Vintage Ads 1950s – No Wonder Women Burned Their Bras

I was looking at design styles of vintage ads when I came across these gems.

It’s been said that advertising is a window into a society’s culture. If these ads are an indication of North American culture in the 1950s, then it is no wonder that Women’s Lib took hold in the 60s and 70s, and that bra burning became a favourite past time of feminists. Not to mention the outrageous uses for various products!

Vintage ad 1950s

Thank goodness we have Tim Hortons now.

Vintage 1950s ad #1

Lysol as a douch & birth control. Seriously?

Vintage 1950s ad #2

If Santa brings me a Hoover I’ll stop believing!

Vintage 1950s ad #3

Did people really believe it was OK to feed their babies 7 Up?

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Look Out Clios – Here Come the Facebook Studio Awards

Many agencies live and die by the awards they win for their creative. Judged by people who work in the advertising, marketing communications and digital worlds, some favoured awards competitions are:

Now we have the Facebook Studio Awards .  Anyone, not just those who work in the industry, may vote. OK, so it’s not as glamorous or prestigious as the others and it’s Facebook centric. Still, I like that we commoners can have a say about what is the best.

How Facebook Studio Works
Recently launched by Facebook, Facebook Studio lets agencies enter their campaigns to the Gallery. Friends, family and groupies Like the campaigns. If your campaign receives enough Likes, it may advance to what Facebook terms the Spotlight.

The Spotlight is  work voted “the best” by Facebook viewers based on the number of Likes it receives. Once in the Spotlight, your campaign is eligible for the Facebook Award. As an added bonus, your agency is listed in the Agency Directory.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better
At this point the big guys, like BMW, Coke and their agencies, dominate the entries. I say, if you have a small agency, don’t let this stop you from entering. You may find yourself with a winning Facebook Studio award.

When you enter don’t forget to tell your friends!

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“We write ADS or people die! It’s that simple!”

And now for some advertising agency humour ….

If you’ve ever worked in an advertising agency,  you know the friction that can exist between the “Suits” (account people) and the “Creatives” (art directors and writers). If you’re a fan of the TV show, Mad Men, then sometimes you’ll see this power struggle in action. This hilarious video says it all.