The Von Ryan's Express of vintage 1982 TV commercials rolls on! This is the first half of the third ad break for the movie -- broadcast by WABC-TV on June 19, 1982 -- and it features spots for Kal Kan Mealtime, Diners Club, Miller Lite, and Ashford & Simpson. (Here are the first and second installments in case you missed them.) Of the four spots, my favorites are easily the Miller Lite and Ashford & Simpson one. The first is from Miller Lite's all-time great "Less Filling/Tastes Great" campaign that ran for many years and featured a host of sports legends. This one stars Ben Davidson, the great Oakland Raiders defensive lineman who also dabbled in film acting. He played Rexor, Thulsa Doom's second-in-command, in the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic Conan the Barbari...
Print advertisements, brochures, and TV commercials help give us a glimpse into the automotive past. Today’s ad collection shines a spotlight on the 1960 Ford Motor Company domestic American car lineup, which featured four main models — the brand-new, compact Falcon, full-size Fairlane and Galaxie, and the second-generation, luxury Thunderbird -- as well as the usual assortment of wagons and trucks. 1960 was a fairly significant year for Ford in terms of change. On the consumer front, the recently introduced Galaxie was completely remodeled, while the Falcon made its debut. The Falcon represented Ford's entry into the compact car market, and its development was spearheaded by company president Robert S. McNamara -- who in 1961 became United States Secretary of Defense under Presiden
Following up on the last installment, here's another group of vintage TV ads from a June 19/20, 1982 recording of Von Ryan's Express on WABC-7. This is the second commercial break, and it contains spots for Kool-Aid, Eastern Airlines (featuring a pre-Webster Emmanuel Lewis), Mobil Detergent Gasoline, and 9 Lives featuring Morris. If you want to see more awesome retro commercials, subscribe to my YouTube channel now! Related articles Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 1 (grayflannelsuit.net)
I finally got the urge to splurge on a new device -- the Ion Video 2 PC if you're curious -- to transfer my old VHS cassettes to digital format. So naturally the first thing I did was to hunt for old commercials so I could upload them to YouTube. Because screw old movies or sentimental stuff, right? This first batch has lasted for 30 years, believe it or not. They were recorded as part of a June 19/20, 1982 WABC-TV Channel 7 (New York) airing of the Frank Sinatra World War II classic, Von Ryan's Express. Included for your viewing pleasure are the classic late '70s/early '80s WABC Saturday Night Movie bumper and four spots from the first commercial break -- Acme Supermarket, Woolite, La Yogurt, and IHOP.
If you can lift this ancient VCR, you don’t need to Jazzercise.
What's this, another post with cigarette ads? Why yes it is, thanks for asking! Actually there is a bigger reason why I'm posting this -- the latest addition to my Ephemera project is now up. It highlights the wonderful merchandise and retro styling found in the 1968 Raleigh/BelAir cigarette coupon catalog. New sections will be published as quickly as I can scan them, so check back here (or on my Facebook page) for updates. We've got four late 1960s ads in this clip, featuring a pair of Brown & Williamson brands -- Raleigh and BelAir. The first two ads showcase the kind of natural, easygoing dialogue seen in dozens of commercials like them. The first BelAir spot was filmed in Palm Springs, California on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Since they're pushing a menthol brand, t...
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.
Yeah yeah, smoking's bad for you. But this stop-motion, square dancing classic from 1948 is very, very good for you. Seriously, what's not to love about this commercial? Well, other than the fact that it's promoting a deadly product of course. Oh yeah, speaking of Lucky Strike, they've got their own section on the main site. To see the rest of my Lucky Strike ads (including this one) and to find out how this commercial was inspired by a German abstract artist, check out the Tobacco Retrotisements home.
If you aren't one of the many McRib believers out there, now is your chance to find enlightenment. Now through November 14, McDonald's is unleashing one of their menu's white whales* on the American public. So if you've been missing a certain something in your life -- that something being soft, molded pork-like product slathered in BBQ sauce, onions, and pickles and served on a soft roll -- you can now fill that void. Just remember to stock up on antacid and toilet paper. But before you head out the door, join me for a quick look back at some McRib ads of yesterday. First up are a fun pair of spots from 1989: Hey I don't know about you, but McRibs always taste best in an Oldsmobile Firenza. And did you check out that Coke? Does McDonald's even sell soda in cups that small