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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

'Toy Story 3' bear gets fake '80s commercial

Pixar has made the jarringly accurate fake commercial below, purportedly from 1983, for Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, one of the toys that appears in the upcoming Toy Story 3. The attention…

April 29, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

Obama advisers mix up their aftershave ads

"You could see it in their faces," he said. "It was kind of like that Old Spice ad where the guy smacked himself on the cheeks and said, 'Wow, that…

March 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

10 best celebrity computer ads of the 1980s

When geek-culture blog Topless Robot dug up the Prime Computer ads above, from 1980, featuring Tom Baker's classic incarnation of Dr. Who (and his equally classic sidekick, Lalla Ward as…

November 23, 2009, 5:06 PM EST

Sea-Monkeys are back, just as weird as ever

Apparently believing no generation should be denied the joys of brine shrimp, Transcience and marketing shop Gertrude Inc. are reintroducing Sea-Monkeys, those "instant pets" first marketed back in 1957.…

August 21, 2009, 9:02 AM EDT

Jackson hair-on-fire footage finally unveiled

Video footage of one of advertising's seminal moments has finally been leaked 25 years later—that of Michael Jackson's hair catching on fire, due to mistimed pyrotechnics, at a 1984…

July 16, 2009, 10:18 AM EDT

A little ultraviolence improves any coffee ad

Boing Boing linked to a series of old, excessively violent Wilkins Coffee commercials created by Jim Henson way back in 1957. The spots depict two characters, Wilkins and Wontkins. Wontkins…

June 18, 2009, 9:01 AM EDT

Tetris: five cheesy ads to celebrate 25 years

It's been 25 years since Alexey Pajitnov, then a 29-year-old artificial intelligence researcher, came up with Tetris while working at the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow. "A quarter of…

June 2, 2009, 2:22 PM EDT

Pepsi Throwback ads resurrect 1970s relics

Here are nine new 15-second spots from TBWA\Chiat\Day that Pepsi unveiled today to promote Pepsi Throwback, its nostalgia beverage featuring '70s product packaging and, to my personal delight, real sugar…

May 18, 2009, 1:03 PM EDT