“Perfected television and radio telephone combined!”
Seagram’s advertised its VO Canadian whiskey back in the mid-1940’s with a series of extremely manly magazine ads about “Men Who Plan Beyond Tomorrow”. They were unspecified futuristic thinkers who liked the fact that Seagram’s was patient enough to age VO for six years. Each of the ads depicted a different miracle that would transform postwar America and they were glorious. (Pics)
The ads are entertaining when they sort-of-accurately predict scenarios that eventually came to be, such as the rise of the cell phone. And they’re even more so when they marvel at wonders-to-be such as coin-operated streetcorner fax machines. Herewith, some highlights as they appeared in LIFE magazine–click the dates to see the issues with the ads at Google Books.
Perfected Television & Radio Telephone Combined
“Perfected television and radio telephone combined!” This is supposedly a Chicago businessman using a videoconferencing system (with color screen, yet) to talk to his rep in London. But I could swear that the art shows Richard M. Nixon conspiring with J. Edgar Hoover. It’s pretty much like Skype, except for the fact that the 1940s conferencing gadgets are way neater looking than any modern PC.
Nine years before the first 3D movie boom and sixty-six years before Avatar, Seagram’s told whiskey drinkers that they’d go to 3D movies “more thrilling than any you ever dreamed of!” This being 1943, the movie shown involves fighter jets soaring above the audience and soldiers stomping right through it. I believe that the person to the left dressed like Flash Gordon is an usher, not part of the
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