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Advertising with children – a forgotten art?

Posted in Style & Travel, and Things We Love

My very first series of jobs was in advertising – first as an accounts clerk, then receptionist, through a couple of secretary roles and finally junior copywriter. I wasn’t very good as a ‘creative’, should have been an accounts manager – but was lucky enough to have been employed by a guy who needed someone to write body copy under his headlines. Which allowed me to stash away enough money to finance my move to England in 1985.  The first love of my life was a commercials director, I lived in London with a very successful copywriter, and my youngest brother, Chris, is a hardworking adman. Though his life is less martinis on Madison Avenue, more practicing of the dark arts; as he works on a branch of the business that is prohibited, by law, from doing any actual advertising.

These days children are protected in advertising – with good reason, there are monsters out there who may prey on them. Not on some of these kids though, they are positively demonic. And some of the ads, well – they almost beggar description. But they brightened up a dull day – and I dedicate them to all the Mad Men I have known.

The devil is in the buffet.

Fledgling serial killers.

Killing baby

They’re bringing sexy back …

Catch them young, teach them right.

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  1. Just left my mum’s house and she has several vintage ads framed in her kitchen, including one for oatmeal. The artwork is always interesting, but a bit creepy as well. I can’t help but look at them and to read the claims of the various foods and “tonics.” Always amusing.

    December 1, 2013
  2. Jen

    Awesome. I love vintage ads

    November 30, 2013
  3. These are hilarious – in a chilling way! And your comments hit the spot…I’ve started my day with a smile, so thank you for that.

    November 30, 2013
  4. I should not have looked at these right before going to bed, I should not….

    November 30, 2013

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