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Topic: Vintage

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

These 15 home-appliance ads never get old

These 15 great vintage appliance ads might as well be cave paintings now, but there's a timeless, neo-futuristic charm to post-war gadgetry that can't be ignored. It was also…

Not even sex could save these technologies

For a fun visit to the vaults, check out Brainz.org's compilation of 12 "Dead Technology" Advertisements. What's a little spooky is that if you're over 30, each of these…

Retro mashups apparently recession-proof

You would think an economic downturn would make people focus on the necessities in life. But why worry about food, shelter and savings when you can throw your money…

Lose weight (and dignity) with the Slim Suit

Ah, the Slim Suit. If you thought people were naive in believing they'd lose weight instantly by cutting back on carbs, you weren't around in the '80s, when people trusted…

Pet Rocks announce a 2009 comeback tour

Guess which 1970s fad items are back, with a promotional tie-in for Earth Week in April? No, not bongs. Those never went out of fashion, and have enjoyed Olympic-size…

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