The Atari 800 was released in 1979. I wish I'd bought one at the time because apparently it will never become obsolete.
In 1994, Ikea ran this television commercial in major East Coast US markets. (Interestingly, the commercial's art director was Patrick O'Neill who went on to be Chief Creative Officer at everyone's favorite Silicon Valley start-up disaster Theranos!)
From a 1994 article in the Los Angeles Times:
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A few East Coast Ikea stores have been targeted by angry protesters who have jammed phone lines since last week. One store in Hicksville, N.Y., was briefly evacuated last week after a bomb scare. No bomb was found.
At issue is the homosexual relationship between the two men in the Ikea ad, who talk about how buying the dining room table together shows their commitment to each other. If it becomes clear to other major marketers that Ikea's business is not harmed--and perhaps even helped--by the ad, it could profoundly affect the way major advertisers speak to gays and lesbians.
Here are soccer legend Pelé, comedy actor Don Knotts, and since-disgraced baseball hit king Pete Rose pitching the Atari Video Computer System in 1978. "Don't just watch television tonight - play it!" Read the rest
Every Sith Lord has his price.
This surreal advertisement for corn from 1964 is reportedly the USSR's first TV commercial.
Over at r/ObscureMedia, amer_amer kindly offers this translation:
If you would like to be healthy, fed for a hundred years, ask with a kind word at restaurants and cafeterias (and) recieve dinner wait, sit down, don't rush wait... (and) recieve dinner. Chef: where are you from? Corn: (unintelligible)... We were grown in azerbaijan, in a southern warm country, in the virgin lands of kasakhstan. Chef: understood. so what do you want? Corn: we want to get on the menu. Chef: i'm sorry, and i'm not kicking you out, but i'm not changing the menu. (The dishes start sliding) And the salads, and the soups, and (dishes) made from maize groats, and with sugar: porridge, pudding and cakes, and appetizers and garnish. Peace for all (i think). What a dish, absolutely spectacular! Every day will be prepared! Chef: and let me tell you something, all these dished can be made easily by any hostess (as in housewife).
The U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority has banned winemaker Premier Estates' "Taste the Bush" advertisement, created by agency Saatchi Masius. According to the government agency, the phrase is understood "to be a reference to oral sex, particularly given that it was accompanied with the image of the wine glass positioned directly in front of the woman's crotch" and that the "ad presented the woman in a degrading manner."
Of course, the value of the ad's earned media, aka free publicity, has far exceeded anything Premier Estates could have paid for.
Yes, advertisements on websites are annoying at best, but they're also a large and important part of how websites make money so that they can keep providing you with sweet, sweet content. So what's an ethical person who desperately wants to install an ad blocker supposed to do?
Fortunately, Darius Kazemi of the creative tech cooperative Feel Train has a solution.
"The Ethical Ad Blocker is a Chrome extension that, when it detects advertising on a website, blocks the entire website," writes Kazemi. This way, the user doesn't experience ads, but they also don't leech free content. Everybody wins. Download it today!" Read the rest
Japanese tire dealer Autoway released this commercial to scare you into remembering the importance of good traction. I think that's the point anyway. Read the rest
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Fifty years of weather have worn it down, but this image depicts the first advertisement visible from space, the Readymix logo. KFC tried to claim in 2006 that their one square mile Colonel Sanders portrait in Nevada was the "world's first brand visible from outer space", but the bloggers at Google Sightseeing dispelled that myth. NPR has a slideshow of "astrotisements" from the Google Sightseeing site. "What On Earth? Art And Ads That Can Be Seen From Space" Read the rest