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Topic: Vintage

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…

P&G Selling Tide, Bounce, Downy in Funky Retro Packaging

In the latest bit of nostalgia-themed marketing, Procter & Gamble is selling limited-edition, retro-packaged Tide, Bounce, and Downy at Target stores this month. There's no real reason—it's just the cool…

10 Anti-Drug Ads That Make You Want to Take Drugs

There's so much anti-drug advertising out there. And so much of it, in so many ways, actually makes people want to take drugs. Not all such efforts are ineffectual, but…

Old Star Wars Commercials Sold Everything Under the Sun

People who complain about the relentless consumerism of today's media franchises should consider the amount of crap Star Wars produced, back in a supposedly simpler time. Just check out BuzzFeed's…

21 Ads That (Almost) Make You Miss the '80s

Grating jingles, DayGlo wardrobes, shrill child actors, cheesy dance montages. If you wanted annoying, you could find it in the TV-commercial breaks of the 1980s. But today, 21 years removed…

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