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In Pictures: Priceless! The 25 funniest vintage tech ads

My oh my, how things have changed. These 25 vintage tech ads are guaranteed to take you back -- and, in most cases, remind you how truly terrible our tastes once were.

  • Bell & Howell Projector



    Sabrina not included with projector purchases.
  • LBMS



    I'm not entirely positive what they're selling, but I'll take two.
  • Odyssey 2



    Unlimited vocabulary, and "geewizbang" is the best you can do? Come on...at least give us a "hullabaloo" or "brouhaha".
  • Commodore Vic-20



    If Shatner says so, it must be true.
  • Parker Brothers Star Wars Game



    Single for years.
  • Vic-20 Friendly Computer



    Not to be confused with that hot-headed jerk from the previous page.
  • Burroughs Angry Young Computer



    Chill out, dude. You'll be obsolete in a few years, anyway.
  • Interlude Adult Game



    You can think of it as really boring Internet porn.
  • Motorola TV



    It's the second best thing to a brand new Daisy rifle.
  • Daisy Guns



    Family values just aren't the same these days.
  • Commodore Executive 64



    Who's keeping up with Commodore? I'll tell you who. Middle-aged men who need to button up their freakin' shirts.
  • Thermador Kitchen Appliances



    And here I thought the double-entendre didn't come into style till the 90s.
  • Ampex Cassettes



    Unfortunately, there's no rewind button to put the Bee Gees back in the box.
  • Radio Shack TRS-80



    Is it just us, or is the TRS-80 a dead ringer for Asimov's sideburns?
  • Panasonic Cassettes



    I think this is what they mean when they talk about "bad acid trips."
  • Royal McBee High-Speed Computation



    Alternate tagline: "High-speed computation, three times the size of your desk."
  • Technico SS-16



    Sheesh...talk about deceptive advertising.
  • Tandy 2000



    Less revolutionary: Bill's choice of eyewear.
  • TI Home Computer



    Cardigan and goofy grin not included.
  • Ads are kind of like your awkward teenage years. Think about it: When you're actually experiencing them, every second feels an angst-ridden eternity. Look back a couple decades later, though, and it's damn near impossible not to laugh.

    Now, I'm not suggesting you go out and start bragging about that mullet you were sporting in the 80s (sorry, [[xref:http://www.imdb.com/media/rm830969856/nm0001764|Uncle Jesse|John Stamos]], but that kind of confession may never be advisable). No siree -- with antiquated ads, you can revisit the comedy of bad choices without suffering a single ounce of personal humiliation.

    We've compiled 25 of the funniest vintage tech ads we could find. Some will make you laugh; others will make you cringe. But nearly every one will make you wonder what the hell we all were thinking.

    Click ahead, and enjoy the shame-free trip down memory lane.

  • Penril Modem



    Tsk, tsk -- you'd better not be looking at her sexy modem. I'll tell Sabrina.
  • Wang Calculators



    Who knew a Wang could do so much?
  • Apple Computer



    This ad would have been far less impressive with an iPod.
  • Honeywell Electronic Mail



    Evidently, it's Tinkerbell on crack.
  • Pitney Bowes Postage Meter



    Shame the expression "WTF" wasn't around back then.
  • Spectravideo



    New standards, that is, for binky-like joysticks being held by James Bond.
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