The Swedish School of Physical Culture Was In Ireland
Waxing On About Cezanne Blue In Black & White
Craft-Scan Friday: Women Are Delighted By Shills
Modern Woman Monday: Women "Over 40" Wanted
Craft-Scan Friday: "It's A Thrilling Fad Of The Month Selection!"
I just love truth in advertising! Admitting "the lovely Ballerina Boudoir Doll" was a fad was one giant step forward for humanity. But we went two steps back when we learned that so many
would be seduced by the concept
Ad from the February 1952 issue of The Workbasket
; a magazine which was very fond of presenting advertorials as content
Labels: 1950s, Craft-Scan Fridays, crafting, dolls, vintage ads, vintage advertising
Craft-Scan Friday: Before There Was The BeDazzler...
The Nightmare That Is Sandy Mac Underwear
The opposite of how I envision underwear sales, for I neither want sandy undies nor the word "Mac" associated with my butt.
And why would it be cute to see a toddler in his underwear skating on thin ice?
Labels: 1920s, fashion, humor, illustration, Save The Baby, vintage ads, vintage advertising, weird ads
Before Snap, Crackle, Pop...
Vintage Bridal Shower Party Games
She Can't Believe She's In Reader's Digest Either
Baby Midget Velvet Grip Hose Supporter
Hires Root Beer Package, 1890
Skin Cancer For Christmas? You Shouldn't Have!
Giant Thinks Jack A Killer-Diller
7 Maids A-Milking -- To Music
Trouble Keeping Your Hose Up?
Girls Who Do Needlework Are Heterosexual
And they're proud of it too.
Boye Needle Company proclaimed "Girls Like Boye's" and proffered a tee-shirt which read "Every Girl needs a Boye" on the back cover of McCall's Needlework & Crafts, Spring 1978 issue
Thinking I just might be willing to kill for one of those shirts, I did a search at eBay for Every Girl needs a Boye
-- and finding just one (irrelevant) result, do you know what eBay suggested I might have meant?
Did you mean... every girl needs a bone ?
Now that's funny. And redundant.
Labels: 1970s, crochet, embroidery, fashion, knitting, vintage ads, vintage advertising
You Still Have A Chance To Get Into The Movies
Everything's Better When It's Kitsch On A Ritz
Warning: Your Male Bosom Is Bunchy
Eyelashes Like Fork Tines
Yeast, The New Way -- And You'll Like It
Correcting Ill-Shaped Noses At Home
And where else would you do it?
An ad in Beautiful Womanhood
, Edited by Mrs. Bernarr MacFadden
, November, 1923.
Labels: 1920s, beauty, vintage ads, vintage advertising, vintage magazines, weird, weird ads
Would You Believe A Talking Dog?
Remember When You Could Smoke On A Plane?
Cuddle & Kitschy Coo The Swan
This ad for Swan Soap
& features Joan Davis and CBS as well as mentions Davis as the star of "George White's Scandals", an RKO Radio Picture. I just dig the adorable swan.
The ad appears on the back cover of Calling All Girls
, December, 1945.
Labels: illustration, swans, the birds, vintage ads, vintage advertising
Man, before the internet and the ability to download 'virtual' crap, you could get all sorts of real
things via mail-order:
Yes, squirrel monkeys could actually be mailed to you, in a tiny little box (sundress not included), and you could have a best friend with a prehensile tail. I mean, other than Roger Coulter from 5th period, because he's just creepy. The squirrel monkey was guaranteed delivered alive, so if a dead monkey appeared in your mailbox, you had some sort of recourse. If you wanted two Minneapolis monkeys -- two monkeys!?!
-- you could save a fivespot on the deal. Hopefully, you'll be well-prepared for its arrival; otherwise you might end up with angry parents and an arm full of stitches
. My ad came from a 1963 issue of McCall's Needlework & Crafts
Labels: 1960s, advertising, monkeys, vintage ads
Sucaryl On This
Slenderella, packed by Richmond-Chase Company, featured Sucaryl® -- "the magic sweetener that doesn't add one single calorie". The cutie-patootie in the ad exclaims, "...so finally I tried slenderella low-calorie foods... and look what happened to itty-bitty me!"I look slimmer when I wear my tablecloths too, bitch.
But seriously... Sucaryl ® is Cyclamate, and was banned in the US for cancer. Which sort of begs the question about just what would be the cause of any weight loss.
If you can stand more strange factoids about Sucaryl®, check this info from Wikipedia
Like many artificial sweeteners, the sweetness of cyclamate was discovered by accident. Michael Sveda was working in the lab on the synthesis of anti-fever medication. He put his cigarette down on the lab bench and when he put it back in his mouth he discovered the sweet taste of cyclamate.
Just how do lab rats manage to survive at all?
Ad found in The Dakota Farmer
, "Dakota's Own Magazine", April 18, 1959.
Labels: 1950s, food, Modern Woman Mondays, vintage ads, vintage advertising
When Illustrations Collide
Jay Hyde Barnum
's illustration of a sexy songbird with a lifted hem shares the page with an ad for Perfect Circle
Triple-Action piston rings.
The incongruity of such juxtaposition of pinup with what I lovingly call 'racing troll babies' makes me stare long and hard at this vintage magazine page for clues... At first I thought sex appeal was being applied by Perfect Circle, but the three babies, a regular gimmick used by the company
, are drawn by Pete Hawley
. Why the editors decided to print the pinup facing the ad is unknown to me -- but I'm sure it helped Perfect Circle
sell piston rings.
Labels: 1940s, illustration, vintage ads, vintage advertising, vintage magazines, weird
How Much Is Your Spare Time Worth?
Sani-Flush Your Gunk Away
No White Spots On Your Scottie Dog
The Unknown Comic - Artist
From The Saturday Evening Post
, June 14, 1941, a full-page ad for Hotpoint electric refrigerators and ranges. The top portion features a comic, Just Around The Corner: Ed And Alice Open Up The Summer Cottage
, which extols the virtues of having appliances in your summer cottage "just like in town." So much for getting away from it all & roughing it.
And no one ever shows up to help me move.
Having a title seems to signify a series -- be it a regular comic series or an ad campaign -- but it's unsigned. The style is so familiar... Capp? Marge? I honestly don't know; neither does Google. If you do, please share.
Here's the bottom portion of the ad, in case that helps.
Labels: 1940s, appliances, cartooning, collecting, comics, illustration, vintage ads, vintage advertising
Modern Woman Monday: Bra Retardation Is Real People; The Figures Don't Lie
Oprah says eight out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra today
. Well, 50 years ago, 47 out of 100 women didn't wear the right fitting bra either.
I don't quite know how to do the math... that's 50+ years to add another 37 percent points, times two breasts -- carry the nipple... At this rate, we're gonna have to carry our nipples.
The bottom line is, ladies, we're not getting older & wiser; we're getting older & saggier.
See another Formfit ad
, likely from the 40's, boasting the same sad figures to boost lagging sales along with sagging boobs.
Labels: 1950s, fashion, history, Modern Woman Mondays, self-improvement, vintage ads, vintage advertising
Ladies Don't Argue With A Burglar