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“Until you push the magic button.”

Panasonic magazine ad from around 1969
Panasonic magazine ad from around 1969

Let’s get this out of the way right away — “Just slightly ahead of our time.” was a fabulous tagline and they’ve never surpassed it. Not even close.

Bone shards:

Did you know you used to be able to get record players installed in your car?

Have you met The Electric Prunes mentioned in the body copy?

Six Panasonic D batteries will set you back around $15 these days. Last time I checked, at least.

Panasonic made the first bread machine. Who knew!? Well, probably Panasonic.

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Potato Slogans

a potato

Eat more potatoes.

You have toes, so eat potatoes.

Dig those potatoes, man.

Tonight, we’re having potatoes!

Potato — the egg of the underworld.

There’s nothing hotter than a potato.

“No matter how you spell it, it’s still potatos.”— Dan Quayle

Eat yer taters.

Potatoes — The rocks you can eat.

Starch something.

Your bud, the spud.

Mash things up.

The potato — North America’s banana.

Potatoes — America’s favorite lumpy nutrition.

Tater up!

Are potatoes ok?

Where fries come from.

Hey! It’s a potato!

The Safest Explosive

Magazine ad for Atlas Farm Powder found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman
Magazine ad for Atlas Farm Powder found in a 1916 issue of The Country Gentleman

Farmer go boom.

Bone Shards:

The once-free book will now set you back $50 at Abe Books.

If it’s so safe, why did it say “Dangerous” on the crate?

Did you know that the Nobel prizes were pretty much made possible by dynamite?

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Behind them, the iceberg emerged from the mysterious cloud.

1934 magazine ad for Chesterfield cigarettes
1934 magazine ad for Chesterfield cigarettes

Bone shards:

Titanic trivia? Sure!

Icebergs too? As you wish.

What does he or she mean about “that way”? I’m not sure, but it probably involves a riding crop and lots of Vaseline.

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“Brown shoes don’t make it.” — Frank Zappa

1948 magazine ad for Lady Nettleton shoes
1948 magazine ad for Lady Nettleton shoes

I’m sorry, but Lady Nettleton can’t come to the phone right now. She’s having tea with Mrs. Nesbit.

I’ve heard of gila monsters, and Gilly, and ghillie suits, but I never knew that a ghillie was also a type of shoe. Who knew!?

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…prevents CHOLERA and all manner of Epidemic Diseases…

No hope!
No hope!
Behold! The hydroxychloroquine of the mid-1800s.
Behold! The hydroxychloroquine of the mid-1800s.

Did you know the original snake oil was actually good for something?

“Colorful names and even more colorful claims.”

Learn some signs of medical quackery.

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Don’t forget the ripcord!

"O-O-O-O-H-H" — Marie McMillin
“O-O-O-O-H-H” — Marie McMillin
1939 magazine ad for Camel cigarettes
1939 magazine ad for Camel cigarettes

Bone Shards:

Looks like Marie McMillin was a real person and so is the story. (The actual dialogue might’ve been altered somewhat for marketing purposes.)

Here she is fo’ reals.

And the Internet being the Internet, somebody asked if it’s possible to smoke a cigarette while skydiving.

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When her pants are white, she’s in a plight.

Magazine ad for Pursettes tampons found in the December 1975 issue of Co-Ed.
Magazine ad for Pursettes tampons found in the December 1975 issue of Co-Ed.

[Pursesnatcher going through stolen bag…] “Hey! Cigars!”

It looks like the uncredited artist was Mort Drucker of MAD Magazine fame. Rest in peace, Mort. Also, rest in peace, MAD Magazine.

Pursette’s company, Campana, had one heck of a factory building in Batavia.

“How do you sell what you can’t talk about?”

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You might feel a little prick.

1948 magazine ad for Elizabeth Arden
1948 magazine ad for Elizabeth Arden

Sometimes a cactus is just a cactus.

Elizabeth Arden was born Florence Nightingale Graham.

The history of lipstick? Well, if you insist.

Did you know drinking cactus water might not be such a good idea?

A $1.25 lipstick in 1948 would cost $13.72 today.

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It’s nice, but is ain’t no Wagon Queen Family Truckster.

1974 magazine ad for the Jeep Wagoneer
1974 magazine ad for the Jeep Wagoneer
I'm pretty sure this is a ghost and the driver is about to have a most horrible death.
I’m pretty sure this is a ghost and the driver is about to have a most horrible death.

Speaking of the Wagon Queen Family Truckster

Tilt steering is a comfort option? A decade earlier, it was a luxury option.

The Wagoneer is coming back… maybe.

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