M.Leddy + advertising   169

A fleeting reference in Zippy. What is it? I had to find out.
advertising  comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
23 days ago by M.Leddy
“Catch” of a Lifetime
A full-page Mirado advertisement, 1956.
advertising  pencils 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Down-to-earth food”
“Everybody Who’s Been to the Moon Is Eating Stouffer’s.”
advertising  space 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Unanswered questions
Those commercials for Amazon Web Services (AWS) — they’re sad.
advertising  Amazon 
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Kinja Deals ad fail
“Why, thank you, Uncle Ned. Thank you, Aunt Jean. You’ve gifted me with the perfect tool for — for — cleaning an AR-15??”
october 2019 by M.Leddy
Zippy Psyche
The symbol of White Rock soda.
advertising  comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
Crossover candidate
“Hey, you’re that guy!” ”The thousand-dollar-a-month guy!”
advertising  politics  television 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
File between Breakfast and Dinner, also made with Pepperidge Farm White Bread. A 1966 ad.
advertising  dowdyworld  food 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
The Tallest Clarence Infiniti
How strange to hear a commercial for the Infiniti QX50 with music that evokes Clarence “Tom” Ashley’s “Coo Coo Bird,” recorded in 1929. The music in the commercial? “It Will Follow the Rain,” by The Tallest Man on Earth.
advertising  music 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
The Left Banke for Coke
The Left Banke did a Left Banke-ish commercial for Coca-Cola.
advertising  music 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Jackie Wilson and milk
It’s nice to hear a few seconds of Jackie Wilson on TV, even if it’s in a milk commercial.
advertising  music  television 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Joe Namath on TV
I’m not sure which scenario is worse to contemplate: that Joe Namath needs these benefits, or that he’s willing to say that he does to make some money. O television!
advertising  television 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Kids ’n’ coffee. A repurposed Ovaltine advertisement.
advertising  dowdyworld  coffee 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Nancy, spokestoon
Nancy, for Nabisco Shredded Wheat.
advertising  comics  Nancy 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Nambian Covfefe
An image out of Spiritus Mundi.
advertising  coffee  politics 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Dream commercial
In last night’s sleep, a commercial for The Tonight Show.
advertising  television  usage 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Flying high on Dextrose
An advertisement from Boys’ Life, January 1937.
advertising  dowdyworld 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Junk mail
A piece of junk mail arrived in the box this morning, from a sender “Named a World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute.” The who?
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Berlin poster
A 1927 poster for the film “Berlin: Symphony of a Great City.”
advertising  art  film 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Mongol Profile
Spoof of a 1988 Dewar’s ad with Henry Threadgill.
advertising  jazz  music 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Whither instant?
The past and future of instant coffee, with a 1972 advertisement.
advertising  coffee 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Speak, Emenee
Do you remember this commercial?
advertising  childhood  music  television 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Crafting nonsense
“Crafting Truth to Power” is a most unseemly motto for a brewery, or for any business.
january 2017 by M.Leddy
The vitamin and mineral supplement Airborne is “crafted.” In fact (or in adspeak), it’s “specially crafted.”
advertising  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
||: ALL-ONE! :||
The evolution of the Dr. Bronner label from 1973 to 2015.
advertising  design 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Bertolli’s flare
Fancy commercial, but they still need someone who knows the difference between “flare” and “flair .”
advertising  misspelling  spelling 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Les Waas (1921–2016)
The creator of the Mister Softee jingle.
advertising  dowdyworld 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
A Merriam-Webster advertisement
I like the idea of a hat-holding man asking a librarian, and a college president, and a newspaper editor, and a bookseller for dictionary advice.
advertising  dictionary 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
“The Power of the Printed Word,” now with Garrison Keillor’s advice on how to write a personal letter.
advertising  how-to  paper  print  writing 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Gevalia coffee, unbalanced?
Does Gevalia believe its House Blend to be less than perfectly balanced? Slightly askew? Off its foundation?
advertising  coffee 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
The Oysterette man
“When the N. B. C. let me go,” he told me, “I didn’t know what to think. I thought I had a job for life. But what are you gonna do?”
advertising  dowdyworld  food 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
Still life with coffee and laundry
Old ads on brick: America’s Cup Coffee, White Front Auto Laundry.
advertising  art 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Elsie de Nord
In Ada, “a vulgar literary demimondaine.”
advertising  Nabokov 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Lands’ End, angling for (so-called) millennials.
advertising  culture  race 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Lands’ End: The White Album
The Lands’ End catalogue may never have been a great document of the variousness of Americans, but its recent incarnations appear to have taken a sharp turn for the white.
advertising  culture  race 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
Big fish, little fish
A 1977 advertisement for sardines.
advertising  food  sardines 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
Dressing for school
Another search for homework: five sentences about dressing.
advertising  sentences 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
VW punctuation
Fun with punctuation in three advertisements for the Volkswagen Passat.
advertising  punctuation 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
Burt Shavitz (1935–2015)
The Burt behind — or at a distance from — Burt’s Bees.
advertising  materialculture 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Lucky Lulu
A label for Lucky Lulu Frozen Perfume, as seen at the Chicago Cultural Center.
advertising  art 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
A day at the museums
DuSable, Art Institute, Chicago Cultural Center, Art Institute.
advertising  art  jazz  music 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
The Hammacher Schlemmer crazy making hyphen shortage problem.
The catalogue’s cover announces “America’s Longest Running Catalog.” Yet the catalogue is not devoted to running gear. Nor is it especially long — only eighty pages. Do you see trouble ahead?
advertising  punctuation 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
Dead Writers Perfume®
“The Dead Writers Perfume® blend evokes the feeling of sitting in an old library chair paging through yellowed copies of Hemingway, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, Poe, and more.”
advertising  writing 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
Amieux-Freres sardines
“Our motto is like our name: Always the best.”
advertising  art  sardines 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Some like it hot
One poem, two faucets (hot and cold), three “everyday Americans” (as we are now known), three smartly dressed sophisticates, five recipes. An old liverwurst ad.
advertising  dowdyworld  food  liverwurst 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Artisan, no
Indiscriminate and cynical use has made artisan and artisanal into worsened words.
advertising  words 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
Henry Threadgill and Dewar’s
A 1988 ad. And there’s a Mongol pencil.
advertising  jazz  Mongol  music  pencils 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
The Free Design, on the tube
Now in a Delta Airlines commercial.
advertising  music 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
Sardine moose
Field & Stream sardine ad.
advertising  food  sardines 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
AdBlock Plus and corporate money
There’s nothing wrong with creating an adblocking extension that whitelists advertisers of the coder’s choice. But charging companies to get on that whitelist is another matter.
advertising  technology 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
Let’s go . . . places?
In my modern American lit class we were talking about the mannered “poetry voice,” that ineptly . . . musical voice?
advertising  poetry 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
“The Power of the Printed Word”
“In 1979, International Paper began a print-ad campaign, ‘The Power of the Printed Word,’ a series of fifteen ads offering how-to wisdom from household names.”
advertising  how-to  paper  print 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Merriam-Webster in Ebony
“Given the all-white world of Merriam-Webster’s 1965 and 1966 Life advertisements, I wondered: did the company ever advertise its products to African-Americans?”
advertising  dictionary 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Merriam-Webster holiday shopping
Sixteen of twenty people on your Christmas (or “holiday”) list need a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
advertising  dictionary 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Ace Combs; or, Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
“It’s sad to see a once-great brand sink into crappy cheapness.”
advertising  dowdyworld 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
False needs in the mailbox
“False needs” is our household’s name for the catalogues that come to our mailbox, day after week after month after year.
advertising  life  words 
august 2014 by M.Leddy
Spam follies
“I’d rather delete these comments — about thirty so far — than have Orange Crate Art advertise Android apps. No thanks, Google.”
advertising  Blogger  Google 
july 2014 by M.Leddy
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