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Raquel Not Included

1911 magazine ad for Welch's Grape Juice
1911 magazine ad for Welch’s Grape Juice

A history of the Concord grape.

A history of the Concorde.

Methodist History: Communion and Welch’s Grape Juice

The approach in the advertising copy is… interesting. “We spent a lot of money on advertising, so give us your money.”

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“I’d punch the copywriter, but…” [shrugs]

If Venus Had Arms — 1911 magazine ad for Kellogg's Toasted Corn Flakes
If Venus Had Arms — 1911 magazine ad for Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes

15 Things You Should Know About ‘Venus de Milo

Were Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Created as an ‘Anti-Masturbatory Morning Meal’?

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It’s a pinky tinky!

Burroughs Ten Key Adding Machine magazine found in the January 19, 1957 issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Burroughs Ten Key Adding Machine magazine found in the January 19, 1957 issue of The Saturday Evening Post

Pink was a surprise, but then again, maybe not. An eBay/Etsy search shows that this device was available in Sea Mist Green, Amber Gray, Alpine Blue, or Capri Coral (pink to me). Yes, long before the iMac.

Hmm… It looks like division wasn’t quite invented yet. Well, it is an adding machine after all.

For the curious:

Ten Keys and Fewer

Today seems like a good day to read a brief history of the numeric keypad!

Can’t leave out the modern age!

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“Hurry up and paint the ad! This thing is effin’ heavy!”

Magazine ad for Liquid Veneer found in a May 1917 issue of The Designer.
Magazine ad for Liquid Veneer found in a May 1917 issue of The Designer.

The curious type in the Liquid Veneer is neither italic nor oblique. I’m not sure what you’d call it. Bizarro-oblique? Mirroritalic? Hmm.

Liquid Veneer was a product of the Buffalo Specialty Co.

They also made hacksaws and grinders.

I’m guessing it’s a bad idea to use Liquid Veneer for dental veneers.

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Come for the gimcracks. Stay for the SPUG.

Colgate ad found on the back cover of the January 1915 issue of The Designer magazine
Colgate ad found on the back cover of the January 1915 issue of The Designer magazine

What’s a gimcrack? Pretty much the same thing as a gewgaw, d-uh.

Mr. Smith must’ve been a real tightwad over clothing, as both he and Mrs. Smith wear the same outfits for several days. Hopefully, Colgate made a deodorant back then. (Nowadays, they do make Speed Stick.)

What’s the deal with fainting couches? In related news, a chaise longue is usually screwed up by Americans as a “chaise lounge”.

It looks like SPUG was made up for this ad, but there are other SPUGS that exist today.

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All other perfumes pale in comparison.

White Shoulders perfume ad from the December 1946 issue of Art News
White Shoulders perfume ad from the December 1946 issue of Art News

I thought it read “perfume by Bryan” but I guess it’s Evyan, not Bryan. Sorry, Bryan. Now sold under the Elizabeth Arden brand.

White Shoulders was launched in 1945. It was Evyan’s first and only perfume. Evyan’s founder had a great name — by Baron Walter Langer von Langendorff.

Yes, you want to know about the history of opera glasses.

White shoulders may be a symptom of a serious medical condition.

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Sensuous as the beat of the tom-tom

1946 magazine ad for Corday's Frenzy perfume.
1946 magazine ad for Corday’s Frenzy perfume.

What does it smell like? “sultry, light, flippant”

The artist is Vladimir Bobri (Bobritsky). More of his work here.

Corday was named after Charlotte Corday, a female assassin best known for offing this guy…

La Mort de Marat by Jacques-Louis David
La Mort de Marat by Jacques-Louis David

Does anyone else smell… murder?

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Is that her foot or is there a body under the couch?

Magazine ad for Lucky Strikes found on the back cover of a 1934 issue of Country LIfe.
Magazine ad for Lucky Strikes found on the back cover of a 1934 issue of Country LIfe.

The donkey cigarette holders I’ve seen aren’t quite as classy as hers.

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Three words: Giant Riding Saw

Giant Riding Saw

Bone shards:

So would this thing actually work as advertised, or was it one of those early Caveat Emptor / Buyer Beware moments?

Wanna see the world’s largest saw? Yes, yes you do.

Wanna hear Ave Maria played on a musical saw? Yes, yes you do.

Why buy a giant riding saw when you can just hire one of these guys?

One of these contraptions still exists! Sadly, they don’t show it in action.

Lastly, and not for the squeamish, a history of the punishment known as Death by Sawing.

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“Aveu!” “Gesundheit.”

1947 magazine ad for Roger & Gallet’s Aveu perfume
1947 magazine ad for Roger & Gallet’s Aveu perfume

Is he about to push her over the railing?

Or maybe he’s a chiropractor about to make an adjustment.

Bone shards:

“Aveu” is French for “confession”, so “Aveu Confession du désir” means “confession confession of desire”.

“It is a feminine floral, created in 1946. Just at the end of the war, women were looking for beauty, flowers, things that would cheer them up after years of hardship, and Aveu was launched for this purpose.”

I have been unsuccessful in tracking down information on the assumed artist, Cydney. If you know anything, please hook me up!

The sophisticated name for a railing is balustrade. The vertical thingies on a balustrade are balusters. Now aren’t you fancy!?

Check out that sweet ampersand.

ampersand
ampersand

I was hoping there’d be a fancy name for those fingerless long/arm/sleeve gloves. Alas. “Gants à manches sans doigts” is a bit of a mouthful.

A 50ml flacon of this vintage perfume could set you back over $300.

A flacon is a bottle.

A falcon is a bird.

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