By my count this will be at least the third gallery of vintage Halloween advertisement I've shared here, although it's been a long time since the last one. So let's scare up a good time by checking out some spooky ads from years gone by!
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
Circa 1940s, here are two fantastic cardboard cut-out advertising signs for Whistle Orange Soda. Whistle, a Vess Beverage Company product, was developed by a Vess salesman named Charles Leiper Grigg in 1919/1920. Grigg went on to invent what became 7 Up. As far as I can tell, both Vess sodas and Whistle are still being sold. Both of these signs feature the well known "Thirsty? Just Whistle" tagline. The first one in particular is just so spectacular to look at. For more auction finds, click here.
Here's a really neat 7 Up billboard ad from the good folks at Duke University Libraries. It touts the soda in can form, and features a really fun typeface and mid-century style drawing of the sun. The one thing I'm not sure of is the date. Take a look: Based on the use of the "Fresh Up" and "You Like It -- It Likes You" slogans, I'd put this ad somewhere in the early to mid 1950s (not sure where "canvenient" fits in). If I knew the makes and years of the cars seen here I could narrow it down. But regardless, this is one nifty billboard spot.
I've been known to enjoy some decaffeinated coffee from time to time, but I just can't see making it a regular thing. But for those who love the taste but can't handle the buzz, I guess it's good Sanka is around. The Sanka brand came out of France in the early 20th century, and its name is derived from the French words for "without caffeine," or "sans caféine." As history tells it, the credit for decaf goes to a team of German researchers led by Ludwig Roselius. In 1914, Roselius founded his own company, called Kaffee Hag Corporation, in New York. When Kaffee Hag was confiscated during World War I -- sorry, Germans! -- and sold to an American firm, Roselius lost not only his company, but also the American trademark rights to the name. To re-establish his product, he began to use the
The General Mills Corporation started producing a little-known, citrus-flavored drink mix called Tang in 1959. It sold pretty poorly for more than half a decade, until the company noticed that it was being used by NASA's Gemini space program. They latched onto that as a marketing angle, and fifty years later Tang is still synonymous with outer space and astronauts. So much so that many people mistakenly believe that Tang was developed for the space program. It didn't take long for General Mills to cash in on the 1969 moon landing, as this ad demonstrates: Notice the little blurb at the bottom that says "Chosen for Apollo astronauts in outer space"? Makes for a great sales pitch, except it's not entirely true. According to both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, Tang was not on