Tuesday, November 30, 2010

on those days full of bad news and bumbling misadventures...

How a Gingerbread Man Relaxes

...sometimes you have to relax and let the cares of the world melt away.

Gingerbread man from Sittler's Home Baking, Conestogo, Ontario. Glass bowl from Libbey Factory Outlet, Toledo, Ohio. Milk from Tremblett's Valu-Mart, Toronto, Ontario, made foamy by a frother from IKEA. - JB

Monday, November 29, 2010

vintage woman's day ad of the day

Vintage Ad #1,248: It's Not The Amount of Eggs That Concerns Us About This Cake...

This may be the grossest depiction of cake frosting we have ever encountered in a family-friendly setting. That sweet talker Betty Crocker is going to have to prepare the greatest sales pitch of her life to convince us that the greyish goop isn't a secret storehouse of toxic chemicals erupting like lava from the cake, the remnants of someone's failed attempt to digest this dessert, or a leftover sample from a toy company's quest to create a new line of novelty fake doggie doo.

Considering that the ad boasts that the cake doesn't require icing, perhaps Betty purposely instructed the photographer or paste-up artist to present a slice with frosting in an unflattering light.

Source: Woman's Day, March 1950. - JB

Monday, November 15, 2010

point pelee

From circa 1978, an ad spotlighting the annual monarch butterfly migration through Point Pelee. Note slightly-creepy soundtrack that sounds vaguely like chirping wildlife. - JB

Thursday, November 04, 2010

pumpkin burlesque

Pumpkin Burlesque (1)

TORONTO: Residents of historic Cabbagetown had the rare opportunity to witness a performance by the Folies des Citrouilles on Sunday night. Presented at the corner of Sackville and Winchester, the show provided a enjoyable evening for afficianados of vegetable variety shows. The star attraction threw the troupe's two burlesque dancers in the spotlight, as they slinkily danced their way out of heavy-duty work clothes to the strains of "I've Got You Under My Skin." The evening also included the comedy stylings of Acorn & Squash, and a stirring rendition of "Follow the Drinking Gourd."- Warehouse News Service

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

do the oxydol sparkle dance!

Vintage Ad #1,241: The Oxydol Sparkle (1)

WARNING: Health authorities in your jurasdiction caution that prolonged exposure to "Oxydol sparkle" will cause extreme expansion of cranial and facial structures. Other side effects include paralysis of the facial muscles resulting in a permanent open smile and the mutation of the epidermis into tissue resembling a line drawing.

Source: The Telegram, June 24, 1947. - JB