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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.

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

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.

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Merry Nipples!

Merry Nipples!

3.

She looks nothing like a Cupid. Just sayin'.

She looks nothing like a Cupid. Just sayin'.

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"Right down the alley..."

"Right down the alley..."

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O—O.

O—O.

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

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

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Just...creepy.

Just...creepy.

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