Advertisements from long, long ago — M’m! M’m! Good! edition

15 Responses to Advertisements from long, long ago — M’m! M’m! Good! edition

  1. Hey, I remember when Pop Tarts were “new” — yes, I’m that old.

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  2. Sadje says:

    OMG! The good old days!

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  3. egorr says:

    Brings back memories – good ones…

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  4. Whole-lotta classic ads there, blue. Amazingly, most of them are so old they’re actually before my time!

    Do I remember Trix before the rabbit? I thiiiinnk so?

    Ah, thank you Wikipedia.
    Trix (variant on Kix) was introduced in 1954, but the rabbit debuted in a 1959 television commercial. I was around seven when the rabbit premiered. I thought so.

    The Fritos bag with the “Ask for ‘Free-tose'” pronunciation guide is hilarious.

    I would note that the personal-size bag is the proper container in which to make Frito chili pie.

    “Wouldn’t I be silly to make it myself?”

    Yes, silly. My grandmother “did everything but milk the cow” on their small farm, and had done a lot of gardening and canning. She told her son’s fiance, “Never can anything you can buy at the store.” (Miss you, g’ma C and aunt N)

    And, oh my! The look on the “plus-size” woman’s face in the Grape-Nuts ad is hilarious. Uh, oh, I mean, scandalous. (Forgot for a moment which decade I’m in.)

    Whereas that Aunt Jemima is just a marvelous and respectful celebration of African-American culture and dialect. Temptilatin’!

    Television snacks?

    Pop-Tarts introduced in 1964, originally without frosting. As shown here.

    Lucy capping it all off was excellent. From her glam days. Not as we came to know her, as Milady says, her hair up in some doo-rag and covered with paint or plaster or flour and her “waaaaah!” face. 😀

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    • Lucy was beautiful in her prime. I once saw her in a bit part in an old movie and didn’t even recognize her, because at the time I’d only seen her in her later comedic incarnations. I didn’t realize who she was until I saw her name in the closing credits.

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  5. I’m tempted to see in many of these ads the start of the obesity problems of today (the Grape-Nuts lady notwithstanding).

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  6. Very few ads are before my time these days. I might as well admit it. These bring back a lot of memories. 😀 — Suzanne

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  7. -Eugenia says:

    Wow! Blasts from the past! These are great.

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  8. Larry Geiger says:

    There was a Maxwell House place (factory?) in downtown Jacksonville. Park of downtown always smelled like coffee. At night they had a big blue coffee cup on the side of the building and a drop that was all lit up. You could see it across the river from Southside.

    Never had Stokelys beans. My mom only used fresh beans cooked with ham bones and bacon.

    Karo on our pancakes.

    Ovaltine. Like Tang, it was awful. Made our own chocolate milk from cocoa and sugar.

    Florida orange juice and Kelloggs Corn Flakes for breakfast everyday for years. My mom was not much for variety. We certainly never had Trix, Froot Loops, Sugar Frosted Flakes or any of that stuff.

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    • Well, you got a better start in life than I did, Larry. I was raised on Sugar Frosted Flakes for breakfast, Wonder Bread for lunch, and Jello every night at supper. My mother meant well, but she was unfortunately exactly the demographic that advertisers targeted with their slick campaigns to persuade women that food produced in factories was more nutritious than food grown the old-fashioned way. It’s a wonder I survived childhood, when all I ever consumed were empty calories.


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