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The Snow Job

Ad for Thin Gillettes (I forgot to mark the date.)
Ad for Thin Gillettes (I forgot to mark the date.)

The railroad version of a rotary plow is pretty badass. Imagine shaving with that puppy.
See one in action on Donner Pass.
Yep, that Donner.

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Stayin’ alive. Stayin’ alive. Well, more like tryin’ to stay alive and failin’, but that’s harder to sing.

American Modeler magazine - July 1958
American Modeler magazine – July 1958
Model Airplane News - 1961 Annual
Model Airplane News – 1961 Annual

What is that strange toy? It can’t possibly be based on a real plane, can it?

Yes. Yes it can. The “small, tubby airplane” is the Gee Bee! Also described as “A Cute But Dangerous Airplane” and the “Fastest and Most Dangerous Airplane in the World“.

Want one? As of May 2019, you can for the low, low price of only $899,000!

The Corsican’s Camera

Ad for the Olympus 35EC

The Olympus 35EC was introduced in 1969.

Napoléon Bonaparte was introduced in 1769.

And then there’s the small matter of Napoleon’s penis, currently residing in New Jersey.

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” — Napoleon

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“Heavens! Why are you two chaps so keen to see me partake in this particular effervescent beverage with a curious aroma of chloral hydrate?”

Coca-Cola ad from the June 12, 1926 issue of The Literary Digest
Coca-Cola ad from the June 12, 1926 issue of The Literary Digest

Before he formulated Coca-Cola, did you know Doc Pemberton sold a wine & cocaine precursor based on Vin Mariani in France? Also, he was a morphine addict.

“He called it Pemberton’s French Wine Coca and marketed it as a panacea. Among many fantastic claims, he called it ‘a most wonderful invigorator of sexual organs.'”

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Let’s get baked.

1973 comic book ad for  Kenner Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven
1973 comic book ad for  Kenner Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven

The toy that also taught us about second- and third-degree burns.

Q: If two 60-watt incandescent light bulbs take 12 minutes to bake a cake, how long would it take LED bulbs?

A: 0 minutes. Just throw it in the microwave.

Fun Fact: Kenner sold half a million ovens in the first year (1963).

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A decade before Brooke Shields said — “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” — there was this.

1971 ad for Landlupper
From the December 1971 issue of Evergreen Review

According to the Vintage Fashion Guild, Landlubber was “THE cool jeans to wear” in the 1970s.

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The Kotex secret? Gravity!

Kotex tampons ad from 1969
Found in an American Girl magazine from 1969 or so.

It was a big advance from the old sanitary belts, and a huge leap from sanitary suspenders.

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Sorry to bug you.

Volkswagen Beetle magazine ad from around 1970
circa 1970

Q: Where do Volkswagens go when they get old?

A: The Old Volks home.

I’m so sorry.

Not-really-fun fact: The Volkswagen Beetle was originally named the Volkswagen Type 1 and marketed as the Volkswagen.

More VW Beetle trivia here via Mental Floss.

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“requires no exhausts, plumbing, dark rooms or messy inks”

Bruning Copyflex ad
Boy, I wish I wrote down the year of the magazine this was in. Might’ve been a Pathfinder. Remember, this didn’t cost you nuthin’.

Find out a bit more about Bruning via Forgotten Chicago.

I think the “ordinary translucent paper” mentioned in the ad copy might’ve been vellum or onionskin, but I could be wrong.

What the hell is Diazotype, you ask? MoMA has you covered.

“What time am it when little hand on da three anna big one there?”
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“What’s our vector, Victor?”

From the August 1985 issue of Antic — The ATARI Resource — magazine
From the August 1985 issue of Antic — The ATARI Resource — magazine

“…an awe-inspiring flight over realistic scenery…”
Lies! All lies! See for yourself below.

Thanks to this software, and trying to learn how to fly on an Atari 1200XL computer connected to a black and white TV set in the mid-1980s, I decided that I did not want to become a pilot when I grew up.

I thought the vector art used in the ad and packaging was pretty nifty tho.

Ooh! subLOGIC had a Telex number! Fancy.

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