Category Archives: stupid ads

A vintage PSA just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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When Valentine’s Day promotions try a little too hard …

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Not the most reassuring supermarket typo …

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Now that’s a bargain!

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In honor of Black History Month, here is an incredibly dubious vintage use of Frederick Douglass as Hair Product Pitchman

Once upon a time, back in the 1970s, an advertising copywriter had a brilliant idea:  Let’s use famous former slave/abolitionist Frederick Douglass in an ad for Afro Sheen!  And the rest is history (which you can see below). (Note: In … Continue reading

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from the Truly Upsetting Vintage Advertising Bureau: It’s HAMMER time! Oh nooo!!!

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Meanwhile, in Japan …: Engrish of the day

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from the Products that Didn’t Catch On for Some Reason department

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Not your usual ad copy … from the Vintage Ad Agency

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Ad of the day: Well, it does make you look twice …

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Public Service Announcement of the (almost gone) Year: The horror, the horror!!

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The Christmas gift every woman wants … well, according this from the Vintage Ad Agency, that is

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The Best (which is to say weirdest) Japanese Commercials of 2015

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When holiday promotions don’t quite work: In this case, it stinks.

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Move over, Viagra!: Ad from the Vintage Products That Are No Longer Sold for Some Peculiar Reason That Escapes Us

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Do WHAT?!?

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from the “Is it real or is it Photoshop” department: the REAL Cheshire Cat

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from the Somewhat Worrisome Classified Ad department

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An ad that doesn’t quite work in modern times from the Vintage Ad Agency (or, “There’s a book about that?!?! Oh, wait …”)

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Disturbing classified ad of the day, or “Let them eat cake (to fatten them up)”

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Grievous grammar of the day

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Innovative (but risky) ways for newspapers to increase revenues

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When classified ads don’t quite work

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A (literal) blast from the past

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from the department of Nominative Determinism

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