Friday, July 24, 2009


You can have a welcome rest from my pedestrian prose as I post some more retro pics from my collection.
(click to enlarge)

Yesterday the deejay on local Rock Radio said - 'School holidays eh? I can't think of a better advert for contraception'.

Well he obviously hadn't seen this one.


The family below obviously doesn't own a television set.

Cutex must be trying to scare women into buying their lipsticks.


Do you think this could be the young James Dyson?

Or did he steal his invention from Mr Lewyt?


And finally the good news is .... 'Super summer dresses for under £1.50.'

But the bad news is - it's an advert for Woolworth.




Blogger Dave said...

What a happy family (albeit colour-blind) portrayed in advert 2.

7:30 am  
Blogger zIggI said...

Do you really hate Dyson? Why?

8:05 am  
Blogger Rog said...

Do you think he's got a sucking force?

8:14 am  
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8:14 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Does that remind you of your own life as a child?

Because his face always takes up 90% of his adverts.
And putting together the bits of his machine is like a being on the Kryptin factor.

Probably - he's certainly a shoddy bagger.

8:38 am  
Blogger Dave said...

We had a B&W television. I was amazed, later in life, to discover the world is in colour.

8:45 am  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

I don't think I'd want to catch anything from the blokes in the Woolworths ad. They look like spare BeeGees.

8:48 am  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

Robert Opie collection eat your heart out! Great ads Kaz - they don't make 'em like that any more.

Wouldn't wear one of those dresses if you paid me though - at least as bad as Primark.

9:18 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Please assure me that the lady on the right in the cutex picture has here elbow protruding. Difficult to think what else it might be.

9:48 am  
Blogger Steve said...

"Ski look family knitwear"? Eh?

I don't recall seeing Eddie the Eagle in that get-up.

10:26 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Especially the snooker.

The BeeGees certainly need a spare.
I shall tell them tonight as they are just down the road !

The Opie ones are a bit British and safe aren't they?
OOh - there's no pleasing some people. Go on - get back to Harvey Nicks then.

OH Dear
I think that's exactly what you think it is.
It's the hairy hand above that belongs to the woman who is using Cutex nail polish.

I don't think he was part of a supportive,caring (and of course tasteful) family.

10:36 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

the Lewyt looks like my Henry! I swear by Henry - not very aesthetically pleasing, but hardworking and reliable. . .

. . .if only he were a man


11:33 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

I thought I'd got away from that Dyson man when we replaced our Dyson vac with a Heavy Henry. Then we got those bleeding Airblades installed at work.

Oh, you're so strong and forceful, Mr Dyson! You blow as hard as you suck!

1:38 pm  
Blogger xl said...

I like the living room in the second pix. Except for the conversation pit ... I would fall into that.

2:21 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I've always fancied a Henry.
Hardwearing, reliable - and I think he looks lovely....
... they must be out there somewhere.

I wanted a Henry but was talked into a Dyson by friends who already had one. I've often noticed how people won't admit their mistakes and want you to suffer too.
I didn't know about those Airblades - Pfft - I would rather use the seat of my trizers.

'Conversation pit'? I don't think we use that term in UK.
It sounds hazardous - but this family is obviously teetotal which will reduce the risk.
Hence the knitting and stamp collecting.

3:13 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I use Cutex nail polish remover. It's fairly good.

3:46 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

I misread that Cutex ad as “Colors by Kotex!”

4:40 pm  
Blogger Kerrie said...

On the Henry versus Dyson debate I have had both and would always recommend a Henry. He sucks up all sorts of things the Dyson won't.
When I used to work in a restaurant a long time ago we used to suck cutlery up the Henry when we couldn't be bothered to pick it up.
( It's probably not designed for this).
also if that's a knitting pattern at the top can I have it when you finished?

7:15 pm  
Blogger savannah said...

i got stuck at the pj family! i could never (and still don't) understand how anyone could do that sort of thing to their own family! xoxox

7:32 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

My grandma once knitted me a swimming costume. Wore it once and never again.

7:53 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Don't get it on your polyester suit (ducks to avoid missile from Denmark) as it can dissolve those synthetic fibres.

One of the colo(u)rs in the ad is 'Stark Raving Pink' - which is a polite way of saying PMT.

I worked in a restaurant too - no Henry but we had exactly the same attitude.
I'd finished with knitting patterns at the age of 9 when I completed an egg cosy with great difficulty.
Anyway - if you had some 'ski-look' sleepwear, you'd only cut the sleeves out!

It's their way of saying 'I leurve yoo all' ...isn't it?

Oh NO - I'm surprised you didn't sink.
Can you publish the photos on your blog please?

9:56 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Excuse me, what?

When would that ever be an issue dearest?

11:03 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

So you like polyester.
Sorry - my mistake.

12:11 pm  
Blogger Tom said...

Love advert two.... thats one scary family... there were 5 kids in my family... and the colours we had back then were many.... many shades of grey... You really do have a fantastic collection of pictures such as this...

12:26 pm  
Blogger Donn said...

I am stealing #2 for my homepage..luv it!

Where did we go wrong?
Now-a-days those teenagers would be in their room, she'd be on Facebook, he'd be on YouPorn, and the Dude on guitar would be checking out his band's site on MySpace.

The little girl drinking milk at the bar would be on Hannah Montana's website and the little boy playing games at PBSkids.

Mom would be Googling recipes for Spanish Fly Pie and Dad would pretend to be working from home while he was emailing his mistress.

Damn computers!

2:53 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

Just a minute! Just a minute! Can we go back a bit?

The world is in colour???

6:43 pm  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

I am haunted by these images. I am now glad that our family was too poor to afford these 'high fashion' items and instead adopted the 'make do and mend' approach. I need a lie down in a darkened room now.

6:53 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

Did a lot of people have a craving to wear ski apparel in bed in the 1960's then? If so, why no ski's? Did they dream of going off piste?

9:04 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Grey, navy blue and bottle green - and that was our underwear.

Feel free!
Thanks for your perceptive analysis of the scene.
Thank the lord for computers - those children have been saved from the horrors of stamp collecting and knitting.
But what's the little boy doing?

Yes dear.
I'm about to get out my best Lakeland coloured pencils and enhance that avatar of yours.

Oh dear - it looks like I've over stimulated your rods and cones.
I should wear the little black dress tonight if I were you.

You'd need to be piste to have all those kids.
Not that I'd know....would I?

10:43 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Something must have gone wrong in the translation. Babelfish?

I thought you were insinuating I wear synthetic fibres

11:54 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Ja, men Det var ikke mit alvor.

9:47 am  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Jeg er meget imponeret

12:49 pm  
Blogger Emerson Marks said...

that ski look family sleepwear is mega. It's like a football kit of the future.

9:06 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

We shall stick with natural fibres from now on.

Sort of Man United meets Starship Enterprise.

8:12 am  
Blogger Istvanski said...

...and where exactly are Woolies now?
They're back in business online?!?
As long as they leave that floral crap to Laura Ashley they'll be fine second time around.

3:05 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Woolies on line?
News to me.
That's the second time you've told me something new. You also told me that Jacko was dead.

8:45 pm  
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8:58 pm  
Blogger dh said...

Very nice. But the valuable advice for British girls going abroad this summer seems a little out of date. It should be watch out for handsome older men in Speedos.

8:59 pm  
Blogger tony said...

I Always Thought Dyson Was A Bit Of A Sucker....

9:09 pm  
Blogger BEAST said...

I WANT those pyjamas
and Nothing sucks like and electrolux

9:14 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

You mean like that sexy beast Ray Winstone?

No we were the suckers for letting him separate us from our money.

Don't forget to order some for Ma and Pa Beasty as well.
'Nothing sucks like and electrolux' - I wonder if Don Draper thought of that one?

8:18 am  
Blogger dh said...

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12:45 am  
Blogger dh said...

Ray who? Oh, you mean the famous Dick Headley impersonator.

12:52 am  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Right you are Kaz

6:02 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Dick and Ray - have you ever seen them in the same room at the same time?

Right I am indeed.

8:07 am  
Blogger Eric said...

The pajamas are reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss illustration...

10:53 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hi Eric.
I must check that out.

8:36 pm  
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