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Topic: Vintage

Missile Marketing: A Collection of Cold War Rocket Ads

Flying death machines were all the rage

U.S. military rockets aren't really the kind of thing you'd expect to be sold through advertising. (I mean, don't they really only have one buyer?) So it's worth taking a…

1951 Shoe Ad: 'Can't Tell Mothers From Daughters'

This was apparently flattering

Here's a nice find from Vintage Ads on Tumblr, harkening back to an age when the idea of mothers and daughters dressing alike wasn't a disturbing prospect for both parties.…

Twitter Feed Revives Odd Ads of Yesteryear

Quackery reigns in gems from U.K. archive

If you like odd bits of advertising ephemera, you'll probably enjoy a new Twitter feed called @AdsOfYore. Culled from the U.K.'s Birmingham Archives and Heritage, the account features real ad…

Patrick Swayze's 1979 PBR Ad, Like You've Never Seen It Before

An old classic in wonderful HD quality

Here's a really wonderful old Pabst Blue Ribbon commercial from 1979, featuring the late Patrick Swayze, then in his late 20s, hitting the dance floor with a pretty young thing—then…

Cruel Men and Hopeless Women of Old Coffee Ads

Wives brewed one crappy cup after another

The next time your spouse makes a bad cup of coffee, you have two options: Make another pot your damn self, or belittle your loved one as a worthless human…

1912 Titanic Ad Fail: Set Sail to Europe on a Big Ship Today!

Advertising fails are rampant online in 2011. But they've been around in old media since, well, pretty much forever. For example: The On & True blog brings us this image…

Godfather of Soup? James Brown Sold the Hell Out of Hot Noodles

When soup starts getting funky, pour it down the drain. We find an exception to that rule in these two 1992 Japanese spots starring James Brown. This double slice of…

Save Me From the Hulking, Virile Lee Jeans Lion Men of Yore

Tight slacks! Lion masks! Many's the night I've awakened in a sweat, barking those very words. My wife pretends she's asleep. Perhaps as a wee lad I was traumatized by…

First-Ever Barbie Spot From 1959 Is So Sweet and Innocent. Isn't It?

We've seen some crazy ads with Barbie (and Barbie-style) dolls lately—David Lynch's nutso coffee spot, and Wieden + Kennedy's Gaga-like dance number for Nokia. So, let's go back to basics…

RIP Randy Savage, Who Snapped Into Many a Slim Jim

Macho Man Randy Savage tragically died today in a single-vehicle accident in Florida, reportedly after suffering a heart attack. Savage, who was 58, followed his wrestling career with a successful…

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