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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin
Mannequin American views and guidelines on marketing/PR trends, news from the world of puppets and ventriloquism, bits of humor and other interesting but useless information. I post every Tuesday and Friday.
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Talking Heads by Matthew Rolston

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: Sometimes when you cry, no one sees your tears. Sometimes when you are worried, no one sees your pain. Sometimes when you are happy, no one sees your smile. But fart just one time …


Talking Heads by Matthew Rolston




In photographer Matthew Rolston’s book Talking Heads, he captures the resigned, and eternally wide-eyed faces of puppet figures used by yesteryear’s ventriloquists. He found his subjects at Kentucky’s Vent Haven Museum, “the world’s only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism.” Each character was once part of a “team” and has a back story to tell. Despite popular belief, no, all vent figures do not look alike. (Dale's original "Chip Martin" is on display at the museum.)

The book is awesome and in a large format. Matthew was kind enough to sign our copy when we met him a couple of years ago. Here are some samples.




Sexist Vintage Ads

Here is a sampling of 50’s and 60’s ads that focus on women’s supposed needs to find or keep a mate.








Vintage 50’s Poster




I don’t think this would have worked.

Signs That Caught My Glass Eye

















TBT: Chip Martin's Blog from July 2011

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American

A Liquid Surprise?

Here's a very strange ad for Vivident Gum ... but it includes a marionette, so it can't be all bad.  Click here to see the ad where dad reveals he's really your mom.

That's a Spicy Meatball

We often forget why this commercial for Alka-Seltzer is so iconic. Click here or on the link above to see this very well-written and very funny commercial that would still resonate today.

Attention-getting Print Ads

This ad for Penalty Running Shoes says, "The more you run, the shorter the distance." Funny. I like it.

This ad for Tempo simply says, "Super Absorbent Paper Towel. Great Visual.

Apparently blood can't find its way out of "Always." "Designed with LeakGuard protection. Always ultra thin."

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Very Funny Lego Batmobile from Chevy Ad

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Chip Shot: I just rolled a joint for the first time. It was my left ankle.


The dreaded “baby filled his diapers in the car” face.

Very Funny Lego Batmobile from Chevy Ad



Lego Batman gets a psychological assessment in this funny new commercial from the Chevy Focus Group. This entertaining spot features the Lego BatMobile and Lego minifigures including Batman himself who are asked what kind of person would drive Chevy's all-new Lego Batmobile.

Funny Ad for Mr. Rooter Plumbing


Here’s a comical commercial for Mr. Rooter Plumbing that claims water is too powerful to fight alone.

Questionable Marketing Technique


If only we could discover a protective covering for oranges that was biodegradable instead of plastic. Oh, wait!

Drive-in Box Ads are not Meant to be “Too Explicit”


Drive-in Box is a “servcar” service in Brazil where you can park your car and enjoy some quality time, by yourself or with someone, with privacy and security.


Some people use the place for meetings, a quick nap or just for hanging and watch some TV seated in their cars. But the parking site is recognized all over the country as a place for some sex adventures.


With that in mind, an ad agency was challenged to communicate Drive-In Box on social media with humor without being too explicit. Here are some of their ads. Judge for yourself whether or not they are “too explicit.”












Okay, this one definitely went too far.


Vintage Ads




During World War II, you were asked not to tie up phone lines over the Christmas holidays.




It “cleanses your freshness.” Because “your husband wants you to be feminine in every sense of the word.”




Make your wartime food points go farther with “Spam Birds” … cold or hot … Ich!





Here's a Comical Ad About an An Annoying Spouse

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Chip Shot: Want to close the wage gap? Step one: Change your major from feminist dance therapy to electrical engineering.

My friends used to make fun of me for being the only male in the Jazzercise class.

Does Your Spouse Make Noises that Irritate You? If So You’ll Appreciate this Funny Commercial


I have a friend who complains that his wife makes too much noise when she eats. This comical ad was absolutely made for him.

Funny New Year’s Countdown from Planet Fitness


Here’s a pretty funny commercial for planet fitness. “The world may judge you, but we don’t.”

Vintage Ads


“Consisting almost entirely of Cocaine Syrup …” From drunkard to drug addict almost instantly.


Nope. Nothing phallic about this candy ad.

Someone May Want to Re-Think These Signs








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