This Hilariously Retro Soap Ad Promised You a Robot Butler

Advertisers love to associate their products with the future, even if there's nothing terribly futuristic about them. Like in this 1984 ad from a British company that was selling... soap.

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The TV ad is for Cussons Imperial Leather soap and aired in Australia, promising the good folks Down Under "the ultimate in luxury." Apparently part of living a life of luxury included a bizarre pod-home at sea and an awkward robot servicing your every whim.

Strangely, the robot doesn't seem to be capable of very much. This faux-Rosey doesn't even wash your back for you! What kind of half-assed futuristic robot is this?

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robshapiro002

I was far less concerned about the robot butler than the mother, father and children all bathing in the same tub at the same time...