Only In America!
By Ger Rijff / Bob Pakes
During the 50’s and 60’s, everything Europeans considered cool, came from the other side of the Atlantic: the music, the design, the comics, the cars, the movies, teen culture … the list just goes on and on! Here at Echoes, we have a soft spot for the weird, the wonderful, and the wacky side of vintage Americana. In this topic we’ll take a look at the funny and sometimes outrageous advertisements from these years. Buckle up and enjoy!
Scatter reads his master from The Book Of Wisdom:
“Quit this Hollywood monkey business, and get your ass back on that stage!”.
Doctors recommend Camel …
When wife-beating was still considered an art-form. Those were the days!
“Honey, I’m gonna take care of my gum now”.
“What?? This is your 12th time today …!”.
Can you imagine? Nowadays people are constantly being told they should lose weight.
Well, okay, we are an overweight society.
But in the 50’s the ideal girl wasn’t a skinny one at all. Be Glamorous, And Gain Weight!
How about this for a bleaching ad?
Hard to imagine this kind of stuff was accepted until only a few decades ago really …
What’s the deal with these devilish looking children in those 50’s food ads?
Scotch Tape, for multipurpose use!
“Won’t fall in eyes”. No, but your kid will cry all the way to the doctor once you’ve removed the tape of it’s forehead!
“You can even rig it up to ‘booby trap’ certain private places”.
“You can see people. They can’t see you!”.
“Think of how you can put it on and not be recognized”.
Imagine the kid walking around with this large red/white/blue eyecatcher on his head, and the rest of the neighborhood going: ‘Look, it’s that idiot Ricky again, wearing his invisible helmet …’.
“Carry it in your pocket. You can keep it in a shoe box”.
“Dress me up for any occasion. Just let your imagination go”.
“Your bound to find hundreds of exciting and unusual uses for me”.
More ONLY IN AMERICA! SOON!