Wednesday, November 26, 2008

We've Always Hated Advertising

Here's an old ad (1956) caught hating on ads. From the copy: "You can also shut off long, annoying commercials while picture remains on screen!" Now we call that the mute button. And under the close-up of the "flash tuner" we find this reassuring note: "Absolutely harmless to humans." Sorry about your comatose dog and the boiled fish in the aquarium. And I count no less than 7 exclamation points in the copy.

Uncomfortable sackcloth chair sold separately.

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  • Wow. What would that $150 be today? I notice the woman's pants are back in, tragically.

    By Anonymous somesandwiches, at November 26, 2008 at 11:46 AM  

  • This development was soon followed by Barcaloungers, chip-n-dip bowls and Sansabelt slacks for the fatter-assed man.

    $150 today, compared with an era when "starter" homes (roughly cottages) sold for several thousand dollars might seem like a lot, but the other thing that's happened in the last half century is electronics have become much cheaper to manufacture. That's why you'd be crazy to pay $400 for a remote-controlled TV with a tube less than 27" diagonal.

    By Blogger warren, at November 26, 2008 at 1:29 PM  

  • $150 would be the monthly cable bill for everything, including Starz!

    By Blogger Make the logo bigger, at November 26, 2008 at 3:25 PM  

  • I just love that the TV shown in the add is called The Bismark.

    By Blogger jack fate, at November 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM  

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