Crazy Ads From 1952
Dangerous products and fantastic claims;yagottalove these vintage ads!
Air Cushion appliance? Im pretty sure this is an anti-herniaapparatus, but they really dont go out of their way toclarify.Isuppose its the1952 version of clickbait.But they claim Thousands Happy, with their …heavenly comfort and security…, sotheres that.
Be all that you can be
Locksmithing, Hypnotism, Super Ju Jitsu, Swedish Body Massage, that sounds like a pretty wildparty!And, if you order two or more items and send in a special coupon (closer look below) you willreceive, free of charge, themost unusual text, HOW TO GET ALONG IN THIS WORLD.Its the mother of all self-helpbooks.
The combo platter
Combination tools like this were much more common years ago. Thisone cuts, polishes, grinds, sands, drills, and mixes.Its not unlike theRidgidJobMaxplatform (below). But Im guessing that the tools below costs more than $26.88.
A 5-room house for under $2,000!
Did you know that youcanstill order a house this way? Except a similar packagecostsmore than $30,000 these days. But I bet you would save more than$21 per day if you builtityourself.
Sure, it might not be asconvenientas amodern daysix-zoneirrigationsystem, butits remote control people!I get the pulling the hose bit, but Im not exactly sure how one pushes a hose?
Offend your friends and family!
All ofthese ads came from old issues of The Family Handyman (A CPT sister publication), but that doesnt mean we cant poke fun at ourselves.I wonder how many guys who used these cardshad tobuilda doghouse…for themselves. I also love the claim that you can save up to $2000 per issue; now that’s a bargain!
Check out these ads from 1951 (below)
Is this a good deal?
At first glance, $46.50 seems a pretty fair price for a Tilt Arbor Saw (aka table saw). But never forget to read the fine print, people: Less extensions, switch and motor. No motor? Im guessing there were at least a few unboxing disappointments with this bad boy. Never before- SO MUCH DECEPTION, for SO LITTLE MONEY!
All for $5.85!
At first, I thought it was just the magnet organizer, but A carefully selected trio is also included. Thats a pretty good deal. Although Im not sure what a tool house is.
This is a lot of tool for under $15. Im dubious that the blower on this machine is useful enough to be categorized as 1 of the 4 tools. I’ll give it a 1/2. And why did they call it a jig saw when it looks like a scroll saw? At least this tool actually comes with a motor and a switch.
A 2000-deg. torch without an off-switch, strapped to the end of a toothbrush, what could go wrong? I wonder how many houses burnt down before they pulled this fire-hazard-nightmare from the shelves? Admittedly, however, if these tablets were still available I would absolutely have a box of them in my shop. Not sure what I would use them for- probably some practical joke that I would later regret.
Apparently selling tools without motors was a thing back in 1951. The Speedy Spray 444 can be powered with an electric motor or gas engine.
The test of time
3-IN-ONE OIL is still around and so is Plastic Wood! I wonder if the agency who came up with this creepy enlarged-head concept can say the same?
Metal is scarce!
Metal is so scarce that they couldnt afford to cover up the electric motors copper coil windings. Im thinking it might be best to skip the mixing process with this electric work kit. Remember kids: liquids + electricity = no good.
After seeing this guy getting conked in the head with a flying board, youre darn right Im buying a PTI Original Safety Blade. After all its, tested and approved by leading laboratories, government agencies, and industrial concerns. I’m thinking the government agencies might just be a brother-in-law who works for the post office? Hmmmm.
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