Cory Doctorow at 6:01 am Wed, Nov 7, 2012
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Election night's over, and in the Vintage Ads group, spuzzlightyear's closed it off with ten magnificent political ads from times gone by. Here are a couple of my favourites.
various political ads....
I’m from rural Ontario and I have no idea what the hell that poster is talking about.
Looking on Wikipedia, it seems to be something during World War I about banning teaching in French in Ontario. I guess the slackers mentioned would be francophones in Ontario who wanted to learn in French rather than English.
I’m pretty certain that poster for Ontario farmers was about the Conscription Crisis of 1917, because that is the only time I’m aware Canada had a Unionist government. Also, Bourassa and most of Quebec were deeply opposed to conscription, and it puts the “Pro-German” charge in context.
I guess that first image’s layout was set with Ventura Publishing ver1.0. It DID have that weird hyphenation module…
I work in Lancaster, PA, and the prison here actually does look like a castle.. http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/lcprison/site/default.asp
Struck me as pretty odd the first time I saw it, especially since it’s right in the city.
Especially given that the prison in Lancaster, UK, actually was a castle until last year:
These are great. I was more likely to vote for the candidates in the old ads, than the new. I found this ad flyer from 1973 and it even came with a nice gift! They don’t do that anymore… shame.
Take a look:
Slackers, the bottom of society then and now. Poor slackers.
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