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80 years of Vintage Celebrity Ads • • •

It takes more than talent to have a long career in Hollywood, and our beloved stars of past and present have turned to many a lucrative endorsement deal to pump up their incomes and their images. Selling everything from fur coats to furniture to face cream, many of these ads have shaped our popular culture and influenced trends for decades. 

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Friday
May202011

Lustrous beauty Deborah Kerr loves Lustre Creme!

The refined red-head Deborah Kerr exuded elegance and deserved nothing but the best from her hair care regimen. Along with other starlets of her day, she reached for her Lustre Creme Shampoo when the urge to overshampoo struck... perhaps because it's "blessed with lanolin!" Blessed hair care products have always been hard to come by, you know.

For every woman who's been over-washing her hair... A shampoo so rich yo only need to 'lather once'! 

The 1957 'Never dries - it beautifies" ad is promoting her famous role in "An Affair to Remember" with Cary Grant where she wins him over with her manageable mane, no doubt.

Friday
May202011

Ed Sullivan knows smoking is scientifically sound. 

Oh Ed, being the greatest generation's tastemaker, you would've thought you knew better than this - smoking is not good for anyone... I don't care how cool you look, you stud, you. This 50sish Chesterfield Cigarette ad features Ed Sullivan smoking his little heart out. At least he's good at it after 22 years of practice. However, that's not the big news - breaking news - Chesterfield is the first to discover the following:

A medical specialist is making regular bi-monthly examinations of a group of people from various walks of life. 45 percent of this group have smoked Chesterfields for an average of over ten years.

After eight months, the medical specialist reports that he observed... no adverse effects on the nose, throat and sinuses of the group from smoking Chesterfield. Chesterfield - FIRST and only premium quality cigarette available in both regular and king-size.

Oh, well now that that's cleared up, I'm off to buy a carton of the "much milder" Chesterfields and I'm gonna get "satisfied - and how"! Just like Ed, just like Ed.

Friday
May202011

Six foot five inches of comfort - on an airline? Tell me it's true Tony Curtis!

As far as fantasies go, travelling like Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis in this 1958 TWA Airlines ad, is one of my biggest. I suppose back in the fifties, first class air travel was such a luxury that they afford to be generous with the space on the plane - hence the birth of the Siesta Sleeper Seat! 

Everywhere, air travelers are discovering the TWA Siesta Sleeper Seat - the biggest bargain in air travel today! You lie far back for sleep or siesta... with six feet, five inches of contour comfort. Or sit up and enjoy 30% more living space and privacy. Siesta sleeper Seats are available at regular First Class fare on all non-stop Jetstream flights coast to coast. Please reserve early - this giant seat is very popular and only TWA offers it!

No wonder they're no longer in business... the size of a modern airline seat is smaller than an unfolded magazine. I always loved it in old movies where everyone was smoking, walking around, drinking out of crystal glasses and lounging in luxury. Good times... no more TWA... now we just have the TSA. 

Friday
May202011

Chuck Norris' Action Jeans - Buns of steel for the man of action.

Chuck Norris put his unmatched prowess at life to work when he identified a need for comfortable, flexible denim slacks in the bad-guy-beat-down industry. These jeans were,

Developed by Chuck Norris for stunt fighting in action movies. These great looking western style jeans have a unique hidden gusset which allows greater movement without binding or riding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Well, well, I'd expect nothing less from Mr. Norris than action-packed perfection. Move over, pajama jeans, let's bring ass-kickin action jeans back, bitches! All that potential for only $24.99. I'll take that gamble, Chuck. Can I call ya Chuck? :-/

Friday
May202011

Catherine Deneuve & Chanel - 1970s perfection

Chanel No. 5 - 1978Chanel - 1979

Chanel • 1972

The gorgeous Catherine Deneuve sported her sultry sex appeal to shill a little stink-um for the ultimate luxury ladies' accessory, Chanel No. 5. Her relationship with the couture perfume spans the 70s decade and illustratse the timelessness of her beauty. I bet she smells good too!

So when you look as good as Ms. Deneuve, I suppose there's no need to write any witty, clever or evocative copy to sell the stuff. Classic sells itself, folks.

On another note - how exactly do you say "You smell fantastic, beautiful" in french? And exactly where are the men that say that anyway?

Chanel No. 5 • 1972 Chanel No. 5 • 1973

Chanel - 1975Chanel - 1977

Friday
Apr292011

Oh the irony.... Signed, a Mac snob for life.

It's no wonder wunderkid Bill Gates grew up to be one of the most successful men on the planet - he

Sunday
Apr032011

Patti Page... what a piston... er, I mean pistol!

Page-ing all drivers!

Perky Patti Page teamed up with AC Spark Plugs in 1958 in this campy cartoon ad. 

When you replace spark plugs, ask for AC... Used on more new cars than any other brand!

Well, that about sums it up. This must have been done during the Patti Page Oldsmobile Show Special that was presented in 1958. That's the only tie in I can imagine - otherwise this is more than a little random. Regardless, I'm sure she brought some much needed glamour to the spark plug industry. Sparky the stallion looks impressed!

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