Monday, June 13, 2011

One of the most insane ads I've ever seen (from 1951).

(click ad, via) Collies ≠ Cauliflower = buy Ethyl gasoline. That's it. That is the apparent logic used in this puppy from a 1951 Life magazine. Maybe it's an ill-aimed swipe at corn alcohol gas? Or, more likely, maybe the ad creatives were huffing some of their client's supremely evil product? Those illustrations, yikes.
Previous insane vintage ads:
• Insane 1919 French laxative ad.
suffocate babies with Cellophane®!
• the child-porniest chocolate milk ad ever.
• Man murders son-in-law over Arrow shirts.
•Buy Old Golds or we'll hang this Dachshund.
• and six bizarre Tokyo subway safety posters.


Blogger Eric the Fruit Bat said...

The Googles indicates there is (or was) a rock band called "Pumping Ethyl."

That must derive from the old joke, but hey, why not?

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that's an ad for ethanol in gas - I think it's for tetra-ethyl lead which was added to gasoline years ago to reduce knocking (and which is also the lead in "leaded gasoline" that was banned a few years back).

10:23 AM  

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