Did You See This?

Strange, Upbeat Ads From a Different Era

Including one for a portable razor that plugs into a car’s cigarette lighter.

Vintage ads can give us a big dose of nostalgia, but they also remind us how much the advertising game has changed. In the 1950s and ’60s, ads were simpler and more direct, filled with upbeat jingles and beaming actors delivering their lines right into the camera. You can practically see the twinkle of the prepackaged American dream in their eyes.

The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh made this video compilation of commercials for the products of Pittsburgh silversmith and industrial designer Peter Muller-Munk, who was the subject of an exhibit earlier this year.

One commercial hawks a portable razor that plugs into the cigarette lighter of your car, allowing you to shave on the go. What could go wrong? Another labels the showroom at your local Westinghouse dealer as a fair, something fun to bring the kids to. Who knew looking at refrigerators could be so entertaining?