Howdy 7Up!

I became interested in pop bottles (I grew up in the Chicago area where we all said “pop”) and related stuff when I was about 12 years old. I had gone inside an old garage that was attached to a …

Stop the Presses: More Ignorance and Stupidity in the World

This just in from The Jerusalem Post and the UK’s Daily Mail: ISTANBUL – A Turkish shampoo commercial featuring an enraged Adolf Hitler is a “huge insult to human rights” and should be withdrawn, leaders of the country’s Jewish community …

Advertising that Goes Hot and Cold

As long as advertising has existed, advertisers have looked for places to affix their advertisements. Bananas were the big thing in the 90s. Thermometers were the big thing in the 30s. It was one place, among many, that a prospective …

I Don't Have to Show You No Stinkin' Matches

Advertising designers seem to have had a lot more license to play like children back in the 1920s. These Belgian posters for the Union match manufacturer, show metamorphic matches at their finest and most absurd. The concept of creating flighty …

Mad Man: The Long Strange Tale of Kim Jong-Il's Advertising Career

On Saturday, December 17th 2011, traveling on his train, Kim Jong-il, president of North Korea and star of the advertising world died. Here are some highlights of his advertising career.   If you liked this Check out more of Mirko’s slideshows: These Boots …

Super Breast Cancer Ads

A new campaign encouraging women to check for breast cancer (and for men to be aware of this method) was recently created by DDB, Maputo, Mozambique. It is brilliant in taking the Super Hero genre to a new level. The …

Trick or Treat? Treat!

Happy Halloween. Let me show you the treat I got today. No tricks. Just treat, if you have a hankering for this kind of confection. It is the clip-binder/log that a design/ad agency (I’m not sure which) maintained throughout the …

Hey Stinky, You’re Too Fat, and Your Skin’s Bad Too!

American advertising did not invent body odor, foot rot, bad breath, dandruff, psoriasis, or even acne. These normal, yet annoying, biological occurrences  were around since humans emerged from the primordial ooze. Yet it was primordial ad men during the early …

Tucking You In With 12 Pullman Fact Booklets 1929-30

Before branding and marketing had all the options afforded the advertiser today, there was a substantial period when companies spent their time and money on offering up little giveaway goodies to the public. Without the web, television or even radio, …