Advertisements from long, long ago — For the Children™ edition

26 Responses to Advertisements from long, long ago — For the Children™ edition

  1. Ubi Dubium says:

    I’m pretty sure that I had a pair of those Sears sneakers. They at least were a step up from the generic Keds that my mom had been getting me, but they were the least stylish sneakers out there. My little sister had a Dressy Bessy. Her clothes had buttons and snaps and zippers and laces, for little kids to practice on.

    And that pink dress from Sears! I had dresses cut like that, and they were miserable. They were way too short and there was no way to sit down without them hiking up. So you had to wear tights with them, and that was miserable when it was hot. Totally impractical. And so unflattering! The 70’s were a miserable time for children’s fashion. Thank goodness things were better for my kids.

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  2. ibikenyc says:

    I was given only 7-Up when I got soda at all. Back then, it was considered a treat. Also got it when I was sick in bed.

    Also remember Sears’ Chubby clothes. Every summer, my mother would get me different-colored sets of polyester doubleknit shorts with matching striped tops. They eventually came up with a line called “Junior Plenty,” for older girls.

    Love the urgings to give sugar to a hangry kid and to “start cola earlier!” Imagine the hue and cry that’d raise nowadays!

    As always, Bluebird, love these! Thanks for posting 🙂

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  3. Kara Aharon says:

    This explains so many of our generation’s problems.

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  4. Sugar, cookies, cake, and soda pop — it’s what growing kiddies crave! Especially Cranky Betty. (Hydrox was far better than late-comer Oreo, though.)

    But, that Hallmark Birthday Party! Big cake, lots of whatever on the table, mom, a doll, and a lonely, friendless little birthday girl. Wheee!

    Also wondering about the thirteen ginger kids. Hmmm.

    Fun collection, BoB.

    BTW, thanks to you my video of Charlie and Ony has suddenly jumped from 11 views to 186. No, wait, 188! That’s relatively viral!

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  5. John Holton says:

    I’ve seen some ads showing kids drinking beer… I guess it was a thing back in the ’30’s and ’40’s.

    I always liked Hydrox cookies better than Oreos. The cookies were crisper and there wasn’t as much stuff in the middle.

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  6. My grandkids are now playing with that old phone, a hand-me-down from my sons when they were tots. Made when things were supposed to last!

    I had a good laugh over “Struck oil, Pop?” I remember that one. The expressions on their faces are too much!

    Priceless memories, Blue! 💙

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  7. jenny_o says:

    I wonder if Vicks still has turpentine in it?!! Soothing vapours, straight to the lungs . . . yes, indeedy …

    Hydrox sounds more like a cleanser than a cookie. I don’t recall ever seeing those, but from the comments it sounds like they were good.

    And cola for babies. eek! And guns and chubby-sizes (that don’t look at all chubby) and sugar-loading for Cranky Betty. Tsk 🙂

    These are eye-opening and educational, but not in the way their creators probably envisioned them years ago 😀

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  8. Jennie says:

    I remember!

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  9. J P says:

    That mercurichrome used to STING.

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