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1974 fire-safety PSA: the creepiest ad ever?

Here's some seriously freaky stuff: a 1974 horror-movie-ish fire-safety PSA from England called "Searchers," by director John Krish. The spot is collected on a new DVD called Stop! Look! Listen!…

November 29, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

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 commercial breaks of the 1980s. But today, 21…

November 22, 2010, 8:55 AM EST

You can't beat your Johnson, says '70s spot

If you thought "Chevy runs deep" sounded suggestive, you should try this '70s spot for Johnson outboard motors on for size. They just keep saying it. A line like "You,…

November 4, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

Don't smoke, you dirty, lazy, disgusting fool

I say, old bean, adjust your monocle toward this corking anti-tobacco billboard from 1915. Erected in Zion, Ill., it puts even the bluntest "Truth" ads to shame by questioning…

October 1, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

Rich Wanket isn't jerking around in realty ad

This realtor ad from Rich Will Wanket (his real name—you can check his birth certificate) looks pretty old. But it's unlikely it's been surpassed in the intervening years by…

September 30, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

Fake retro-Japanese ad sells 'Star Wars' toy

Lovers of old commercials will enjoy this brand-new yet impressively retro-Japanese-style spot for the 2-foot-tall collectible Star Wars figure Stormtrooper Super Shogun. Resplendent with laser blasts, sparkler effects and…

September 16, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

Social-media sites get vintage ad treatment

You've gotta love these vintage-style ads for social-media sites, such as "Twitter: The sublime, mighty community with just 140 letters!" Check out four full-size executions here. While it might…

August 9, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

Mello Yello quite happy to be a '70s burnout

Dusting off an old—pardon me, retro—logo is a popular answer to sagging brand recognition, but can it work if the brand has all but fallen off the face of…

June 14, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

Vintage ads capture VCRs in all their glory

Remember when VCRs were the centerpiece of home-theater technology? Of course not, because the continents hadn't broken apart yet. Good thing we can learn about those primitive times with…

June 9, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

Orson Welles drunk in commercial outtakes

Here's some amusingly awkward footage of Orson Welles on the set of a commercial for Paul Masson wines. If nothing else, you can't fault him for not doing extensive…

May 28, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT