The Sleazy Microsheen Shoe Polish Ads

The 1950s were an innocent time in America as far as mainstream advertising went. But one campaign was quite racy.


Nice day for a naked walk!
The art director has cleverly combined old school photo retouching and illustration.

The Griffin Microsheen ads were for men’s shoe polish.
But nary a man’s face and rarely a man’s foot ever made an appearance in the campaign.
All the ads are from the mid- to late-1950s.


Merry Nipples!


She looks nothing like a Cupid. Just sayin’.


“Right down the alley…”


The men’s shoe is about the 7th thing you look at in the ad.



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