Body = Machine: A Series

One of my favorite ad tropes is the Body=Machine/Body=Factory idea, because the imagery is often more detailed and also more hilarious than in most ads.  As a kid I used to LOVE any illustrations of the body that depicted tiny workers inside, such as The Human Body, for example. :D   This link to a book about Fritz Kahn's Der Mensch als Industriepalast is also fascinating (although not advertisement).   Brief video version of that book HERE (well worth 3 minutes of your time.)  This series of articles and illustrations in the same vein (XD) appeared in the Berliner Morgenpost in 1931 and is simply breathtaking.

Bromoseltzer, 1939


Bufferin, 1955-1958


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1933 Chinese Health Info Poster "The Human Body is Like a Factory"

I don't really mind the prospect of a little switchboard operator inside my head getting confused. It'd explain some things.

I'm not so sure I'd be happy if it was a woman though. Can she see out of my eyes? I'm gonna have to start making sure I have clothes on whenever I'm around any mirrors. Wow. The poor things that little person has had to see and put up with over the years. It's a wonder she hasn't quit.
The Bufferin ad is most unusual as it depicts a male. Analgesics are almost always promoted using females to a predominantly female buying audience. When I worked at Squibb we knew that well over 90% of all analgesic products were purchased by females.
MAD did some pretty sweet take-offs on this type of ad, back in the day.