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I seem to recall ads years ago for various adult products such as tobacco and alchol that used children's cartoon characters. Dr. Ben Goldacre has a British example of this. I don't know whether seeing a Dalek smoking would make me more likely to light up, but obviously someone thought it would.

I do recall that the first sponsor of The Flintstones in the US was Winston cigarettes, and I remember seeing advertisements for Winstons where Fred and Barney were getting themselves all nicotined up.
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I shall take out the location to protect the innocent…this person is interested in Chinese men.

In … area…you must host cheap motel downtown
i am a 55 Year/old Black/top/poet/lover of men old school homosexual
bring enema kit dildo condoms
must be clean no diseases
bring boneless spare ribs bean curd chow mein pork egg drop soup

You must be masculine submissive dad bottom into feet armpits sweat rimming
dont have to be a model must be a real person
be respectful and you will be respected
contact me asap thanks

I think that the menu specification is probably the best part of this.

I'll have one from column A and one from column B.
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The theme in the vintage ads community this week is Jell-o™ and other gelatine products. I liked Jell-o™ when I lived in the US (it's not available here in the UK, as far as I'm aware, although there are other Jell-o™-like foods).

So, many of the ads reproduced in the community have to do with that quintessentially 1950's food, the gelatine salad.

So perhaps you'd like to make some of this:

Corned Beef 'n Cabbage Mousse
Creamy Hellmann's makes this man-pleaser velvety-smooth.

1 envelope unflavoured gelatine
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup finely-chopped onion
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups finely-shredded cabbage
1 can corned beef, separated into chunks
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup pickle relish

Soften gelatine in water in small saucepan. Dissolve over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in onion, lemon juice, and salt. Gradually stir into mayonnaise. Blend in remaining ingredients. Turn into 1-quart mold and chill 2 hours or until firm. Unmould and serve. Serves 8.

Then again, perhaps not.
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Oh, how the language has changed in 50 years…

I always wondered what made me "go gay"…now I know: it was Jell-o™!

Thanks to the Vintage Ads community for this one.
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I came across this picture while browsing through a Stanford archive of tobacco advertising. Do have a very happy Christmas, all!

Apologies for the slight crookedness of the image.
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I don't happen to remember this product, but I wonder about the wisdom of having a toy able to shoot projectiles with caps so near to the hand. You might end up with five fingers after all.

One other observation: anyone else old enough to remember when commercials were at least a minute long? Nowadays a 30-second commercial is a long one; anything longer than that and the channel-hoppers will go to the next offering of chewing gum for the mind (as Newton Minow named TV).
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For those in other parts of the world, Tums is an antacid "candy" that comes in rolls or bottles. This advertisement should make you all do double-takes. Thanks to [ profile] urbanbohemian for the reference.

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Advertising was quite different years ago. This is a commercial for Telefunken vacuum tubes (=UK "valves"). Politically correct it isn't.

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If you live in Toronto (hi, [ profile] trawnapanda!), you can now get your household electronics waste recycled. The following commercial is kind of like a reverse of Crazy Eddie's ads in the New York area in the 1980's. BUT…I wish that London had a similar service.

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I'm not a fan of Orangina, but I am a fan of imaginative advertising. I'm an even bigger fan of imaginative advertising that has a gay slant.

Now according to a French website (in English), the ad was judged "too polemic". What do you think?

Thanks to Towleroad for this one.
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I wonder if someone related to me had a laboratory in NY at one time…

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In Singapore, OCBC Bank advertised that they would give you a cake on your birthday and have the staff sing "Happy Birthday" to you. When you advertise something like that, you do have to pony up when a customer comes in on his or her birthday and asks for a cake. But here's what happened when someone took them up on the deal.
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Back then, Sean Connery was mostly known as 007, and he hung out in Hollywood. So this is the kind of liquor ad he was doing then.

These days, he's known as Sir Sean Connery, and he hangs out a lot in Scotland, where he was born and raised.

I wonder what the Scottish Whisky Distillers Association thinks of the ad above...
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All those brought up in the US in the 50's and 60's will remember the jingle that starts: "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weiner..." Sounds like a strange thing to want to be, really. You have a short enough shelf life and then someone eats you.

Something else that has a short life is the advertising vehicle the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. I suppose that didn't come with mustard and relish...
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You may have seen some of the truly odious billboards that the police have scattered around the United Kingdom encouraging people to rat on their neighbours if, for example, you aren't familiar with what they're putting in their bins. Or you don't like the fact that all the men in the house next door wear beards and go to the mosque on Friday. Or they keep to themselves so they must be terrorists. Or something.

I was wondering when someone would put up a site allowing you to put your own slogan on the billboard—and now someone has.

Here's my take.


Mar. 25th, 2009 09:47 pm
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I've occasionally mentioned "Singapore Alex" here. I've known him for more than 12 years now, ever since he showed up in the UK. In the interim he's graduated from UCL, gained UK citizenship (and renounced Singaporean citizenship), formed a civil partnership with Bob, his partner of umpteen years, and decided to take up acting. He's been in a Christmas panto (at which I graced myself by being flip to the performers) and he often turns up in ads. He was in last Christmas's ITV offering "Clash of the Santas" playing the Japanese Santa (as a Chinese man he always gets the Oriental parts, even though he doesn't particularly look Japanese...).

A new Aviva ad (Aviva is the new name of Norwich Union Insurance) shows a long line of people "returning" to Aviva and being greeted on their return. Lo and behold, Alex is in the queue (he's the one who steps up to the greeter just before the ad switches to the message) and gets a bit more face time because of that.

Every time I see this ad on TV, instead of thinking "Oh, I must go out and buy some Aviva insurance!" I think, "Gee, there's Alex!" and forget all about insurance.

It's lucky for advertising that people who do not know any of the actors outnumber those who do.

If I could find a YouTube of the ad, I'd place it here, but I think that Aviva hasn't updated their website (on which they have ads) since the end of last year. About time you joined Web 2.0 and kept things up to the second, Aviva!
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...they used to wonder who put the orchestra in the radio...

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There is a group on Live Journal called vintage_ads; it often reproduces ads from a bygone age. Well, this ad from a very bygone age caught my eye today. Men of a certain age, those of us who are still around, that is, might observe a minute's silence...
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