Archive for the ‘Classic Advertising’ Category

Here we have a fabulous ad from the Chicago Tribune, 25 Oct. 1891, featuring Laloo Laloo – the “living boy and a half” who had “2 Bodies with 1 Head” and was, thankfully for Laloo (I guess), “alive.”

Ah, Kohl & Middleton’s…the great Chicago ‘curiosity’ museum…


Additionally, just as a little note, Jack Goldie – a blackface comedian – was apparently graced with the appallingly wonderful nickname “The Dark Spasm of Joy.”

Please start calling me that.  I’ll pay you money.

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Jesus….thanks, Uncle Cowboy-guy.

I didn’t even see it coming.

happy hat

Happy hat.

angry hat

Angry hat…

cracker hotel

Pure cross marketing genius!

There’s certainly no jarring transition from “glorious edifice” to “package of crackers.”

None at all.


And finally…

pimple blood

Is it just me, or does this ad make it sound like one is either supposed to A) drink fresh blood, or B) change one’s blood regularly like motor oil?

Whichever is the case, I’m all for it.

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Kill Rats

Good sir, I would like to kill 400 rats in a very painful way while only spending $1.50.

Well then, my fine young fellow, have I got the electic-paste for you…

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highway robbery

One dollar was a hell of a lot of money back then.  Especially just to have her tell you the name of your future wife and your own name!  (In case you’ve forgotten, I suppose.)

I wonder who Madame Prewster was…  She must’ve been good for these prices.

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We love you, Orson

Watch Orson Welles try to film a champagne ad while completely drunk.

And enjoy.

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Mental powers were more developed in 1922, I guess.

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