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Topic: Vintage

Whoa, This Weird Retro Ad Imagines Birdman as a Real Action Figure Best Picture winner gets its second wind

Last fall, Fox Searchlight gave away limited-edition Birdman action figures as part of its marketing for the movie. Now, the Best Picture Oscar winner is reopening in cinemas—and getting a…

February 25, 2015, 10:02 AM EST

Brands Turn Back the Clock and Show Us the World #IfThe80sNeverStopped And it's actually kind of rad

The 1980s were a special decade. Disco was experiencing its death rattle; Ronald Reagan was the president for almost the entire span; cellphones were as big as bricks; and fashion,…

February 20, 2015, 10:50 AM EST

Gatorade Digitally Remastered 'Be Like Mike' After 23 Years, and Damn Does It Hold Up Classic spot looks like new

For those of us who've spent too many hours digging through YouTube trying to find good-looking versions of classic ads, this is quite a treat: As part of its 50th…

February 12, 2015, 11:16 AM EST

Kids on Vine Are Weirdly Obsessed With Spoofing 'I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up' Mrs. Fletcher would be proud

If the true measure of an ad's popularity is the afterlife it enjoys through parody and satire, then this 1989 LifeCall ad—featuring Mrs. Fletcher and her infamous line, "I've fallen…

July 31, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

Wieden + Kennedy Finds Its First Ads Ever, Made for Nike, on Dusty Old Tapes Client's first national broadcast work had been lost for decades

Nike running: So easy, a caveman can do it? Wieden + Kennedy made quite the discovery earlier this month. The agency says it's "pretty damn pumped" to have finally found the…

March 25, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

Girl From Famous 1981 Lego Ad Has a Few Things to Say About Today's Gendered Toys Meet Rachel Giordano (again)

We often wonder: Who do the kids in our favorite ads become when they grow up? Well, Lori Day, founder of the Brave Girls Alliance, snagged an interview with the…

February 18, 2014, 2:44 PM EST

If Instagram Had Been Around in the '80s, Your Bad Photos Would Have Looked Even Worse Mock vintage ad

If Instagram had been invented in the 1980s, your digital photos would have already been pixelated messes stored on cassettes or floppy disks. To see them, you would have had to…

February 7, 2014, 9:12 AM EST

Feel Like a Long, Strange Trip Through '80s Design? This Is the Tumblr for You With your host, James White

The pop-culture aesthetic of the 1980s can be a hard thing to appreciate. But Canadian graphic artist James White makes a pretty compelling effort with Uzicopter, his Tumblr of Reagan-era…

October 22, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the History of the Trapper Keeper That beloved old school pal

Mental Floss put up an interesting article about the history of the Trapper Keeper, which is right up there with Lisa Frank stickers in terms of potent nostalgia catnip for…

September 25, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

Healthy Kids Feast on Unhealthy Foods in Vintage Back-to-School Ads A simpler time

In the spirit of back to school, let's fatten up our kids and send them into anaphylactic shock! Seems that wasn't much of an issue in the '50s, when fall…

August 26, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

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