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 -
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 -
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 -
Dude, You're Under Arrest
Ben "Dell Dude" Curtis, was arrested in New York last night on charges of criminal possession of marijuana. Thanks to The Smoking Gun we now have something to make us laugh on a Monday.
posted by mkelley
on Feb 10, 2003 -
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 -
So Exactly Why Doesn't Nicole Kidman Want This Commercial To Be Shown In The U.S.?
Here in Portugal, for instance, you can't blink without seeing the ruddy thing. Movie stars increasingly have a very profitable but extremely embarrassing advertising life which they're understandbly keen to keep secret from the American market. Wonderful websites like Japander
(do check out Jodie Foster's endorsements of the Honda Civic Ferio and Keri Cosmetics, won't you?
) conspire to keep them deservedly humble. So why does
this double standard exist? Do these movie stars really think that globalization (not to mention the Internet) is just a myth?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Oct 5, 2002 -
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 -
Steven. Steven. Steven.
I can't get enough of this incredibly-cute-but-I-don't-normally-go-for-such-obvious-twinkiness pitchperson for Dell Computers. Apparently, neither can anyone else, as Steven (or more properly, actor Ben Curtis
) has been Dell's most successful advertising, uh, tool ever. Why do we love him? His Bill'n'Ted vocabulary? His toothy grin? Whatever the reason, at least now I no longer have to glue myself to the television to watch his latest commercial overandoverandoverand
Dude, I'll get a Dell if you deliver it to me personally. So to speak. Is it wrong to love a fictional character so much? Is there a support group? Any other MeFites have a strange attraction going on here? I can't be the only one, can I?
posted by WolfDaddy
on Jul 9, 2002 -
I've been using Kazaa
for about a year, but yesterday it spewed out a 30 second audio advertisement for a casino that you couldn't stop, and couldn't get rid of. Quite apart from getting me in deep piles of poo with my boss, surely this is going too far? Audio adverts you can't do anything about - maybe it is time to move on
posted by wibbler
on May 14, 2002 -
More on the bad ads
that seem to be going around the web. This time, I went to see what was on tv, and a Six Feet Under ad took over the entire screen. Talk about not being able to use the website.
posted by thebwit
on Mar 3, 2002 -