2010, 2011 PRSA WI Paragon Award of Excellence

About this blog

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.
My Background
What I Do
About Brown & Martin, Inc.

Email Updates


December 2016 - Posts

Funny Ad About Why "It Better be a Kick-ass Ring"

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer.
To View Complete Blog
Click Here




Chip Shot: Raise your hand if you’re going back to work next Monday poorer and fatter than a week ago.


“It Better be a Kick-ass Ring”



So, you finally found the girl you love, bought the best diamond engagement ring you could find, got down on one knee, and proposed. How do you know if she truly loves her ring? She will want to show it off to EVERYONE. And that’s pretty funny in this ad for JamesAllen.com.

Sorry. I Spent it on Myself


'Tis the season for self-indulgence in this British ad for Harvey Nichols. This Christmas, a little something for them means a bigger something for you. So whilst shopping at Harvey Nichols for the festive season why not pick up a pack of Toothpicks to gift a loved one, and perhaps a pair of Louboutins for yourself.

Vintage Ads


I assume Cohan was Jimmy Nelson’s agent.


Apparently, he’d rather kiss her beautiful skin than her mouth …

Great Print Ad for Bike Helmet


Signs that Caught My Glass Eye










TBT Chip's Blog: Oct. 2010

TBT Blog: Oct. 2010

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer.
To View Complete Blog Click Here

News Anchor Barbie


Here comes Mattel's News Anchor Barbie. Her tagline: "A flair for journalism - and power pink!"

I have a degree in journalism ... sort of ... and I think nothing says professional journalist like stacked heels with ankle straps and petal-pink bows. At least they got one detail right: the all-important journalism folder emblazoned with the reporter's name on it in case she forgets.  (For the record ... I'd date her.)

Milwaukee's Hiawatha




A recently passed Wisconsin law allows residents to challenge school mascot names they contend promote a negative racial stereotype, typically of American Indians. (Remember when the Marquette Golden Eagles were the Marquette Warriors? Warriors are defined as those "experienced in or capable of engaging in combat." No mention of American Indians. They could have kept the name and changed the mascot.)

It's interesting to me that no one has pointed out that since 1935 The Milwaukee Roads' Amtrak train has been named the "Hiawatha." As the vintage ad above indicates, Hiawatha is rich in folk lore ... as are, I presume, the American Indian pictured in the ad and the one used as a logo. To use words from the ad, no one has "gone on the warpath" about that. I'm just saying ... 




This ad was probably considered "cute" in the 60's. Today it would be offensive.


Remember When ...




It's one thing to chuckle at the casual sexism of Mad Men-era advertising. But as Chevrolet is learning, it's another thing to revive it. At the auto brand's official store, you can currently buy an Impala art poster that says, "Remember when your cup holder sat next to you and wore a poodle skirt?"

Ah yes, more nostalgia for a time when men were men and women were useful accessories. The image has been streaking across the Web, sparking detractors and defenders. Lighten up people.

Crime Stoppers Get What They Pay For




Crime Stoppers has enough money to finance a nationwide marketing campaign, but apparently they couldn't spend a couple of extra bucks to get a one-of-a-kind professional Mannequin American to appear in their ads instead of the mass produced dime store version pictured above. Come on Crime Stoppers ... don't be so cheap ... I've got rent to pay.





Did You Own a Mattel Fanner 50?

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer.
To View Complete Blog
Click Here



Chip Shot: Life is sexually transmitted.


When Toy Guns Were Popular, Times Were Less Violent



It seems ironic that when toys like this Mattel Fanner 50 were among the most popular items on Christmas’ lists, society was more tolerant, safer, and less politically correct than today.

Mattel’s Fanner 50 Shootin' Shell Cap Gun, was advertised as “the most realistic toy cap gun ever made.”

The Hitchhiker


Here’s a really funny ad for Ally Bank.

Another “Things You Don’t Want to Hear Coming from the Next Bathroom Stall”


Vintage Ads


The ad above is from 1915.


The lower right-hand corner of this Crosley TV ad features ventriloquist Paul Winchell with Jerry Mahoney.


Zsa Zsa introducing the ball point pen … when it was a new invention. RIP.




Share With Anyone Who Should Go Cold Turkey from Their Phone During Christmas

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer.
To View Complete Blog
Click Here


Chip Shot: For a detective, a surprise party is the ultimate insult.



Share With Anyone You Think Should Go #ColdTurkey from Their Phone


This UK ad for Three Mobile presents a humorous look at why people should go #ColdTurkey this holiday season.

Google Photos: Happier Holidays


Are you getting a new phone for Christmas? Than may want to watch this entertaining ad for Google Photos, before you throw that “old piece of garbage” phone away. Because your old photos won’t necessarily follow your new phone.

Billboard Targets Undocumented Aliens in Austin, TX


People in Austin, TX are none too pleased with this billboard which could be construed as a means of sex trafficking. By the way, apparently ArrangementFinders.com doesn’t actually hook up undocumented singles with sugar daddy’s.

Figure Out This Sign


Seriously … isn’t “Any Time After Midnight,” simply anytime?

Creative Tip Jars












More Posts Next page »