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15 August 2012 0 Comments

Drug Education for Cats Much like a baby’s skull, The Art of Bleeding has a soft spot — spot in question being a fondness for of old safety educational films.  Above is a prime parodic example in which catnip tidily substitutes for the bogeyman LSD.  Odd fact: creator  Jason Willis is actually one of the kids in the “Halloween […]

7 October 2011 0 Comments

William Burroughs: Dr Benway Video Thanks, Skary Nurse, for reminding us about this video…. (From Wikipedia) Benway is the name of a character in many of William S. Burroughs’ novels, including Naked Lunch. Usually referred to as “Dr. Benway” or “Doc Benway,” (his first name is not revealed), he was used by the author to parody the medical profession […]

7 July 2011 0 Comments

Health for Sale at Philly Museum of Art

The exhibition “Health for Sale” currently at the Philadelphia Museum illustrates the story of commercial medicine through an intriguing collection of posters hawking nostrums, panaceas and health advice in a time before the FDA meddled in such things.There’s more than 50 pieces featuring alabaster skinned beauties seeking anemia cures, virile men donning electro-galvanic belts, families […]

6 July 2011 1 Comment

Literal Drug Commercial

Literal Drug Commercial

Thanks to Laughing Squid for alerting us to this production which takes that “literal” music video approach in a slightly different direction. It’s by the Wilmginton, NC based live theatre troupe Pineapple-Shaped Lamps. Ask your doctor if it’s right for you.

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17 June 2011 1 Comment

Rx Atarax: “The Relaxed Wife” (1957)

Continuing our thread from the last post about the marketing of tranquilizers, we offer some snippets from “The Relaxed Wife”, a pharma-pushing film produced by Pfizer in 1957. “Of all the states across this nation, the happiest by far is the state of relaxation”

16 June 2011 0 Comments

Mother’s Little Helper

Regardless when the Rolling Stones offered their smirky musical comment on the subject, the reckless use of prescription meds to counteract suburban angst and ennui is hardly a thing of the past.  Yet there’s a certain irreproducible naivete (or is that naked cynicism?) in some of these ads from back in the day. Better living through chemistry, indeed!

14 May 2011 0 Comments

We’re Not Candy! (So they say)

We’re Not Candy!  (So they say)

More retro health & safety PSA goodness. Sing along with the singing pills: “We’re not candy. This is serious..serious, we could make you Delirious.” Really? If your pills are singing to you, isn’t there a good chance delirium has already set in?

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9 May 2011 0 Comments

1970s Anti-Drug “Magician” PSA

1970s Anti-Drug “Magician” PSA

Glue-sniffing, bennies, grass! A hepcat “magician” attempts to sell kids drugs on the playground in this 1974 “Why Do You Think They Call it Dope” PSA.  

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