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I belong to an online group to which people post examples of creepy vintage advertising.  Some of it is quite amusing.

I thought people on this forum might get a charge out of one that was posted today.  

Or maybe you won't.  

Steven J. Serenska

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The full ad can be seen here:

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Well based on reading this entire string I think the poster met his objective of creating a little humor this string is funny as can be. Everyone posting made a great positive comment on achieving the goal of the ad and curing the problem, had me in tears it is all so funny. GREAT JOB Guys. The really funny part is how many of us really remember seeing the original ad in the fifites.  Now for the 64 dollar question where was this add posted, what magazine?

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RJT posted:

Well based on reading this entire string I think the poster met his objective of creating a little humor this string is funny as can be. Everyone posting made a great positive comment on achieving the goal of the ad and curing the problem, had me inters it is all so funny. GREAT JOB Guys. The really funny part is how many of us really remember seeing the original ad in the fifites.  Now for the 64 dollar question where was this add posted, what magizane?

"Psychology Today" ?

Well, I made a couple of blowups of the original ad as well as the doctored-up Lionel ad version. These will be nice additions to the train room.  

I wonder if that proud mother/wife ever considered that the family constipation problem might have something to do with her cooking?  

It's interesting to think of the societal changes that have occurred since the time that ad was run. Smiling fathers and sons on the floor playing with trains was a common vision of calm and order in a home, promoted by countless Lionel ads back in those days illustrating the same vision. Fathers and sons playing with trains in a home, like a family sitting around the radio listening together in earlier times, for example, was looked upon as an entirely usual and normal thing, and evidence of family health and well-being. Nowadays such a picture, particularly with a laxative ad, would be looked upon as a real oddity. The connection would be completely lost.

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Ok, guys, updating my own post with a new ad from the same online group.  This time, it's the 70s and the subject is trains run by COMPUTERS:

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The picture provokes many questions:

  1. Why does the kid have a garden hose in the kitchen?

  2. What exact command did the director scream before taking this shot (e.g., "Everyone!  Quick!  Make the stupidest face possible!")

  3. Why did "Mr. Computer Know It all" (presumably the father) need to disassemble the phone to run a Marx train?

  4. Why does the mother have an entire ham in a bowl?

Have at it, guys.

Steven J. Serenska

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Serenska posted:

Ok, guys, updating my own post with a new ad from the same online group.  This time, it's the 70s and the subject is trains run by COMPUTERS:

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people sitting

The picture provokes many questions:

  1. Why does the kid have a garden hose in the kitchen?

  2. What exact command did the director scream before taking this shot (e.g., "Everyone!  Quick!  Make the stupidest face possible!")

  3. Why did "Mr. Computer Know It all" (presumably the father) need to disassemble the phone to run a Marx train?

  4. Why does the mother have an entire ham in a bowl?

Have at it, guys.

Steven J. Serenska

3: lol, maybe he was using CO trunk power to run the train or his PCB?

Ottawa_Marc posted:
Serenska posted:

Ok, guys, updating my own post with a new ad from the same online group.  This time, it's the 70s and the subject is trains run by COMPUTERS:

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people sitting

The picture provokes many questions:

  1. Why does the kid have a garden hose in the kitchen?

  2. What exact command did the director scream before taking this shot (e.g., "Everyone!  Quick!  Make the stupidest face possible!")

  3. Why did "Mr. Computer Know It all" (presumably the father) need to disassemble the phone to run a Marx train?

  4. Why does the mother have an entire ham in a bowl?

Have at it, guys.

Steven J. Serenska

3: lol, maybe he was using CO trunk power to run the train or his PCB?

And I may have just given myself away as a nerd.

Serenska posted:

Ok, guys, updating my own post with a new ad from the same online group.  This time, it's the 70s and the subject is trains run by COMPUTERS:

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people sitting

The picture provokes many questions:

  1. Why does the kid have a garden hose in the kitchen?
    Obviously being sent out to water the lawn while dad plays with the train
  2. What exact command did the director scream before taking this shot (e.g., "Everyone!  Quick!  Make the stupidest face possible!")
    "Everybody act normal..."
  3. Why did "Mr. Computer Know It all" (presumably the father) need to disassemble the phone to run a Marx train?
    And you thought controlling a train with a phone was something new....
  4. Why does the mother have an entire ham in a bowl?
    Why not???

Notice grandma's got her hand on the thermostat so they won't be cooling the whole neighborhood....

Rusty

Have at it, guys.

Steven J. Serenska

 

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cuz its a roast, not sure why that is in a bowl either. My uncle worked for the phone company,

kept bringing home 24 gauge wire to run the trains with. Not good. And that looks like a whole

roll of phone company solder by the guys right hand. Have been using the same roll for almost

30 years. Is this the advent of smart home technology?

 Make perfect sense

The phone is disasssembled to look for a whistle relay replacement.

Engine are "head" to "head"....with portholes

The caboose is off track so someone can use the "head" without bracing from movement against the wall.

The news stand is for "library reading".... and emergency "paper" if they run out.

Creepy to me is Skittlespox 

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