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Vintage Burger King Logos Help Celebrate the Anniversary of the Whopper

Vintage Burger King Logos Help Celebrate the Anniversary of the Whopper

Advertising
Unbeknownst to me until last weekend, Burger King is raising a big fuss to celebrate the 55th year of its Whopper sandwich. I've been known to patronize their restaurant from time to time, so imagine my delight when I saw that they're splashing their old logos all over their food packaging. Below are scans I took recently, featuring vintage Burger King logos of the past: This is the original Burger King logo, and dates from the around very beginning of the franchise -- once known as Insta-Burger King -- in 1955 all the way through the 1960s. You can get a larger version here. Here's the next version of the mascot -- apparently also known as Kurger Bing according to Wikipedia -- which debuted in 1971. He lasted until the late '70s, when he was replaced by the more realistic-lo
1974 Burger King ads offer a study in contrasts

1974 Burger King ads offer a study in contrasts

Advertising, Retrotisements
Here we have two 1974 Burger King ads, both from the same "Have It Your Way" campaign. They both feature BK employees wearing the same groove-tastic uniforms, and they were both shot at the same location. But see if you can spot the subtle difference in the way the two spots are produced and targeted. #1 -- Super Soulful BK #2 -- Super White Bread BK Now, crafting ads to appeal to a certain demographic is nothing new, so I'm not casting judgment here. All I'm saying is that if the BK from the first ad still existed today, I would eat there EVERY DAY. I would sit back, cram another Whopper down my gullet, and watch the Supremes-esque cashiers serenade me with their soulful voices. And I would be 300 pounds in no time.
Total freakout, maaaan!

Total freakout, maaaan!

Advertising, Rants
I've been known to enjoy one or two of these so-called "fast food" ham-burgers in my lifetime. I know they're no good for me, and I don't care. And sure, if something I order isn't prepared correctly or just not available, I have gotten annoyed. That's simply because I don't suffer incompetence lightly. But the level of betrayal exhibited by the people in Burger King's new "Whopper Freakout" ad campaign is simultaneously amusing and disturbing. Some customers were confused and mildly upset (Emo kid at the 1:11 mark) by the loss of the Whopper, while some became wistful and nostalgic (goatee dude at 3:18). And when their precious Whopper is secretly replaced with Folgers Crys...ur, another burger, some customers became downright apoplectic (start at 5:30). The campaign is su...