via Messy Nessy Chic
Who was the Don Draper of magazine ads for cocaine and cocaine accessories? (That turn of phrase can’t help put me in the mind of Hank Hill.)
These vintage advertisements appeared in popular magazines like High Times and Hustler as well as magazines with, er, lower profiles. (Credit goes to The World’s Best Ever for unearthing these gems.) Somewhat surprisingly, these ads were perfectly legal—it wasn’t until 1986 that a statute was passed making it a crime to “sell, transport through the mail, transport across state lines, import, or export drug paraphernalia as defined.”
I really enjoy the names of the companies you were supposed to write in order to receive your high-end coke spoons or whatever: Paraphernalia Head-Quarters, Alpine Creations, Johnny Snowflake, Cocaphernalia, Elite Distributors, Leasure Time Products (sic), Klimax Novelties Inc.
I really want one of those vacuum cleaner-shaped coke straws!