Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 1

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.