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Woman's Own / 20th June 1969

Milk is only really advertised at children nowadays, so it’s odd to think that women in 1969 needed the health benefits of milk explained to them. This ad appealed to me because of the a) the rather nice picture of a contemporary telephone exchange and b) the novel idea that a glass of milk and an apple makes an acceptable lunch. Not for me, it doesn’t…

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Sarah T on 20 September 2009 @ 12pm

I love her hair

Tanya Jones on 20 September 2009 @ 1pm

This is a great picture, not only because she looks great, but it’s a nice time capsule, as her job doesn’t exist in that form anymore!

Zagrebo on 20 September 2009 @ 3pm

“real natural milk”; as opposed to unreal unnatural milk, presumably.

Wonder what the “Dairy Festival” was; it sounds like something from Roger’s Profanisaurus…

Tanya Jones on 20 September 2009 @ 3pm

I wondered about the ‘natural’ tag myself, but I suppose it’s proof that the ‘natural’ phrase has been used to trick consumers for years. I can only presume that the ‘Dairy Festival’ is something to do with the Milk Marketing Board!

Beelzebub on 20 September 2009 @ 3pm

Milk used to be sold in pyramid-shaped cartons from dispensing machines – one features at the beginning of the film A Hard Day’s Night. Dairy products were classed as protein then – now they’re fat.

Tanya Jones on 20 September 2009 @ 4pm

I remember being surprised by the vending machine when I watched the film. I suppose the more sedentary lifestyle many lead now is responsible for milk’s fat content being more relevant nowadays.

TheLeen on 23 September 2009 @ 8am

Oh, naive times. She’s allowed a drink at the computer. And easy-to-digest energy is seen as a good thing.

Tanya Jones on 23 September 2009 @ 12pm

It’s a telephone exchange, rather than a computer, but computers did look similar back then…

TheLeen on 23 September 2009 @ 1pm

In any case, it’ll hate your pinta inside itself.

Tanya Jones on 23 September 2009 @ 7pm

Very true!

Martin Fenton on 20 December 2011 @ 9pm

The difference is that Strowger switches and relays, being very robust, dry out. A spot of Electrolube (stop sniggering at the back, Jones!) and they’re good as new. Try that with a motherboard!

How you’d get rid of the smell of forming cheese, on the other hand… (Jones! Go see the Headmistress now!)

Martin Fenton on 20 December 2011 @ 9pm

(Erm… not that you can see Strowgers in this picture. The comment also stands for jackfields, though. As you were.)

Tanya Jones on 21 December 2011 @ 3pm

I think you should write a naughty book on the history of telecommunications, Martin :)

Martin Fenton on 31 December 2011 @ 3pm

“The 14 September 1895 issue of ‘Scientific American’ contained a report on the nascent ability to transmit, by means of Morse Code over wire, line images from one location to another. It was finally possible, by means of telephone or radio link, for one man to send another a recognisable image of a lady’s front bottom. So convincing were these images that reports of paper cuts to genitals were to become commonplace among the very rich, those working in Telecommunications, and – particularly – those working at sea…”

Tanya Jones on 4 January 2012 @ 2pm

That, except more of it, Martin.

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