"The beginning of my interest in fragrance coincided more or less with a momentous year in perfumery: 1981.
It was in that first year of what would later be called the Big Eighties that a Beverly Hills boutique released an eponymous scent housed in a box with yellow stripes that evoked the store’s awning. Giorgio was an immediate and a ubiquitous smash, a powerhouse floral so outsized that restaurants were said to refuse seating to Giorgio-wearing patrons." The '80s ushered in a new era in perfumery. [more inside]
Envisioning the American Dream
is "a visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid-Century media" that discusses topics such as Man and Machines
, Vintage Advice for Cheaters
, and Suburbia for Sale
, amongst many others.
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]
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.
Don't judge a book by the ad on its cover. [Guardian.co.uk]
Chalk it up as another brilliant innovation – or a sign of the impending apocalypse – as China Daily reports that publishers are making space on the front covers of books for advertising
. Apparently the "first book to carry an advertisement" is an account of the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, written by his mother, which was published in March adorned with "the logo of a well-known Chinese textile manufacturer".
Just imagine! Coming Super-Attractions
features vintage DC comics in-house advertisements spanning the decades. Enjoy!
- "world's largest archive of classic print ads"
The Japanese Gallery of Psychiatric Art.
Images from Japanese psychiatric medication advertisements: 1956-2003 (via Absent without leave)
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"
Sex for Money, Money having Sex?
Ban on Russian ads depicting euro having sex with dollar. Immoral or are they just dancing?
The 118118 experience. [possibly nsfw]
Graphic Design from the 1920s and 1930s in Travel Ephemera
. Amazing collection of posters
, road maps
timetables, (more timetables here
), post cards
, luggage labels
(more labels here
and more. Seeing this stuff makes me wish I had been born seventy-five years earlier (and with an obscene amount of money.)
(Warning: the site is seriously painful to look at, but the content's good. Link via Coudal.)
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.
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?
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While I find our national addiction
a great deal of fun
and a personal necessity, I do start to wonder
Yahoo! Explorer ads
the wave of the future? (via RRE) Taking over your browsing in the name of advertising.