Deliciously Different

23 11 2007


Deliciously Different
1967 Cinzano advertisement
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Experience an exciting new taste from Cinzano, advertised in The Illustrated London News, Christmas Number 1967.

The unitards and hairdos in this advertisement are certainly “deliciously different.”

Check out a few other fabulous Cinzano ads:

For more vintage alcohol advertisements, visit the Beer and Booze: A Damn Fine Product pool…

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Caricatures, Covers & Cha-cha-cha

21 11 2007


Game & Gossip, May 1932
Illustration by Xavier Cugat
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

You may be familiar with the name Xavier Cugat as the “Rhumba King,” the Cuban-Catalan bandleader who was largely responsible for popularizing Latin American music in the United States. You may not be aware that Cugat was also a talented cartoonist (and even worked for the Los Angeles Times)!

Recently I came across some of his 1932 covers for Game & Gossip, and a fold-out with 74 caricatures of the most popular Hollywood celebrities of the time. These included such diverse characters as (see list and key) Will Rogers, Rudy Vallee, Mary Pickford, The Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin.

See more Game & Gossip illustrations, covers and advertisements

Read more about Xavier Cugat…





YOU Are in Demand if You Can Draw!

14 11 2007


YOU Are in Demand if You Can Draw!
Modern Romances, Nov. 1949.
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Make money with your brush and pen!

If you like to Draw, Sketch, or Paint, write for Talent Test. No Fee!

To read (and believe) these magazine advertisements, there is certainly no job more profitable than being an artist.

Tell it to my bank account, eh?

For more ephemera extolling the virtues of the artist’s life and work, see “So, you wanna be an artist?

See even more opportunities for rewarding employment in the Success By Mail flickr group…





Beware of Intimate Neglect

12 11 2007


Beware of Intimate Neglect
Lysol advertisement
Modern Romances, Nov. 1949
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Too Late to Cry Out in Anguish!
Beware the one intimate neglect that can engulf you in marital grief

Those of you who use Lysol disinfectant to clean germs in your bathroom, may be surprised to hear that Lysol was once marketed as a feminine hygiene product. According to Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America, before contraceptives were readily available, many advertisers took advantage of women’s fears by offering up feminine hygiene products that could kill off “germs” (a euphemism for sperm) while “safeguarding her daintiness” (battling odor).

A woman who used Lysol to insure her personal daintiness was sure to be sweet and fresh, charming, desirable and confident. However, dire consequences awaited the woman who failed to insure her personal cleanliness.

See more Lysol feminine hygiene ads…

Read more about Lysol and other early products used for contraception





Inside the Hottest Towns in the U.S.A.

5 11 2007


Inside the Hottest Towns in the U.S.A.
Inside Magazine, March 1958.
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

This itty bitty little magazine is sure to warm the heart (or elsewhere) of warm-blooded men everywhere (or at least it was intended to, back in the 50s). Men’s magazines sure have changed over the years. What is considered “Sensational” certainly has!

Check out some of the vintage advertisements for Stag movies, books, photos, viewers and other assorted attractions.

In case you are wondering, the “Hottest Towns” featured are: Miami (hot climate, hot times), Puerto Rico (seamen’s paradise), Los Angeles (stars, strippers, and sex), Havana (city of chips and chippies), New Orleans (the most wicked of them all), Baltimore (where statesmen stay), and New York (big city, big times).

The art director on this fine little publication is Jack Newman. Picture editor is Harold Asher. No illustrator names are mentioned. How scandalous! See more





Six-Shooter Edition

24 10 2007


Six-shooter Edition
Illustration by J. Frederick Smith
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Ride ’em cowboy! This little rascal is using his dad’s slippered foot for a horse, while his father perfects that perfectly cool, pipe-smoking 50s demeanor. Gotta love the story title they chose to feature under his chair.

The cover illustration was drawn by J. Frederick Smith, known for his steamy illustrations and photographs. (read his obituary)

See more J. Frederick Smith illustrations in Leif Peng’s flickr stream.

For more old-timey kids in western wear, see the Vintage Kids as Cowpokes flickr pool…