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Television Ads of the 1970s

Cheesiness Guaranteed

Jan 23rd 2013 by Christopher via YouTube

Advertising From YouTube user ModCinema comes a selection of cheesy American television ads of the 1970s. The selection contains ads for among others Mister Tony’s Submarines, Space Mountain at Disneyland and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I do not know if I should be nostalgic or laugh. Do anyone of you remember these ads? The Shoe Closet (1976) Mr.Tony’s Submarines (1977) Tip 833-4000 (1977) Meyer: Your Treasure Chest Store (1977) Weight Watchers (1977) Easter Seal Society (1977) Federal’s Ear Piercing (1977) Space Mountain at Disneyland (1977) Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1977) Carter Country (1977) Buick Dealers (1977) ( continue reading... )

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The Cocktail Nation: RIP Lauren Bacall

Episode 324    Aug 24th 2014

Sad news last week of the passing of Lauren Bacall, so on this edition of the Cocktail Nation we will take a look at her life and times. News on what they call the “Steve McQueen effect”, news on a classic Cadillac dealership in trouble in Los Angeles, and I will take a look at what is happening on the neo lounge music scene from across the globe.

Advertising Spend anytime on the internet and you will find lots of vintage advertising with ironic witticism tagged on the picture as the blogger marvels at the sexism of vintage advertising. Perhaps it’s Mad Men that has led us to devour anything that seems vaguely retro but for some reason ads from the midcentury continue to be a source of amusement for those who think that they are oh so enlightened. Those reading the vintage commercials no doubt have a right “ol guffaw” at the commercials and exclaim that the Sexual Revolution changed all that for the better and that they ( continue reading... )


Advertising What were they thinking? These planners of a future, that was so futuristic, it was even ‘beyond’ tomorrow? Were these marvels of a better world to come? Or did they drink too much of their beloved Seagram’s whiskey before they sat down at their drawing boards? To be sure; many of the marvels forecast in Seagram’s 1940′s series of magazine advertisements have come true. Cell ( read more... )

Advertising There are few examples in advertising or pop-culture which are the idealization of American youth, affluence and style, better than the Pepsi print campaigns of the 1950′s. These magazine illustrations clearly marked out a sophisticated lifestyle and the beautiful stylish people that practiced it. The artistic style was colorful and simple with a few important details to tell the story. The setting was clearly urban, ( read more... )

Advertising While the rest of the Sterling Cooper staff attends a Kentucky Derby party thrown by Roger Sterling and new wife Jane, Peggy and the other writers are stuck in the office to brainstorm ideas for the Bacardi campaign. Bacardi is looking for five vacation situations for their overall concept “Daiquiri Beach.” Peggy and the boys sip on Bacardi for inspiration but find none. Copywriter Paul ( read more... )

Advertising Charles Schridde’s illustrations from the early 1960s for Motorola is a great example of the future that never was. The ads were often featured in Life Magazine and depicted a lush, comfy and elegant future, conveniently centered around various Motorola products. I for one, wouldn’t mind living in a pad like the ones Mr. Schridde envisioned. I guess the closest thing would be Disney’s House ( read more... )