Poetry Prompt: Vintage Advertising

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This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer

Is it always illegal to kill a woman?

Oh, don’t be alarmed. That’s just a quote from a vintage ad for an office postage meter. There are examples of sexist vintage advertising all over the internet, for example here and here. And their modern counterparts over here. One thing the older ads have going for them? More text to recycle.

This week, write found poems using the text found in vintage advertisements. Please share the results in the comments!


  • June 13, 2014

    Lewis Oakwood

    The Coffee Cup And The Flying Saucer.

    Housewife: I was losing Jim’s love! He’d even stopped having morning coffee with me! Then one night I dreamed of Jim’s favourite coffee cup…and a “flying saucer!” ~

    Saucer: Why are you unhappy here?

    Cup: I’m always on the shelf! Just ’cause’ “Mrs” can’t make good coffee!

    (It seemed that a “flying saucer” was wooing Jim’s favourite coffee cup!)

    Saucer: Let us fly – To a home that serves Folger’s, the mountain-grown coffee men like!

    Cup: My dreamboat!

    Housewife: I awoke with a start – Jim had gone, leaving the radio on. The “Judy and Jane” announcer was saying….Presented by mountain-grown Folger’s coffee! There’s a mountain of flavour in every spoonful! (That was my cue!)

    Housewife (to storekeeper): I’ll take a pound of Folger’s!

    Storekeeper: Ah – The coffee with the flavour men like!

    (Evening. Jim and his thoughtful wife sitting at the dinning table)

    Jim: My old favourite cup! And what delicious coffee it holds!

    Housewife: It’s mountain-grown Folger’s dear – I’ll never serve any other!

    (Appearing out of nowhere) – Pedro: Fill your favourite coffee cup with FOLGER’S – A special blend of mountain-grown Coffees!

    FOLGER’S COFFEE, 100 Years of Finer Flaour. 1850-1950.


    • June 13, 2014

      Lewis Oakwood

      Why We Have The Youngest Customers In The Business.

      (This young man is 11 months old –
      and he isn’t our youngest customer by any means.)

      By the way, Mom,
      7-Up is so pure,
      so wholesome,
      you can give it to babies
      and feel good about it.

      When it comes to toddlers –
      if they like to be coaxed to drink their milk,
      try this: Add 7-Up to the milk in equal parts,
      pouring the 7-Up gently into the milk.

      It’s a wholesome combination –
      and it works!

      Make 7-Up your family drink.

      You like it…it likes you!


      An ad for 7-Up from the 1950’s. I have not added any words to the original ad. All I did was move a few lines around.



    • June 13, 2014

      Lewis Oakwood

      Note: The above piece is a transcript for the ad- ‘The Coffee Cup And The Flying Saucer’, in it’s entirety.


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