Monday, September 11, 2023

Funny Vintage Ads (80)


 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.

Cassidy T-Shirt

 David Cassidy parlayed his TV role in The Partridge Family (1970-74), based on the story of a real band The Cowsills, into being a legitimate rock superstar.
The Stone Method
The Stone Method is a "system of concentrated exertion, by which more exercise is actually obtained in 10 minutes than by the use of apparatus two hours, and embraces a thorough course in deep breathing without extra expense"
 Sounds like he's saying all you need to do to flex for 10 minutes.
Free Book Rectal Disorders
 McCleary Clinic and Hospital  "the world's largest hospital specializing in rectal and gastro-intestinal diseases" thought they could drum up some business in the 1950s with this free booklet on rectal disorders."
Draw the First Day
"Anyone can draw...No Lessons! No Talent!"
But not anyone get a pretty girl to pose in a bathing suit. That takes real talent.
Eveready Prestone

Eveready Battery Company began in 1890 and joined the
Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation in 1914. Prestone antifreeze was invented in 1917.
Coronado Tent City 1909
The Coronado Tent City
(1900-1939) was established on the road to the Hotel del Coronado by San Diego developer John D. Spreckels  (1853 – 1926). He saw an opportunity for vacationers of limited means to enjoy a seaside retreat, have access to the hotel grounds and enjoy the many tent city attractions during a season that ran from June to September. Attendance peaked at 10,000 during its 39-year run.
Hubba Bubba Gumfighting Do's and Don'ts
"Your size is not important. The size of your bubble is" in this 1980s bubble gum ad.
Armstrong Cork Bath Mat
Cork is the ideal material for a bath or shower mat. Long-known for its absorbent and anti-slip properties, it's also antibacterial.
Manhattan Polynesian Print Shirts
Manhattan Shirt Company in the 1950s called their upscale Hawaiian shirt a "Polynesian Print."
Hawaiian or "Aloha" shirts were invented in Hawaii in the 1920s, by Koichiro Miyamoto, known as Musa-Shiya the Shirtmaker.
Kotex - Are you in the know?
That "Kotex Sanitary Belt" in the lower right was a strange contraption,
Kotex used the "Are you in the know" theme in advertisements and free booklets for over three decades, starting in the 1930s.
Do-it-yourself Werewolf Kit
"The thrill of a deathtime!" 
New Crop Teas
"New Crop Teas" is a reference to the first harvest of tea in China, usually March to April. The box lists types of tea, including "Gunpowder."
Volvo - good for 10 years - 1971
"We don't make Volvo to look good. We make Volvo to last."
When American car makers were still telling their customers that they should buy a new car every 2-5 years, Volvo saw an opportunity.
Maytag - Remember when washing was work
It's a washer with a hand-wringer, but it's not work! And she has time to tend to her knitting in the evening. Such a wonderful labor-saving device! And it really was, for millions of American women in in the 1930s and 40s.
Cine 8 Univex Movie Camera
 At $9.95, the Cine “8” was the least expensive motion picture camera available in the 1930s. They were very durable cameras and many budding film directors got their start using them. 
Mrs Peeks Pudding
The Peek Frean company was established in London in 1857. England was in danger of being invaded during WW2, but this cartoon husband still expected a hot dinner on time every night, even though his wife works all day as an air warden.
Men's since of entitlement hasn't changed much since then.
Locomobile - 1914
The Locomobile Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut was one of the most prestigious American cars in the early twentieth century. This ad tells us that their cars are so wonderful, they don't need to put their name on them.
Dennis the Meace Dentist Set
You start with the dummy and then later you get to operate on the dog or your little brother.
Spencer Corsets
"...a Spencer Corsetiere, trained in the Spencer designer's method of figure analysis, will call at your home. A most interesting study of your figure will cost you nothing."
Spencer Corsets were custom made to correct "figure faults" by a fictitious Anne Spencer in the 1930s.
Packers Soap
Daniel F. Packer (1825-1904) was born in Connecticut, followed the 1849 Gold Rush to California and returned home 3 years later with a recipe for soap. Packer's Pine Tar Soap has been marketed continuously for over 150 years.
Count Dante - Deadliest Man Alive - 1975
This guy may look like a clown, but Count Dante claimed to have earned his reputation in secret "death matches" in Thailand and China. He organized and participated in a deadly "dojo storm" attacking a rival's students in 1970. 
Stillman's Freckle Cream -1935
This freckle cream must have worked pretty well, because Stillman's began in 1908 and is still in business today.
Rexall Amos n Andy Ad 1951
The Amos 'n' Andy Radio show was sponsored by; Pepsodent 1929-1937, Campbell's Soup 1937-1943, Rinso 1943-1955 and Rexall 1950-1954. 
Huffy Wheel
The Huffy Wheel was possibly the worst bike design of the late 1960s. You had to be constantly looking down to insure that the front wheel was pointing in the direction you wanted to go. Kids could pop a wheelie on the street, but they couldn't ride this thing off-road because it was so difficult to steer.
BD Dance Towels
 It's hard to look dignified in a sweat towel, but this guy almost pulls it off.
Here's "Captain Kirk" from the TV Show Star Trek, telling fans
the Commodore Vic 20 is, "The only computer you'll need for years to come." No doubt many current vintage computer fans would agree, but this very basic computer wasn't practical for long.
Convoy Terror - Five Star Toys
The ad says "A Complete Game" and ‘Convoy Terror’ (1960)
was years ahead of its time as a complex turn-based wargame, with two complete modern navies and played on a large map.
Edsel - They'll know you've arrived
Overpriced, ugly, over-hyped, and poorly made, the Edsel was produced for only two years and considered a huge failure for Ford, but now they are a collector's item
Never Love a Skinny Man
Sounds like a beer belly would have been irresistible to 1930s ladies. Food shortages during the Great Depression (1929–1939) did make fat more appealing.
Battle Axe Plug
In the late 19th Century, a "plug" was a brick of tobacco that sold for 5 or 10 cents.

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