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Advertising, Humor, gay

Gay Verses by the Side of the Road

by David Wade Chambers

Aireys inlet — You, dear reader, are much too young, no doubt, to remember the little strings of Burma Shave signs that proliferated along US highways until about the time Eisenhower set up the billboard-free Interstate Highway System. The signs presented verses in successive lines of 2 to 3 words, often in couplets, usually rhyming. This apparently successful advertising gimmick lasted from 1927 to 1963, much...

Advertising, Design

The dangers of leaving too much white space

by Adrian Tribe

London — This advert on the end of a bus shelter caught my eye as I was hurrying to a meeting earlier. It made me laugh out loud, which was slightly embarrassing, but not so much that I wasn’t willing to stop...

Architecture, night, Advertising

Getting past the planners

by Adrian Tribe

London — Thanks to the extensive re-jigging of some rail routes for the next two years while major rebuilding work is undertaken at London Bridge Station, my route home now requires a change of train at Blackf...

Easter, Advertising

Oh dear!

by Adrian Tribe

London — When I saw this car while I was waiting to cross the road at lunchtime today my immediate urge was to rush to the driver and express my commiserations and sympathies for the massive shame and embarras...

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