's first movie projector.
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Camels Doctor

In the 1930s and 1940s tobacco companies promoted "research" conducted by their advertising agencies that amounted to giving doctors a free carton of cigarettes and then asking for their opinions.
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Ricky and Debbie in Sardineland
This summer take the kids to Sardineland!. This was a comic book produced by the state of Maine in the 1960s to promote tourism.
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Coleco Pizza Hut
Hey Kids! Now you can make your own lukewarm pizzas with a 100 watt bulb.
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Hupmobile
Robert Hupp, a former employee of Oldsmobile and Ford, and his brother Louis Hupp founded the Hupp Motor Car Co. in 1909 in Detroit, Michigan. They made a crucial mistake in the 1930s when they switched production from budget models to expensive high-end vehicles just as the Great Depression started. Hupmobile never recovered and ceased operations in 1940. 
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Hinds Cream
Hinds Honey and Almond Cream was invented by Aurelius Stone Hinds in 1873, but the product didn't contain any honey or almonds. It was mostly beeswax with some emulsifiers like borax.
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u-test-em TV receiving tube tester
In the 1950s and 1960s you could actually repair your own TV and radio by taking the tubes to a store with a tester unit. If a tube tested bad, you could buy a new one from inventory that was stored in the cabinet.
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Rambler - He'll be in kindergarten
Early car seats focused on restraining children's movement rather than protecting them.
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Rising Sun Stove Polish
Blacks calling each other "snowflake" was a common advertising meme in the early 20th Century. 'Snowflake' was first used by abolitionists in Missouri in the 1860s to refer to those who opposed the abolition of slavery. Later it was used by blacks against other blacks to mean they were acting "too white."
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Renwal Visible Head
Irving Rosenbloom, the inventor of the Visible Man, Visible Woman and The Visible Head in the 1960s was amazed to see how popular his kits became with medical and nursing students.
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Lovell 77 Wringer Push-Pull Control
Clothes ringers were a necessity for removing water from wet clothes until washing machines with automatic spin dry cycles were introduced.
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Army Apprentices
I finished school and couldn't get a job so I joined the Army to learn a trade. "There was plenty of sport and I met a lot of good buddies." Then I got shipped off to a war.
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Own a Real Texas Ranch
Who wouldn’t want some prime Texas real estate? One acre of land contains about 6.2 million square inches, so $2 per inch works out to an exorbitant rate of $12.4 million per acre.
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Trilety - Beautifully Shaped Lips
 This is what some women used to get a "trout pout" in the 1940s.
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Doramad Radioaktive Zahncreme

Doramad Radioactive Toothpaste (Doramad Radioaktive Zahncreme) contained small amounts of thorium and was produced in Germany from 1920-1945.
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The STacy was a portable version of the Atari ST
that was originally designed to operate on 12 standard “C” cells for portability. When Atari realized how quickly the machine drained the batteries, they simply glued the lid of the battery compartment shut.
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Skinny Girls
During the Depression of the 1930s, few people were overeating and some thin people took ironized yeast to gain weight. Now we have fast food and an epidemic of obesity. 
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Kickapoo Joy Juice
"Kickapoo Joy Juice" was a fictional beverage depicted in the American comic strip Li'l Abner in the 1930s. The real world drink was introduced in 1965 under NuGrape, a former brand of the Monarch Beverage Company.
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Kelpidine Candy
Kelpidine candy made from seaweed was mostly made of iodine and so the product wasn't safe for people with blood disorders such as diabetes or heart trouble. Lawsuits quickly followed.
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Dr Seuss - Wild Tones
This advertising pamphlet for Stromberg-Carlson radios, titled "What Is a Wild Tone?" was illustrated by Dr. Seuss.
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Stationette
The Stationette was a prototype that was shown at the 1954 World Motor Sports Show and offered as 'America' Economy Car of the Future.' It never entered production.
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Westinghouse Leisure Line of Electric Home Appliances
"Timely tips from a chap who knows women."
The "chap" apparently thinks only women can use all these appliances.
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Deinhard Green
...but then we got drunk and had hotel sex.
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Schwinn - Captain Kangaroo
In the late 1950s, Captain Kangaroo was enlisted to sell Schwinn-brand bicycles to his show's audience that were typically six years old and under, and who had difficulty separating Schwinn's sales pitch from the regular content of the show.

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