Tagged: advert

No More Drunkenness, 1909

This is a kind of anti-Rohypnol advert from 1909. It’s a product that you surreptitiously slip into the unaware’s drink in order to sober them up. “No More Drunkenness” is promised with “the Great...

Stale Foot Acid, 1939

It feels like there’s always something new to be body-conscious about. A new zone that hair should be entirely removed from or else some hidden part of the body that now, apparently, should be bleached. Of...

The Ovaltine Egg Farm, 1930

Until I saw this advert, I didn’t realise that eggs used to be a vital component of Ovaltine. They even had their own egg farm next to their original factory in the UK, based...

Bovril, 1926

Like some kind of beef-based electricity, Bovril puts BEEF into you. If anyone can tell me what “The Body-building power of Bovril has been proved by independent scientific investigation to be 10 to 20...

Fels-Naptha Soap Advert, 1903

A 1903 advert for Fels-Naptha, a laundry soap. This is a nicely poetic demonstration of how text-based graphic design could be used to grab attention in a newspaper advert.

Women’s Facial Hair Removal, 1914

A lovely little advert from 1914 for women’s facial hair removal. The “Ejecthair” system makes big promises – “It not only causes the hairs to instantly vanish, but without pain or harm kills the...