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Fast Food Photoshop

Posted in advertising, food, soapbox, vintage with tags , , , on June 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

What you see below is an actual ad for a Burger Chef hamburger (Mad Men fans, Burger Chef is a real company!). I think this is excellent; what you see is what you get. I’m pretty damn sure this is an accurate representation of the item. They didn’t even bother to strategically place the onions in a relatively even distribution. The burger is smaller than the bun. A lone pickle slice graces the nucleus of the burger structure.
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Over 50 years later, fast food recipes have not changed all that much (save for much larger portions). But we DO have one secret ingredient that makes a monumental difference: PHOTOSHOP.

Enter the Burger King Whopper. Look at that flame broiled, juicy patty extending past the bun, residing under a veritable tower of fresh, shiny, crunchy produce. The edge of the tomato slice even has perfect little water droplets on it (has anyone EVER seen that in real life?)!
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I find it fascinating that even FOOD is subject to the unrealistic ideals increasingly created/perpetuated by the media. It’s startling to view pictures of what was considered “attractive” just half a century ago, human or otherwise. There is an ever-widening rift between what actual humans and products look like and the fabricated hyperrealistic “paintings” that have taken the place of photographs (I was going to post some human examples, but you get the idea!).

Desktop Goodies 4/17

Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, food, humor, kitsch, oddities, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome to this edition of desktop goodies!
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Would you buy Kellog’s corn flakes after seeing a child in the ad who looks like he’s be propped and posed postmortem?
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Antique “eye massager,” for when your eyes need a little therapeutic squishin’!
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AXOLOTL in a portrait! (See some axolotl info here, and an artistic interpretation here)
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Don’t mind him…he’s really into that “sitting in a wall” thing.
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The most complete system ever? Really?
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I’m going to give you a great life tip here, folks. So listen up: be sure to set the iron to medium heat so as not to burn your crocodile.
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The world’s most wistful butter substitute:
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You can conveniently sell your sister by placing a check mark in the appropriate box.
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Don’t say it, Dana…don’t say this piece of kitsch is…”corny.” D’OH!
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It’s all in the Pants!

Posted in absurd, advertising, clothing, fashion, humor on January 12, 2014 by bettiemuldoon

Sansabelt is actually making a comeback. Perchance the advertisement is not completely real, but Eldridge Cleaver DID in fact market the “front and center” design below. What more can be said. Discuss amongst yourselves.

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If Only Medicine were so simple!

Posted in advertising, ephemera, inspiration, medicine, potions, vintage on January 8, 2014 by bettiemuldoon

 

These wonderful vintage trade advertisements offer more than the reality, no doubt, but are all the better for it.

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Desktop Goodies 12/23

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, christmas, comics, decoration, horror, photography, retrofuturism, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

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By my talented friend Andy:
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Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Fangoria’s Gingerbread Ad Campaign

Posted in advertising, christmas, horror, macabre, print media with tags , , , , on December 18, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

A twisted take on the proliferation of cutesy holiday ads, by the #1 horror magazine!

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Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Vintage Michelin Man

Posted in advertising, vintage with tags , on December 14, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

We’ve all seen the Michelin Man…this happy go lucky character who looks like a sweet cross between the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and a mummy.

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Well he wasn’t always so sweet. Let’s take a journey back in time, shall we?

1950:
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1912:
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Early 1900s:
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Read about it and see more (horrifying) pictures here!

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Pre-Treatment Desktop Goodies!

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, Books, creatures, ephemera, food, humor, kitsch, photography, postcards, sea, surreal, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

And now a little installment of DG before I go down the medical rabbit hole for an indeterminate period of time.

Man, Edmund’s been talking for a LONG time.
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Start ‘em young.
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Gorgeous vintage Vogue cover by Salvador Dali.
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THINK your way to visible virility!
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Very little info on this, but wow…
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What puffer cake has seen cannot be unseen.
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I love this because the skeleton can either be reaching for OR releasing the heart, depending on the eye of the beholder.
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The Barbie Dream Snake:
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If a higher power exists, I’m sure it speaks through cats exclusively, actually.
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“Who you callin’ chicken?”
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I wish this were an actual vintage piece.
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Tip from the SheWalksSoftly school of psychology: If someone hurts your feelings, sending a greeting card with one of the worst puns on earth is not likely to remedy the relationship.
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Now, let’s everybody hope that the doctors have an ALL CHOCOLATE treatment planned for me next week.
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Desktop Goodies 7/14

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, Books, kitsch, quotes, sea, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Alpha, much? (Reminds me of Max Power: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w3zdkmw2E4)
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This book is just a blank page with a single word: DON’T.
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Love this little man’s style…
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Child “guidance,” toward the ever important world of trans fats.
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Holy exploding cloaca! Who would brand their product this way?
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“With victim.”
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Yes, yes and yes.
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Totally agreed.
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Is it me, or do you feel a draft?
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This story has all of my favorite things!
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Answer to the age-old problem.
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Put a bird in it.
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Excellent grammar lesson.
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Hope you are all feeling beautiful today.
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Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Pete Hawley

Posted in advertising, halloween, humor, illustration, monsters, vintage on June 26, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Posted by proxy from Dana’s “stuff to blog” queue while she is on medical hiatus. She reads and appreciates all comments…and apologizes for not being able to respond at the moment.

Pete Hawley’s Halloween Monsters are the most adorable monsters I have seen. Dana thought so too, and here you have them.  They are probably an American Greetings punch-out set from the 1960’s, at the height of the Monster Craze.

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About the best background and overview we can share about the illustrator is contained here. Please enjoy the print ads and wonderful illustrations he has done.

Thank you! The Proxy Blogger.

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