Monday, February 11, 2008

And think of the plane as her womb.

(click ad to read copy)
Oedipussy. Creepy American Airlines ad from 1968 when your Mom was hot. When "business class" was chain-smoking men with their pants unbuckled, and flight attendants were sashaying short-skirted stewardesses. When the hardcore hooch flowed non-stop and ass-pinching was the service bell. That was flying "The American Way." You say, 'thank goodness we've come so far vis-a-vis airline advertising.' I say, HAVE WE? (image via, thanks again to Loren Bolstridge for the tip) related: Delta. Playa.; Delta makes "Brazilian" joke; Continental: taglines are DUMB.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please return your penis to its upright position.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Andy Bosselman said...

That's the first time I've seen the pre-Vignelli AA logo.

5:19 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Jesus Andy, you logo NERD, this post is all about skin-crawling perviness!
I'm kidding. Logo discussions always (NERD!) welcome.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She loves to schtup and it shows.

7:00 PM  
Blogger LisaBinDaCity said...

I remember those campaigns. Ugh. They still make my skin crawl!

8:11 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

"Oedipussy." Genius! One vaguely vulgar word = more awesome than in that whole ad.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Craig McNamara said...

It's not really fair to judge old ads by today's cultural standards -- both the airline industry and the culture were a lot different 40 years ago. They are a fascinating window into the era, though (just as a lot of today's ads are destined to become). There's another '60s ad that plays off a different social trend on my blog. Look for the Burroughs computer ad at

1:49 AM  
Blogger A.K. said...

My mom's a flight attendant...and the woman in this ad kind of looks like her. Ewwww.

7:21 AM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Thanks for the insightful wisdom, craig mcnamara.

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much better those days.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christie Turlington's mother

4:00 PM  
Blogger Stirge said...

A.K., can you introduce me to your mom??

11:58 AM  
Anonymous BT said...

i like the chair.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MARS ATTACKS!!!!11!!!!!

12:31 PM  

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