Posted by Rosepixie on June 25, 2010
This is a tricycle newspaper ad from sometime in the late 1800s.
I’m sorry it’s so tiny. The text reads:
Cripples, ladies and girls, if you want air or exercise, buy a Fairy Tricycle – foot or hand [unknown word].
Bicycles cheap for all.
What I found interesting about this ad was that it grouped cripples and women together. Now, thinking about what women at the time were wearing, they were pretty restricted, but women did ride bicycles at the time. Not only were “bloomers” invented to make it easier, but many women managed just fine in skirts.
Still, they weren’t really supposed to exert themselves, so this ad may have been partially suggesting that this tricycle was a way to get a bit of outside exercise with little actual exertion (after all, even a cripple could manage it just fine!).
Regardless, I think it’s still an interesting relic of an earlier time. Think about the fact that this ad came out the same time women were making some of the biggest strides in our history – getting degrees at universities for the first time, demanding voting rights and rights of ownership and inheritance, opening schools and banks without men to guide or oversee them or even just pretend to. It shows a pretty stark picture of the kind of thinking they were up against, doesn’t it? Because this ad didn’t come out of a vacuum (like the ads today don’t) and it’s way of thinking had to have been at least expected as the norm for it’s audience. How much more interesting is it, then, that the advances been made and fought for at that time were happening?
And how interesting it is to compare it to the views we see in today’s ads.
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Posted by Rosepixie on June 24, 2010
Today I have a commercial advertising the attractions of the city of Southlake, TX that I believe was made for the city’s marketing website.
Do you know what I took away from this video? That this city is weird and that they didn’t have enough footage. I swear that same shot of the little kid marveling at the fountain was in there multiple times. And it’s not even that great a shot (he’s cute, but what does it tell me about Southlake, really?).
I do have to admit, there’s a part of me that really wants to know why there are dachshund races being held. I mean, if you’ve ever met a real, live dachshund you know that their legs are very short (like, less than six inches high for a dog that’s typically about a foot and a half long not counting the tail). That’s not really a dog built for racing. They’re cute, but not speedsters. And why do they each need their own fenced in lane? Where there fights breaking out between the racers? That doesn’t really seem dachshund like either. Most of the ones I know will stand back and bark at you forever if they feel threatened, but if you get to close, they just back away and keep barking – actual contact is pretty much avoided.
Besides the strange dog races, I’m not quite sure what’s in Southlake that’s worth going there for. There are apparently hotels, which I guess is good, since I’d need some place to sleep, but they didn’t show any especially remarkable hotels. Beyond that, they showed a lot of retail stores that are basically everywhere else too. I mean, yeah, that was a nice looking Barnes and Noble, but there’s one of those in pretty much every decent sized town or city at this point and they’re all pretty much the same. That’s how chains work. Yeah, the employees can make a big difference in how a particular store is stocked or set up, but fundamentally the same displays appear in every store and the same large quantities of boring bestsellers appear in every store. So how is that a tourist draw?
Basically, I’m not sure how this video was really supposed to entice me to visit this place. Maybe find out when those races take place and stop by if I’m already in the area, but that’s about it. If they have better enticements for tourists, they need to show them, because chain stores, boring hotels and unspecified events isn’t really that exciting.
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Posted by Rosepixie on June 21, 2010
This is a trailer for the movie You Again.
This is one of those trailers that gives you a situation rather than a plot and you’re sort of left wondering if the whole movie is just the situation from the trailer drawn out longer or if there is actually more plot and for some reason we just aren’t getting shown what it is. The problem is that both types of movies exist and one type really works (the type with a plot) and the other usually doesn’t (the type that’s just a situation drawn out for an hour and a half). So how are we supposed to know from this trailer if the movie is of the first type, and thus more worth seeing?
Luckily for this particular movie, they had Betty White and while the people who made the trailer may not have made the most compelling trailer for the first two minutes and fifteen seconds or so, the last clip with her was brilliantly chosen. It stands on it’s own, is surprisingly funny and showcases a humor and actress that we haven’t seen throughout the rest of the trailer. She may not have completely saved this trailer or even made the nature of the movie any less confusing, but Betty White’s brief moment of humor at the end there made the movie more appealing and memorable and that just might be enough to get a few more people to see it than otherwise would have.
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Posted by Rosepixie on June 20, 2010
This is a current commercial for Friskies cat food. My husband and I saw it while watching a television show on Hulu and were both so baffled by it that we had to pause the show and go find the ad on YouTube and watch it again to see if we’d imagined how bizarre it was. We hadn’t.
Now that I’ve seen this ad a few times, I realize that it’s actually even stranger than I realized on that first viewing. I have no idea what the people at Friskies were thinking when they made this ad because this seriously seems to tell viewers that Friskies pet food is laced with LSD or some similar hallucinatory drug. If I had a cat who ate Friskies, I’d switch brands immediately.
The thing is, I’m pretty sure Friskies isn’t laced with LSD (or even with Cat Nip). It may not be the very best cat food out there, but I don’t think it’s the equivalent of feeding your cat street drugs either.
Still, the commercial shows one seriously messed up cat trip. It may look all cute, but think about this for a minute. What’s wrong with that cat? It’s in a happy fun world filled with it’s favorite food that are all just begging to be stalked and killed – frolicking cat-sized turkeys, ambling cat-size veal on four legs, dancing fish and chickens practically laying themselves out at the cat’s feet. But what does the cat do? I would have expected it to chase and probably eat the animals (they’re food, right?). That’s not what it does. It lazily strolls among them, almost like they’re it’s friends. It’s eerie. Cats don’t do that with prey. That’s not a cat who realizes it’s in kitty paradise – it’s a cat who’s so strung out that it no longer realizes there are tasty meals dancing around it just begging to be pounced on. That is not a healthy cat.
Friskies may have been trying to show a happy, wonderful human version of a happy cat, but anyone who actually has a cat will tell you that a real cat wouldn’t be happy like that. A real cat would go crazy in such a fantasy world where they couldn’t chase the prey that’s everywhere. And that’s why I have to stick with my original thought that I’d switch brands to something other than Friskies after seeing this, because Friskies clearly doesn’t know cats.
Besides, on the off chance the food is laced with LSD, I’d rather be safe than sorry.
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Posted by Rosepixie on June 18, 2010
This is an ad from 1979 for Oil of Olay facial cream.
Well, at least we know from this commercial that looking young and products that make impossible and fuzzy promises about helping you do so has been around for at least the past several decades. Which makes me sad.
When the guy shows up in this ad it suddenly reminded me very much of watching a cheesy soap opera. I’m not sure if it was because of the corny line, the over-the-top poses or the dripping-with-fake-emotion voice. Still, the comparison made me laugh.
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Posted by Rosepixie on June 16, 2010
This is a commercial for L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Anti-Aging Lipstick.
She really does claim that her whole face looks younger because of a lipstick. Seriously? Is this magic lipstick? Because I’m pretty sure your face looks flawless because you’re a supermodel and have an army of make-up artists and digital touch-up techs to make it look however you or L’Oreal want it to look.
And the explanation for how the lipstick works is pretty weak. It’s got some special stuff in the middle that’s supposed to plump and firm lips and is lusciously surrounded by color so bright you can’t tell how plump or firm the lips wearing the color really is in the first place. How that amounts to making your whole face look younger, I’m not sure.
Basically, this whole ad felt like a lot of smoke and mirrors and empty promises for women who have been taught that looking a day over eighteen is tantamount to being dead. I’m not impressed and found it annoying enough that it might come to mind next time I’m shopping and make me stay away from anything with L’Oreal on it.
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