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1985 Porsche 944 “Discipline” Ad

The 944 came at a time when Porsche was ready to explore new avenues. Porsche nearly scrapped the 911 several years later, in fact, intending for the V8-powered 928 to take its place as flagship. This car, though, was merely an expansion to the Porsche lineup. Its engine was at the front, and the more conventional setup along with a slightly simpler design meant the 944 was the day’s “affordable” 911 alternative.


Contessa 35 by fawst66

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<br />Source: National Geographic, Vol. 103, No. 3, March 1953

1962 Men’s Fashion Ad, Interwoven Socks, “The Crew-Saders” by Classic Film

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<br />Vintage men's fashion magazine advert, Interwoven Socks, 1962, &quot;The Crew-Saders&quot;

Playboy magazine, October 1962 - Vol. 9 No. 10

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1969 Fragrance Ad, Faberge Cologne Ice Sticks @ Bullock’s, Blonde Model Wearing Nothing but “Diamond Icicles” (2-page ad) by Classic Film

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<br />Vintage, two-page 1960s fragrance magazine advertisement, Faberge Cologne Ice Sticks @ Bullock's, advert features pretty, young blonde woman wearing nothing but &quot;diamond icicles,&quot; 1969

Tagline: “Hey, little girl, go to Bullock’s and get your Ice Sticks. Faberge freezes cologne on a stick.”

Portion of ad text: “Newest, nicest way to cool it. Four fresh frosty Faberge fragrances in a smashing big-little girl package. Iced cologne. Solid cologne. Glistens on and on. Melts at the touch of you, and such a lovely way to welcome summer in.”

Cologne ice stick fragrances include: Iced Aphrodisia, Iced Woodhue, Iced Tigress, and Iced Flambeau.

Published in Life magazine, August 1, 1969 - Vol. 67 No. 5

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Y&R Paris has created two striking graphics depicting the manufacture of two endangered species–the elephant and the whale–using a 3D printer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare(IFAW).

Aimed at targeting technology-savvy youths, the illustrations aim to drive home the message that not all things can be fixed by technology, and that nature is a miracle we cannot take for granted.


An ingenious ad for Black Sabbath’s comeback album, “13”, which is shown ‘emerging’ from layers of old posters. McCann dug their way through the many layers of flyposters that cover Copenhagen’s walls to create the installations and resurrect the legends.

Propaganda McCann Erickson, Copenhagen Via

19th Century Japanese Medical Woodblock Prints

Advertisement for Kinder-Puwder, King of Pediatric Drugs – Morikawa Chikashige, 1880

Ten realms within the body – Utagawa Kuniteru III, c. 1885.

Advertisement for pills to cure toxic illnesses such as syphilis and gonorrhea – Artist unknown, late 19th century.

Protective gods help good drugs fight evil disease – Utagawa Yoshikazu, 1858.

Hōsō-e talisman print to ward off smallpox – Artist unknown, c. 1849

Ad for drug to improve handwriting and reading skills – Utagawa Yoshitsuya, 1862

Foods that can be eaten by measles patients – Utagawa Yoshimori, 1860s

Pregnancy guide – Hamano Teisuke, 1880

Hōsō-e talisman print to ward off smallpox – Utagawa Toyohisa II, c. 1830

Defeating cholera – Kimura Takejiro, 1886 

Eye, ear, nose and hand – Ochiai Yoshiiku, c. 1865

Measles treatment – Ochiai Yoshiiku, 1862

Shinto god from Izumo province for preventing measles – Taiso Yoshitoshi, 1862

Illustrated guide to parental obligations – Utagawa Yoshitora, 1880

Illustrated account of cholera prevention – Taiso Yoshitoshi, 1877

Bodily functions personified as popular kabuki actors – Artist unknown, late 19th century

Methods for preventing measles – Utagawa Fusatane, 1858

Defeating measles (personified as a child) – Utagawa Yoshifuji, c. 1840

Hōsō-e talisman print to ward off smallpox – Utagawa Yoshitsuru, c. 1849


1985 Ad, Match Light Instant Lighting Charcoal by Classic Film

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<br />Tagline:

“What do you call charcoal that doesn’t need lighter fluid? Convenient.”

Published in TV Guide magazine, June 22-28, 1985, Vol. 33 No. 25

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