Columbia Tape & Record Club ad, circa 1970s.
I can't believe that after all these years I haven't ever gotten around to putting together a gallery of vintage St. Patrick's Day advertisements. Of course the fact that I'm not Irish may have something to do with that. But then again I'm not pagan and I've had a few Halloween galleries. Nevertheless, the time has come to cut the blarney and get on with it. So here's a lucky seven for St. Paddy's Day (sorry, no Guinness). Erin go Bragh! (For more Retrotisements, click here. To check out my gallery of holiday-themed ads, go here.) Kellogg's Rice Krispies (1941) Kenmor Music's "Clancy Lowered the Boom" (1950) Ten-B-Low Ice Cream (1950) Lucky Strike (1951) Hiram Walker's Cordials (1953) Kool-Aid (1961) Berkey (1970)
In which I explore some of the best -- and worst -- advertisements from vintage comic books. Today's ad comes from Beware #5 (September 1953), published by Trojan Magazines, and boldly declares, "Fat folks! Your dream has come true!" Now, I have some questions about this. What the hell is a Meltab? Are people really desperate enough to buy a weight loss remedy from an ad in a comic book. Why does the guy in the boxer shorts look like he's suffering from elephantiasis of the bladder, and how will Meltabs help him? But most importantly, who at this Robin Products Company thought that their target market -- and it's clearly women -- would be reading a kids' horror comic book featuring a werewolf on the cover? Related articles Comic Book Wallpaper: Witches Tales #2 (neatocoolvil
And we're back with another word from our sponsors! Here are all the commercials shown during the fourth ad break of WABC-TV Channel 7's airing of Von Ryan's Express on June 19, 1982. We've got ads for booze, makeup, mufflers, and... ballet? Actually, now that I think about it, that sounds like the makings of a pretty classy evening. Except the muffler bit. (Part three of our look back at these commercials is right here.) Oh, I just love it when square white people break out the Freixenet and get all frisky! (Carta Nevada sparkling wine) (Helena Rubinstein) That's a sweet collection of early '80s cars, is it not? And is that an old VW Rabbit? I think it is. (Midas) Like I said, classy is the operative word here. Any time you throw out ballet companies per