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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I see it is a case of directional issues, are they coming or going. Besides the constipation they are directionally challenged. notice the caboose is not on the tracks. 

I know where I have been, I know where I am at, I am hopeful I know where I am going.(The devil and God are talking it over).

Nairb Rekab posted:

Drop that caboose on the tracks and watch the short hit the man!

That would be another way to end his constipation worries!

"Maybe someday, you'll be an Engineer for the Santa Fe!" - in a note to me sent with a P.R. package from the Santa Fe railroad.

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?

Rick

PRRT&HS #8473

N&W HS  #5825

State College, PA

"And the sons of Pullman Porters, and the sons of Engineers

   Ride their father's magic carpet made of steel"

    "This train got the disappearing railroad blues"

 

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.

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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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.

That 8048 was very cool stuff back in the day for those of us just getting into computers and wanting to control things.  It was a great learning platform.   Their own press release in 1977 even mentions controlling model trains....

Check it out, and check out the other funny ads they had for it on the page as well

IMSAI 8048

 

 

Music, trains, boneless chicken farming
David

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

 

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 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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