COOL MAGAZINE ADS from THE 1920s
a treasure trove of National Geographic
My grandma gave me a bunch of National
Geographic magazines from the 20s, and it was great to see all the old ads
inside of them. In order to appeal to the ever growing 80+ year old
segment of retroCRUSH's fan base, I thought it'd be fun to share some of them
with you. Each ad can be clicked to see a jumbo version, if you so desire.
Here's a fun one for ETHYL gas that preys
on the poor fathers that have children who are ashamed of their slow cars.
Notice on the little blurb to the right that it mentions Ethyl Gasoline is
colored with red dye. Weird, huh? Anyway, that kid looks pretty damn
pissed. Pop better listen, or else!
For all those times you drop your pens out
of airplanes and they stop working, AT LAST, a pen with enough quality to
withstand the strain! I guess dropping pens from planes was a popular
pastime in the 20s. My great grandfather was killed by an errant Mont
Blanc dropped by Amelia Earhart herself! That bitch got what she deserved!
"222 out of 325 Bankers..." doesn't quite
roll off your tongue as well as "4 out of 5 Dentists" does. It'd be cooler
if they had testimonials from the bankers that slashed their wrists with
Gillette blades after the stock market crash.
We own a home built in 1916, and it's still
full of toxic lead paint thanks to The National Lead Company. This Dutch
boy is smiling because not only does he get to be around lead paint all day, but
he'll be doing shots of liquid mercury with the boys at the paint factory when
the whistle blows!
Damn it! He let his life insurance
lapse, and he's SICK! I guess back then, medical care was so crappy you
were curtains if you ever fell ill.
I love these ads for Pepsodent. Long
before terms like "cavities" or "plaque" were used, they had to make do with the
terms of the day. Somehow, geting "pyorrhea" on your teeth, sounds pretty
revolting. Watch out for that deadly, "FILM"!
And finally, what better way to get rid of
those decay germs and film than by harnessing the power of a Prophylactic brand
toothbrush! Yep, after enjoying a nice long drag on a fag, what better way
to freshen your breath, than to brush your teeth with a hard and sturdy