Vintage gag ads


There's a proper treasure-trove of great old gag ads linked off this Vintage Ads group post, but get a load of that bow-tie (and get a load of that awesome type design and color scheme!)

A LAFF RIOT

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  1. The important question: are there any surviving examples of the tie being sold in this ad? I’m curious how miserable the product was compared to its description.

    I have this image of a couple car blinker bulbs being embedded in a tie, wired up with some old cloth insulated wire and one of those 6V lantern batteries on his belt to power it all. 

  2. What I’ve been waiting for.  At last, women will like me because of my light-up tie (since I have no other redeeming qualities) and I’ll finally be able to get one up on that bully who always kicks sand on me at the beach!  Lookout ladies!

    1. Wait, are you that 98-pound weakling I accidentally kicked sand on? I’m sorry about that, dude- I was wearing x-ray specs at the time and didn’t see where I was going.

      1. Yeah, it’s ok.  When I claim all those prizes from selling some shitty magazines, I’ll put studs all over my jean jacket with my Ronco Rhinestone & Stud Center™ and get my Mr. Microphone® plugged into my dune buggy and come back to pick the girls up later, THEN we’ll see who’s boss of the beach!

          1. Yeah, but other than him, we’ll see who’s boss of the beach!

            “That guy over there with Boss of the Beach on the front of his T-shirt?”

            Right, but other than Poseidon and that guy over there with Boss of the Beach on the front of his T-shirt, we’ll see who’s boss of the beach…

            “The lifeguards…?”

            OK, but other than Poseidon, that guy over there with Boss of the Beach on the front of his T-shirt, and the lifeguards, we’ll see who’s boss of the beach…

  3. Check out my recent painting inspired by a ‘Treasure Chest
    of Fun’ gags ad page from a 1965 Superman comic. You can see the painting at my
    website andrewhorne.ca

    I always desperately converted the “Full size Frankenstein
    Monster” but the astronomical amount of $1 US seemed so out of my reach to an
    Australian kid in the early 1970’s.

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