Retrotisements

Vintage (and some not-so-vintage) advertisements from print, TV, and radio.

Retrotisements: The Early Days of Kentucky Fried Chicken

Retrotisements: The Early Days of Kentucky Fried Chicken

Retrotisements
One of the many things that makes Kentucky Fried Chicken unique in fast food history is that its growth as a powerhouse franchise was not quite as direct as, say, McDonald's. For one thing, the chain began not as a dedicated franchise location but rather as a menu of items out of a regular restaurant. In this case, KFC was essentially born in a pair of motels/restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina and Corbin, Kentucky. Colonel Harland Sanders, who owned both in the 1930s, rebuilt his Corbin location as a motel with a 140-seat restaurant after a fire struck in late 1939. Here is a June 1940 newspaper ad for the Sanders Court & Café, published in the Asheville Citizen Times. Note how there is no reference to chicken: The first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise opened on Septem
Retrotisements — A Year in the Life (1967)

Retrotisements — A Year in the Life (1967)

Retrotisements
In past ad galleries I've typically stuck with a particular theme or product, such as holiday-themed ads or new car lineups. I'm going to try something new and product an ad gallery from a single year, covering a wide range or products and services. Basically, a sort of visual shorthand to see what someone would've seen in print or TV ads in a particular year. Think of this as a virtual department store of sorts. For the first edition I thought I'd travel back exactly 50 years to 1967. Let's browse! Automobiles Consumer Electronics Entertainment Fashion Food and Beverage Health and Beauty Household Goods Travel  
For Labor Day, Enjoy Some Canned Hamburger!

For Labor Day, Enjoy Some Canned Hamburger!

Retrotisements
I don't know about you, but there comes a point when convenience goes too far, and things just get weird. Case in point: This 1950 advertisement for Swift's Premium Canned Hamburgers, which purports to "take the labor out of the Labor Day Week End." But hey, as gross as the prospect of eating preformed meat out of a can may be, at least you can send in that coupon and get a sweet sandwich toaster for just 50 cents!
For Father’s Day, Edgeworth Pipe Tobacco (1947)

For Father’s Day, Edgeworth Pipe Tobacco (1947)

Retrotisements
Happy Father's Day from The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and from the fine people who bring you Edgeworth Pipe Tobacco! It's Dad who tends the furnace, it's Dad who mows the law, And it's Dad who pushes off to work before the crack o' dawn... It's Dad who carries bundles. And it's Dad who has to pay, Let's give Dad the FINEST! for his pipe on FATHER'S DAY!  
Billboard Time Capsule — August 14, 1965

Billboard Time Capsule — August 14, 1965

Music, Retrotisements
In Billboard Time Capsule, we journey through an old issue of Billboard to see what the most popular and advertised albums of the day were. Not through charts, but rather through advertisements. In each capsule you'll see ads for classic songs and albums, both promoting new recordings and trumpeting ones that had already gained traction. Some songs listed here have YouTube video links for your enjoyment. Clicking on almost any song title brings you to Amazon, where you can be a good, law-abiding citizen and download. Remember that any purchase made through this site helps me out immensely. For those
Retrotisements — 1980 Pontiac New Car Lineup

Retrotisements — 1980 Pontiac New Car Lineup

Retrotisements
It's been a looong time since my last new car ad gallery -- just over three years in fact since my 1970 Dodge post. For the return of this series, let's fast forward one decade to the dawn of the '80s and the lineup for GM's Pontiac make. The theme for these ads was a pretty clever twist on the MPG initialism. In this case it stood for: More Pontiac to the Gallon More Pontiac Excitement to the Gallon More Pontiac Excitement for the Great Ones The only model I wasn't able to find a good print ad for is the Sunbird, so if anyone can help me out please let me know. (To see other car lineup advertisement galleries, click here. Got a request for other years and makes? Let me know in the Comments section.) 1980 Pontiac Compacts 1980 Pontiac Mid-Sizes 1980 Pontiac Full
Absentee Moms Choose Kool-Aid!

Absentee Moms Choose Kool-Aid!

Retrotisements
From 1959 through 1962, Kool-Aid (and its parent company, General Foods) ran a print ad campaign to showcase its various flavors. Each ad had the same setup -- a family member (usually mom) had to leave the house for a while, wrote a note for those left behind, and mixed a pitcher of delicious Kool-Aid. Visually, it was a very attractive campaign. And judging by the fact that it lasted for several years I'm guessing it was pretty successful too. Now of course I'm joking about the absentee mom thing, but it does seem odd that several of these ads feature notes from a missing parent. As a latchkey kid myself, I know all about that. Anyway, enjoy the ads! There are 17 of them in case you're counting. For more great slideshows, click here.