9/24/15

Ads #77: 1955 Advertising


The commies are coming! The commies are coming!... to Canada?

Here are some advertisements taken from a Canadian magazine - Maclean's March 19, 1955.  Enjoy.





Before the days of the disposable Bic, lighters had class.


Surprisingly titillating for a midcentury water softener ad.


Car advertising today is so generic - I can't tell one car ad from another.  Old-school auto advertising had some genuine character.  I could look at them all day.


Is she stealing his crackers? I can't tell what's between the cracker sandwiches - the ad says they're covered in peanut butter and topped with icing... but what's that in between the layers? Meat?


#1 "Your mouth can't be truly clean unless it's rid of that mucus film that contains bacteria."  Gross.

#2 "Even after brushing your teeth you may have unpleasant breath due to fermenting food particles held in clinging mouth secretions." Yuck!


I can't put my finger on why, but I find this scene unsettling.


Ah, yes, the Dynaflow Drive - every car needs one, it's the thrill of the year..... (wait, what exactly is a Dynaflow Drive?)


The new Kotex Wondersoft Covering - the edges stay dry - can't chafe!
Also, pick up a couple Kotex belts - machine washable!


The Canadians have invented the ultimate in high-tech spun fabric - it's called XL4.  You'll laugh as cars spray you with mud.  Canada's XL4 is like a Jedi force field for your clothes. Available at good stores everywhere.


"Clover Leaf invites you to enjoy 'Meet Corliss Archer' on TV each week.  See your local newspaper for time and station."

I looked this up.  Apparently it was a popular radio show, which transitioned to television around this time.


Stay tuned for Part II; another round from this great magazine coming your way soon.

16 comments:

  1. It's a good thing the USA succeeded in taming those Canadian bumpkins!
    Yeah, I said it.

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    1. K Penche, those who live in glass countries shouldn't throw stones.
      - Vanessa

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    2. FYI We don't throw stones. We send drones. (AKA Freedom Rockets)

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  2. Car ads today all look the same because the cars all look the same! They can't even come up with cool names for cars anymore. The Nissan XV L506 vs. the Acura LG T950 S. Wow. Thrilling.

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  3. Today's cars rip off other cars. My 2007 Kia looks like they spliced together an Infiniti, a Honda Accord, and a Volkswagen Jetta. Pontiac was doomed when they went with these G-numbers (G5/G6/G8) instead of names. They sound more like an economic summit than a car.

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  4. It's delightful
    It's de-lovely
    It's DeSoto!
    That singing television commercial may have come along a year or two later than the model shown here.

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    1. And for the new car commercials...
      It's de-pressing

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  5. Even when today's cars have names, the names aren't always so great. Tundra (a frozen landscape), Sequoia (a giant tree), Armada (a fleet of ships).

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    1. And let us not forget the Mazda Scrum Wagon

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  6. You found the GWG ad "unsettling". Put your big boy pants on and get over it. They are doing nothing more than depicting a grandfather-like man spending quality time with his grandchildren. You are the one that has issues if you are seeing something sinister in that image.

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    1. You are clearly a humorless asshole. You must be a riot at parties.

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    2. Fer sure, Gil. Why is this dork even here?

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  7. BTW, a Dynaflow is a model of automatic transmission made by GM.

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  8. I think the GWG ad looks weird too. Grandpa and Susie have their hips cocked at the same odd angle, and they both have unnaturally long legs... Plus the overalls seem to fit them funny, like too tight and high in the crotch. Maybe I just have issues too, though.

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  9. The Canadian Pontiac used a Chevrolet chassis and powertrains

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  10. Dynaflow was a weird 2 speed automatic that was very spooky to drive....the engine speed was all over the place..it had a lot of slip, or torque multiplication, if you prefer. Briefly had a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass with this. Very disturbing for someonr who grew up with manual transmissions.

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