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Retrotisements: Playoff baseball edition

Retrotisements: Playoff baseball edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
What could possibly be more American than watching playoff baseball in October?  Using baseball to hawk merchandise, that's what.  Here's a collection featuring the great American pastime.  And by that I mean baseball, not advertising.  Maybe. I've seen some strange wallpaper choices in my day, but the "Ghost of Bill Dickey" collection has to be the strangest.  And it sure as hell can't be good for your appetite.  And are those cantaloupes in that bowl of Grape-Rocks? (Post Grape-Nuts Flakes, 1956) Apparently Jim Britt is something of a broadcasting legend in the New England area, so I can't really bag on him for pitching cigarettes.  It's just a neat old ad, and certainly the type of thing you wouldn't see today even without all the advertising restrictions placed on tobacco
Retrotisements: Prohibition Repeal Edition

Retrotisements: Prohibition Repeal Edition

Retrotisements
Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the practical end of Prohibition in the United States. On that day in 1933 -- eight months before the passage of the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution -- it became legal brew and sell beer with 3.2 percent alcohol by weight (4.0 percent by volume). For reference purposes, a can of regular Budweiser is 5.0 percent alcohol by volume. To celebrate this auspicious occasion I've grabbed a sample of beer ads throughout the years. Because I know how to party. (The main site has many more vintage alcohol ads for your viewing pleasure.) Hamm's From the Land of Sky Blue Waters (Minnesota) comes this vintage TV ad for Hamm's combines a few of my favorite commercial elements -- wonderful animation and a super-catchy jingle. Sascha, th...
Less talk, more mop: Sassy domestic servants in TV history

Less talk, more mop: Sassy domestic servants in TV history

TV & Radio
Maids. Butlers. Housekeepers. Whatever name they go by, the landscape of TV history is full of memorable ones. But what usually makes them memorable is not their acumen with a broom or their skill with a can of Pledge. No, what we remember them for are being the perfect foils to poke holes in the well-to-do bosses' egos, while providing catharsis for legions of viewers with at least a bit of class envy. Benson DuBois (Soap/Benson) - The urbane and tidy Benson DuBois got his start as a butler on Soap, before moving into the governor's mansion on his own self-titled show in 1979. And let's face it - when the show is named after you, and you are somebody's servant, the wisecracks will surely fly. But after spending six years cleaning up for Governor Gatling (a George W. Bush protot...