Tag: Coca-Cola

Vintage Coca-Cola Advertising, Pt. 1

Vintage Coca-Cola Advertising, Pt. 1

Advertising
For the better part of a century-plus, Coca-Cola has been one of the most recognizable brands in the United States and the world. This is in no small part to the almost incalculable amount of gorgeous advertising images used to sell Coke over the past several decades. From major print and TV ad campaigns to the most unassuming store displays, Coke has had their marketing nailed down for what seems like forever. In honor of one of advertising's greatest triumphs -- not to mention an American institution -- I present here the first of hopefully many ad galleries featuring great Coca-Cola images throughout the decades. This collection features ten signs and displays from the mid 20th century, each in various stages of completeness. Click on any image for the full-size version. ...
Fantastic Coca-Cola Star Wars/Burger Chef Posters (1977)

Fantastic Coca-Cola Star Wars/Burger Chef Posters (1977)

Ephemera
Growing up I was intimately familiar with the great sets of Star Wars drinking glasses sold at Burger King, with the Empire Strikes Back collection being my favorite. If you need a reminder, here's an ad for the 1977 edition: But what I didn't know about until very recently was the series of beautiful posters from which the design on those glasses was borrowed. Although these are listed as being produced for Burger Chef rather than Burger King. The artwork on these four beauties is credited to Del Nichols, and boy did he do one hell of a job. Let's look: Del Nichols These are all so very gorgeous, but if I had to pick a favorite I'd go with the Darth Vader poster, featuring Grand Moff Tokin. As great as the original movie posters are, I'd hang these bad b...
Ads from the Open Road, Volume 2: Phoenix Suns Billboards

Ads from the Open Road, Volume 2: Phoenix Suns Billboards

Retrotisements
For this, the second volume featuring photographs of vintage billboard ads, I'm tightening the focus a bit. This group of billboards was displayed in the Phoenix, Arizona area in 1969 and advertised the new Phoenix Suns basketball team. The 1969-70 season was the franchise's second in the NBA, and it was the year they made a dramatic turnaround from 7th place to 3rd. This was thanks in large part to the addition of Connie Hawkins (#42, who appears in a few of the ads), who came from the ABA and went on to the Hall of Fame. Hawkins led the Suns to a 39-43 record, and they nearly won their first-ever playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers until they lost three straight games. All images courtesy Duke University's Digital Collections site. Click for a larger version. ...
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 27: Franklin Township Deli, 1936

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 27: Franklin Township Deli, 1936

Vintage Photo Wednesday
We return to New Jersey for this week's vintage photograph, specifically Franklin Township. This shot, taken in February 1936, depicts a woman in front of a small grocery store/delicatessen. She's either fixing a tattered awning or taking it down, I can't be sure which. This is from the days before big supermarkets were a common sight. A few brand names figure prominently in this scene -- Coca-Cola and White Rose Tea. Everyone knows Coca-Cola of course, but fewer know about White Rose. It is a rather large independent wholesale food distributor in the New York/New Jersey metro area and has been in operation since the late 19th century. They got into the tea business in the early 1900s. Below the display window it's all about tobacco. I see a sign for Granger Rough Cut (pipe tobac
Coca-Cola’s Contribution to the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s

Coca-Cola’s Contribution to the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s

Retrotisements
And now for a little advertising history lesson... The year was 1967, and the American Civil Rights Movement was at its zenith. After years of struggle to seek equality in the United States, African-Americans had won a series of stunning legal and moral victories. What they had not yet won, apparently, was the right to not be imitated by white people in advertising. Huh? Let me set the stage first. Here’s an ad for Coca-Cola that ran in the August 18 issue of Life magazine: OK, so what’s the problem you ask? Well, usually when a company wants to sell their product to different racial or ethnic groups, they use people from those groups. Like these Coke ads from black magazines in the same year: But apparently there was a severe shortage of African Americans with t
The ’30s and ’40s in living color, Part 2

The ’30s and ’40s in living color, Part 2

Ephemera, History
November 2009 seems like ancient history to me, but that's when I published part one of my look at some of the most interesting color photos from the 1930s and 1940s (as presented on Flickr by the Library of Congress).  I love looking at pictures like these because even with the most mundane subjects, seeing them in color brings them to life in a way we never could before (unless you were there I guess). These photos were all taken between 1939 and 1944 by the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI).  Just click on a photo to see a larger version. (Part 1 can be seen here.) Even in the '40s no road sign was safe from the scourge of graffiti.  Although as one astute person pointed out, the markings on that railroad sign c
Retrotisements: Holiday cookout edition

Retrotisements: Holiday cookout edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
For those of us in the good ol' U.S. of A, Independence Day celebration time is almost here (that's the 4th of July in case you're reading this from foreign shores).  And that means that for those of us not spending the day looking for fingers blown off by illegal fireworks, it's cookout time!  So invite your friends and family over (Except for your second cousin Fred.  Holy crap, that guy's a boor.) and let's consume some charred flesh! First things first: let's fire up the grill!  (Kingsford Match Light charcoal, 1981) Who's up for some hot diggity dogs??? (Armour Franks, 1956) Or maybe burgers are more your style?  Don't forget the ketchup/catsup! (Hunt's Tomato Catsup, 1954) I don't know about you, but cleaning all those dirty glasses can be a real drag.  So break out the p