Gelatin foodstuffs have a long culinary history. The ancient Egyptians made a gelatin-like substance from protein-rich animal materials
that they used in their cuisine
. It wasn't until the 17th century invention of pressure cooking devices
that the process of creating gelatin became significantly less labor and time intensive. The process was refined in the following decades, with the US inventor Peter Cooper filing the patent for Improvement in the preparation of portable gelatine
in 1845. He never made much of the patent, and sold it to Pearle B. Wait, who's wife, May Davis Wait, helped turn the gelatin into Jell-O, both naming the product and turning it into a sweet, fruit-flavored dessert. They, too, had no luck selling Jell-O, and sold the patent for $450 to Orator Francis Woodward, who struggled for a period, before turning to marketing to increase interest in the dessert
(NYT). By 1902, Jell-O was "America's Favorite Dessert," at least according to the advertisements.
And now you know the history of gelatin and Jello
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posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 2, 2014 -
"How do black women fight crime? They have abortions
." "How do you stop a poofter from drowning? You take your foot off his head
." These and other 'jokes' featured in an advertisement on The Gruen Transfer
, an Australian television program focusing on advertising. The ad, part of a segment called 'The Pitch' which usually produces humorous ads, was banned by the ABC, but the national broadcaster has still allowed it to be viewed online, and hundreds have now seen it. The ad was designed to sell "fat pride", with creator Adam Hunt explaining his motivation behind the ad being to say "if you discriminate against somebody on the basis of their shape then you are no different to someone who is racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic." Debate has raged online if the ad is offensive and discriminatory
, as the ABC has declared, and whether or not it was effective. Watch the ad and judge for yourself
posted by Effigy2000
on May 15, 2009 -
Ever secretly harbor a dream to create slick promos for pharmaceutical companies? Have at it, both in TV
form. (Via Adfreaks
posted by Weebot
on Aug 14, 2008 -
This Spanish commercial
for Madrid's Metro system uses a cool visual device, making the ground transparent and showing the view from the subway, like a glass bottom boat in reverse. note: link contains embedded wmv
posted by jonson
on Dec 15, 2005 -
Rabbit's animated journey
through the history of (mostly American) cinema is a wonderful cartoon and, unfortunately, an ad for Motorola
. Link goes to embedded quicktime, very slow loading.
posted by jonson
on Nov 29, 2005 -
is sponsoring a contest that challenges visitors to create video, print, or audio ads that "inspire people with an advertisement for freedom." How would you sell freedom?
posted by pjdoland
on Jan 28, 2003 -
Few Advertisers Use Pop-Ups (or do they?)
"Though they seem to be everywhere on the Internet, pop-up advertisements are used by less than 10 percent of all companies that advertise online, according to a report from Nielsen//NetRatings." Do you buy this? Is this industry propaganda or a true description of what is out there? The sites I visit regularly all seem to have pop-ups (e.g. nytimes, espn, slate, theatlantic.com). For the last 1 month or so, ESPN seems to launch two pop-ups when I first visit them, in fact. What has your experience been?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy
on Sep 16, 2002 -
was banned in the UK. Did anyone see it? Sounds cool to me. In a time when advertisers are struggling to capture people's attention and dull
advertising reigns supreme, why haven't we gotten over this fear of offending those with 'delicate' sensibilities?
posted by eas98
on Jun 6, 2002 -
I want my MTV.
There was a time when the only ads MTV showed were ads for the network itself. These are some of them. (from the U.K. so they might differ from the slate of ads run in the U.S.) Brings back many fond memories of the animated letters M, T, and V. (link courtesy of Saima)
Please proceed directly to "MTV used to show videos!" and then continue to more forced commiseration and remembrances of media conglomerate advertising as a substitute for a rich shared cultural heritage.
posted by anildash
on Apr 5, 2001 -