Hey baby, are you into hot fomentations?

1946 magazine ad for Battle Creek Equipment Company’s Battle Creek Thermophore

Mmm… Moist heat… Continue reading

I feel pretty. Oh so pretty.

1974 magazine ad for Yardley

I wonder what sort of magnificently manly scent this stuff had…
Eau de dumpster full of sweaty jock straps?
Crusty sock and whisky barf?
Burning chest hair?
Lumberjack taint scrapings? Continue reading

I think I know why we don’t hear much about sky driving these days.

1973 magazine ad for Canadian Club Blended Canadian Whisky

Did people really call Canadian Club “C. C.” back then? Do they now?

Me: “A CC on the rocks, please.”
Bartender: “What the hell is that?”
Me: “It’s what you drink after sky driving.”
Bartender: “What the hell is that?” Continue reading

Sometimes a little cigar isn’t just a little cigar.

Well, at least the balls are big.

1974 magazine ad for Winchester

Looks like several of the gals weren’t willing to ruin their hairdos for a guy with a little cigar.

Oh well, at least the balls are big. Continue reading

Spend a billion bucks on anti-smoking ads… or just show teens this print ad from 1974.

1974 Salem cigarette magazine ad – back cover

Boom. No more smoking teenagers.

You’re welcome, America. Continue reading

Is this an instant coffee ad or one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century?

1955 magazine ad for Nescafé Instant Coffee

I have questions. Continue reading

They drove a Chevrolet Bel Air to the picnic, but drove home in a Ford Thunderbird.

1955 magazine ad for Van Camp’s Pork and Beans

With six cans of beans at a picnic for four people, this ad is truly magical.

Another thing that impresses me about this ad is the copywriter managed to avoid using any real sentences. Continue reading

Perhaps you should start out with some nice card tricks instead.

1964 magazine ad for House of a Thousand Mysteries

Great expressions.

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English was different back then.

Frankenstein ad found in a 1964 Outdoor Life magazine

I’m bringing “muffs the scene” back. Continue reading

She goes in and out and in and out and in and out and in and out.

1964 magazine ad for Accordion Corporation of America

What instruments are comparable to accordions? Continue reading