Except for Brady-Bunch Orange, all the worst late-60s colors in one late-60s GE ad!

Thanks to growing up in North Dakota — where nobody got rid of perfectly-good appliances until they stopped working, exploded, caught fire or got skunked by an actual skunk — I am very familiar with Avocado and Harvest (called “Harvest Gold”* in my neck of the woods). On the other hand, I only have fleeting memories of Woodhue, Frost White and Mist Blue after seeing them here, and the latter two mostly just remind me of those long-expired pastel mints that elderly relatives always had somewhere in their house in a decorative glass container. [shudder]

*I have been informed that Harvest Gold is darker than simply Harvest, but still lighter than the infamous Harvest Black.

Ad of Yore: General Electric Air Conditioner full-page print advertisement from a 1969 Look magazine

Ad of Yore: General Electric Air Conditioner full-page print advertisement from a 1969 Look magazine

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Take a Puff… It is Springtime

Ad of Yore: Salem full-page back cover print advertisement from a 1969 Look magazine

Ad of Yore: Salem full-page back cover print advertisement from a 1969 Look magazine

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The Truest North Dakotan of Them All Featured in VW Beetle Print Ad from 1969

After years and years of research, I have finally found the one person who best epitomizes North Dakotans for the outside world.

It’s not Lawrence Welk, Josh Duhamel (Sorry, ladies.), Shadoe Stevens, Leslie Bibb (Call me!) or Angie Dickinson. Rather, it’s Father Aloysius Bittman of Mandaree, North Dakota, who was featured in a 1969 print ad for Volkswagen.

Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

Ad of Yore: Volkswagen print advertisement from a 1969 Look magazine

Ad of Yore: Volkswagen print advertisement from a 1969 Look magazine

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Bottom 12 Failed Guy Fieri Catchphrases

Bottom 12 Failed Guy Fieri Catchphrases

12. “Well, lick my scab!”

11. “Holy E. Coli!”

10. “That’ll frost the pubes!”

9. “Well, grill my gonads!”

8. “That’ll strangle the hooker!”

7. “This is out of butts!”

6. “F*ck the front door!”

5. “Well, butter my butt plug!”

4. “This is gangbangin’!”

3. “Off the nipple!”

2. “That’s tampon!”

1. “Twist off my taint and call me a marsupial!”

Now you too can perspire with the slightest exertion!

Ad of Yore: Print advertisement from a 1973 Charlton comic book

Ad of Yore: Print advertisement from a 1973 Charlton comic book

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“I’m the most wanted girl in town… thanks to Stenotype”

Ad of Yore: LaSalle Extension University print advertisement from a 1973 Charlton comic book

Ad of Yore: La Salle Extension University print advertisement from a 1973 Charlton comic book

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White Serial Killer Finally Caught After 50 Years

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The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief today as the Pillsbury Doughboy was finally caught, ending his horrific Poppin’ Fresh killing spree.

Ideal for decorating all your things with meaning.

Wow!

Ad of Yore: Print advertisement from a 1973 Charlton comic book
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Great Moments in Direct Mail

Ahhhhh… That awkward moment when the U.S. Postal Service mails you a booklet of great direct mail printing ideas and it arrives damaged.

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Overheard at American Eagle Outfitters HQ

“Intern Jenkins!”

“Yessir!”

“Black out our logos in the shoes we sold to TJ Maxx!”

“Yessir!”

“No one must ever know!”

“Yessir!”

“Protect our brand!”

“Yessir!”

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