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13 Funniest Print Ads

Found these classic ads in a piece titled Humour in Advertising, Gentleman magazine, June 2000

Papa's Cafe
The manager has personally passed all the water served here.
Improve Your English. We have over twenty part-time and full-time courses to help you read write and speech (sorry, speak) correct English.

The British Council
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Singapore

New York 
Hey, you never know

Agency: DDB Needham

It's our contribution to road safety, may we point out that drinkers of our beer will never drink and drive, because after three nobody ever remembers where they parked the car.

Ad created by Neil French for XO Beer (cerveza)

Classic Ad for Alka Seltzer

Claudine went to the Ladies to power her nose.

In Paris, you drop the 'd'

Ad for Pernod Fils

The pregnant pause.Make sure you're not the father
 The Economist

Agency: Abbott Mead Vickers

We have chosen not to disturb your Sunday morning with a "Surprisingly ordinary prices' advertisement
Volkswagen Ad
Agency: BMP DDB

Papa Bear Mama Bear Baby Bear

Ad for Complan
Agency: Chaitra Leo Burnett

Ad for Curry on the Roof

Copy: Freddy Birdy
Art: Naved Akhtar
Agency: Mudra DDB Needham

Smirnoff The Other Side

Agency: Lowe Howard Spink

Her dad owns the brewery

Ad for Boddington's Beer
Agency: Bartle Bogle Hegarty

After party, the host is often faced with several almost-empty Scotch bottles.
And there's a natural tendency to consolidate the leftovers in a single bottle.
Guess whose.
Now we don't intend to comment on the morality of this. (We're king of flattered that the Chivas Regal bottle should so often have the honor.)
But please don't. You're not fooling anyone. Anyone who knows Scotch, that is.
Chivas Regal is a very distinctive whiskey. many people consider it the smoothest of all Scotches.
It's made with prize Glenlivet whiskies from the oldest distillery in the Scottish highlands.
And every drop is aged 12 years.
Newcomers ask us how much training it takes to tell Chivas regal from others.
order a glass at your local bar.
Sip it, neat.
That should do the trick.

Agency: DDB Needham

Agency: Trikaya Grey (more about this ad here)



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