I found a few hilarious sci-fi themed adds from the 60s which I had to share (well, the second might be somewhat later)….
That space suit makes her look like she has a strange neck disease...
Oh yes, friendly first contact will be achieved by sharing smokes...
no sophisticated car to home window delivery system?
Mankind must destroy ALL environments!
Sadly, we still have forklifts...
WOW -- they got the placement and the look of the screen DEAD on!
that robot is horrifying...
Anyone know of (or remember) any other sci-fi themed ads?
This great blog followed up on my challenge — check his sci-fi inspired ads out — The Cheap Science Fiction Book Covers Gallery: Pop Surrealism for just few bucks!
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I noticed that her hands remain exposed – to what is, no doubt, a hazardous atmosphere… especially those fingers… I am sure that with all of the household chems that we are dumping into the environment we too will wear such suits to do regular household cleaning with Lestoil!
I chuckled when I read the horribly sexist slogan — “Women of the future will make the moon a cleaner place to live.”
Yeah, not sure how the cigarette burns in space in the second one…
Clearly the alien has clorophyl in it’s skin, thus the green color. It is no doubt creating O2 through photosynthesis… and keeps the CO2 in its body, explaining the unusally puffy bloated body.
As for the first ad, I do wonder what it is on the moon, exactly, that the women are cleaning? I think it must be the gunk from underneath those enormous fingernails. Ah… thank god for the gender revolution….
Great observations! haha
That woman has strangely alien hands…
haha, these are great.
I desperately wish I could read the small print on the first ad…. Sadly, the image quality is quite poor, so I can’t zoom in and see it clearly…
My friend rooted up online an image for the first ad of the space suited lady with “Tomorrow’s Lestoil” WITH the original colors!!!!! take a peek!!!!
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Funny stuff! Here’s another sci-fi themed ad you might enjoy:
Rik: cool! Thanks!
I’ve added a sci-fi inspired Seagrams ad.
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Ocean floor FARMING!
Wow! What a collection! Loved the Ocean Farming, especially, since my next blog should be about the novel, “City Under the Sea,” where they do just that.
Oh my god.. the typist robot manages to be both sexist and scary! I love the artificial breasts and hair!
Some of the very first “robots” were made to look little black boys which did various household tasks (remember, this was back in the 30s)…. I’m not kidding! My colleague is writing a dissertation about Westinghouse robots at the moment.
Here’s a link to a great blog which discusses this robot…
You said you have that book:
Can you scan it for me, make a PDF out ? If not, do you want to sell it? THanks.
Have to admire her false eyelashes in the Lestoil one, and agree with Thomas that the Royal robot is both sexist and terrifying.
Interesting, isn’t it, that when man thought of the future, robots and underwater farming and rocket-inspired technology were easy to imagine, but that women might not be doing the cleaning and typing was clearly unthinkable…
Ela, well put…. At least the sci-fi written in the 50s and 60s does start to extrapolate potential different futures for women… I’m thinking of works liked The Mixed Men by A. E. Van Vogt.
I want to be able to visit my folks via the Sub Atlantic Metro System at their bio dome just a few miles off the coast of Labrador. I bet their seafood chowder would rule.
Lotus Watcher: hahahaha — I agree… That would be delightful.
Haha. I love the “we’ll farm the sea one”; humans are truly incorrigible sometimes. Though I like the optimism, it can’t be said we don’t dream big.
Akilah: The 50s were that strange decade where everyone thought that technology would solve everything…. I’m glad that blind optimism has settled somewhat…
Always fun to see what people think the future will be like. Its either a golden age or the apocalypse.
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Love these! I know times they are a-changing – but this trip down 50’s & 60’s ad-land gives an indication about just how much…
I actually posted the alien ad on Pinterest. I love any kind of pop culture taboo. Somehow social causes barnacle onto the most fleeting and superficial aspects of mass media and it cracks me up.
A disturbing aspect to note: the moon man is leaning in as if to spark his cig off the spaceman yet (the spaceman’s) helmet has no visible window of any kind. Given that upon finishing the first leg of a physically trying zero-grav mission who wouldn’t want to breathe in that alien air and light up a smooth, refreshing cigarette, this was obviously an oversight. Scientifically one would have removed his helmet so his vision wouldn’t be clouded in any way, you see. The ad agency obviously did not check the facts about the dangers of space travel in the 1970s.