Carrier Access Codes
are a largely dated*, though still functional service to select your long-distance telephone carrier per phone call. In the United States
, these "dial-around codes
" reached a (commercial) peak in the late 1990s, as seen with ads featuring such semi-notables as Marla Gibbs, Christine Taylor and Reginald VelJohnson
, Harry Anderson
, John Lithgow
, Tony Danza
, Doug Flutie
, and even Alf and some well-known friends
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 29, 2014 -
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
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 2, 2014 -
In 2003, Abercrombie and Fitch approached Slovene philosopher and culture critic Slavoj Žižek to write ad copy. The results were odd.
posted by Rinku
on Mar 17, 2013 -
Ephemeral New York
'chronicles an ever-changing, constantly reinvented city through photos, newspaper archives, and other scraps and artifacts that have been edged into New York’s collective remainder bin.' [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Oct 11, 2012 -
, a German-style lager, has been brewed just outside the capital of Independent Samoa since 1978. There are two versions to choose from, the normal 4.9% strength
and the the export-only 6.7%
. But, unless you're somewhere near Samoa, you probably won't be able to find it. So, enjoy the commercials, instead! [more inside]
posted by barnacles
on Aug 7, 2012 -
Up There (Vimeo).
Ever seen those hand-painted high-rise advertisements, and wondered at the people behind them? This 12min documentary is a fascinating glimpse into the work of the painters, where apprentices spend years learning from their teachers before being allowed to paint.
posted by Petrot
on Jun 1, 2012 -
is the newest of Duke University's digitized advertising archives (see previously
). Unlike the earlier sites, devoted to print advertising, AdViews is all about American TV commercials--several thousand of them, to be exact, from the agency Benton & Bowles (later D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles). Viewing the commercials requires ITunes. [more inside]
posted by thomas j wise
on May 25, 2010 -
Sex sells PEZ.
A visual survey of the "PEZgirl," as used in PEZ advertising. Slightly NSFW, as one image at the bottom of the page shows bare breasts. That's right, PEZ ran topless advertisements. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise
on Dec 10, 2009 -
In a series of sixteen advertisements screened in Japan, Tommy Lee Jones plays extraterrestrial 'Alien Jones', who has taken the form of a man to check on the world of humans, all the while drinking a Japanese brand of coffee named BOSS
. I have no idea how Tommy Lee Jones got talked into doing these advertisements, or why. And after watching them for yourself (1
), you probably won't either.
posted by Effigy2000
on Nov 23, 2008 -
Duke University has three image collections of old U.S. and Canadian advertisements. Ad*Access
a database of over 7000 print ads from 1911 to 1956. Emergence of Advertising in America
has 9000 images of ads from 1850-1920. Medicine and Madison Avenue
has 600 medical ads and documents from 1911 to 1958. You can browse the collections by product, company, subject, year and categories or you can use the search function. Here are some of my favorites: Miss Clairol
, They're Both in the Swim Today
, Fancy Goods and Toy Bazaar
, Sky Blue Pink
, SAS Makes Airline History
, A Montgomery Ward Hat that Becomes Nearly Every Woman
, Radiant Peony
and Hitler's Death Warrant
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 14, 2008 -
Back in the day when... Mens fashion wasn't cutting it, modern Kiwi males welcomed in Stubbies
... Depth charges
were the best because you always soaked Teresa McKee...You were there, and so was L & P
. World famous in new Zealand since ages ago.
posted by clearly
on May 27, 2007 -
Kruschen Salts and Camus' Stranger:
"A bit later, for want of anything better to do, I (Mersault) picked up an old newspaper that was lying on the floor and read it. There was an advertisement of Kruschen Salts
and I cut it out and pasted it into an album where I keep things that amuse me in the papers."
Dave Till has collected some other advertisements
that Meursault might like.
posted by eighth_excerpt
on Feb 20, 2006 -
Which came first, the Stella Artois or the Ostrich? Does this makes sense after
I drink a few Stellas?
posted by spicynuts
on Jun 30, 2005 -
The London Underground is home to some of the most interesting, weird
and fun adverts, which have been tailored to the fact that they have huge posters that passengers are often looking at for minutes at a time while waiting. In Copywriting goes Underground, they challenged ad agencies to write an ad which had at least 50 words in it. Some are crap, but some are pretty innovative - check them out
posted by adrianhon
on Jun 21, 2005 -
are commericals shot by people who hope that they'll be considered for shooting real commercials. Because they are vying for attention, some of them can be pretty outrageous
. This site allows you to rank them ala hotornot mode.
My personal favorite
pertains to that "make a wish" ritual around blowing out birthday candles.
What are your favorites? (Spots themselves are Quicktime links)
posted by jasper411
on Aug 10, 2004 -
Joshua Green wrote
an interesting and insightful piece regarding the current state of political advertisements. Here
is an example of an ad by a media consultant he refers to, based in Pittsburgh. Another spin
here. I've often wondered why they're so predictable. The Atlantic gives us a glimpse into poly. ad history and, quite possibly, its future.
posted by BlueTrain
on Jul 6, 2004 -
Google To Start Selling Banner Adverts
From the that-didn't-take-too-long-department, Google's ad sales VP Tim Armstrong says Google will now start selling graphical banner adverts. One concession to their old mores is that, for now, the banner adverts will only appear on affiliated websites running their AdSense
referral program (as does MeFi), and there is an opt-out. However... "We have no plans to show images on Google.com"
, said Mr. Armstrong "but we are not opposed to it"
posted by meehawl
on May 12, 2004 -