Saturday, March 5, 2011

This Ad is a Sausage-fest

Here is an ad from the Food and Drug Administration from the early 20th century. The NYC cheesesteak joint "99 miles to Philly" has this picture on display by the register, I suppose in an effort to make its customers feel less guilty about eating their own bodyweight in meat and cheese wiz.

Beyond the humor in looking back at what the government health reccomendations were almost 100 years ago, I also always enjoy the design of ads from this era. I think illustrations are such an effective and elegant way to get a message across in a commercial, its it is a shame they are so seldomn. Used now that photography has become the norm for print ads and billboards.

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