According to this website, (and this one, too), in the late 1950s the muppets were up to some strange things: In 1957, Jim Henson was approached by a Washington, D.C. coffee company to produce ads for Wilkins Coffee. The local stations only had ten seconds for station identification, so the commercials had to be lightning-fast […]
This Wrigley’s gum sign in Times Square (alas, it wasn’t there for long) is my mom’s favorite spectacular.
From “Spank While You Sell,” a series of ads using spanking to sell products. It’s easy to say our ancestors were weird, but two of the ads on the site are quite recent. A very American ad from c.1940, rather specifically targeted at young chaps setting off for college. This is about fraternity hazing rather […]
“Man Writing Slash” posts 18 great mid-century print ads from The Ethyl Corporation. The premise is simple: take two objects which sound similar (but are quite different) and draw side-by-side pictures of them such that each looks like a slight variant on the other. There’s a big difference between these two things, you see…