Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ladies Home Journal, December 1968

It's time once again to explore the world of 1960's advertising and you know what that means?  Yep, sexism, poorly-thought-out food combinations and sculptured carpeting.  Breathe it in folks.  It always goes down smooth.

A Charlie Brown Christmas was making it's 3rd annual showing in 1968. Here in 2015, we just celebrated its 50th.

That's right, ladies.  If your man's a wuss, it's your own fault.

I thought the juxtaposition of these two ads was interesting.  Prim 1950's housewife meets mod and sexy '60's woman.

Seriously.  Would you be able to tell if that carpet was dirty anyway?

The sickening world of appliance bondage.

Don't ruffle the Neatniks.  You wouldn't like them when they're ruffled.

I can't imagine a 5-foot paper Santa lasted through the season.

Hot peaches and bacon?!  What will they think of next?!

Oh yeah...

I'm really glad they didn't take the anatomy part of this too far.

The yum-yum wreath.  Hang it on your front door and drive away unwanted holiday visitors.

Santa's predicament here could end badly.

"Guacamle-Ole!"?  More like "Guacamole - No way!"

The Hors d'oevres were an instant success.  The outfit was not.

Let's take a close-up look at some of this Helen Gallagher-Foster house joy.

I'm thinking no child will want this wild-eyed owl with the gaping maw as a friend at night or any time.

You could use this clown flashlight to scare away the wild-eyed owl with the gaping maw.

I actually found this Blinking Christmas Tree at a garage sale years ago. It still works.  Pretty good for 88 cents.

I don't find this ending realistic.


  1. Your right about the bad food stuffs. In what universe are hot cling peaches as good as bacon?

    1. You know how they say bacon makes everything better? I think we've found proof to the contrary here.

  2. I had the blinking Christmas tree growing up!! Man I wish I still had it. And I must know has anybody tried Hot DR. Pepper??? I hate warm soda so I wonder how this would taste.

    1. I've seen these ads over the years and have been tempted, but never tried. This may be the year.

  3. i'm nursing a cold/flu and coasting on nyquil, so this is right up my alley. first off, i'm really coveting the cast-iron dutch oven in that Kenmore ad. it looks like a Le Creuset Doufeu (http://www.lecreuset.com/cousances-doufeu-flame), as does her bean pot... unless they are Cousances, which would be even cooler.

    i have one of those Samsonite suitcases. they are awesome -- i think a gorilla really could jump up and down on it and it would be fine.

    hot peaches, hot dr. pepper? no thank you.

    that guacamole recipe actually seems pretty legit, although i don't know why they put diced onion in. i wouldn't mind it, though.

    i never understood the appeal of stuffed green peppers. i'm glad they fell out of favor.

    if i recall correctly, there's truth in that clown flashlight advertisement: it only worked when held about 6 inches from the wall.

    oh, aqua velva... if old spice can make a hip comeback, maybe you can too -- don't give up!

    1. >that guacamole recipe actually seems pretty legit
      I'm not a big fan of guacamole. I can take it or leave it.
      >i never understood the appeal of stuffed green peppers.
      My mom always made unstuffed peppers. Basically, tomato sauce with rice and green peppers cut up in it. Served over mashed potatoes. I used to love it.
      >that clown flashlight advertisement: it only worked when held about 6
      >inches from the wall.
      If you hold it 6 inches from yourself, it will steal your soul.
      >oh, aqua velva...
      Looking at that ad, all I could think of was the Valley Girl term "Aqua Velva Geek".


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