Tag Archives: Advertising

Eddie’s Tea Chronicles: Vintage Tea Ads, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: “Vintage” is really superfluous: there’s no doubt these are from a very, very different era.    

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Quote Du Jour: On the French Sidewalk Café

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It would be hard to imagine a more recognizable third place than a French bistro. Traditional third places tend to have physical features that unmistakably indicate what they are — these are sometimes called signal fittings. Thus, … Continue reading

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Ads Everywhere 6

Paleo Retiree writes: That’s an ad on the plastic credit-card style room key we’re using at a Tucson hotel. In addition to being a little insulting, the visuals make the key hard to read where its main function goes: I … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Fun keeping track of body language, both in real life and in the media. Gestures and postures really do change over time. Think, for instance, of all the ways people have of interacting with their smartphones. We … Continue reading

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In the Mail

Paleo Retiree writes: Thanks for keeping it discreet, guys.

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Tropes of Popular Culture: Candles, Women and Bathtime

Paleo Retiree writes: I often marvel at the way certain situations, characters and setups establish themselves so thoroughly that they become part of our shared cultural landscape. Think of how often we’ve watched shiny new cars zooming across the Great … Continue reading

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Sexy Ad Campaign Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Thanks to Diesel for this very hot set of posters I ran across the other day: Suicide Girls goes Bollywood on a Harley is my best stab at describing the feel of the concept. Can you do … Continue reading

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Ads Everywhere: A Continuing Series

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I was just at Ticketmaster buying tickets for an event when the inevitable CAPTCHA gatekeeper popped up. I was surprised to see this: America: We never let an opportunity pass to sell you something or hawk crappy … Continue reading

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More Ads Everywhere

Paleo Retiree writes: That’s a snapshot of a departure/arrival screen in a California airport. How do you feel about the fact that an ad is taking up the right-hand quarter of the screen? A few days before flying to California … Continue reading

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The Glamour of Farming

Blowhard, Esq. writes: During this year’s Super Bowl, only one ad caught my attention. Take a look:

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