Friday Fun: Vintage Ads Like You’ve Never Seen Before
Here’s a little #FlashbackFriday for everyone. Ever wonder how much our world has changed over the past decade? We’ve already seen how our office supplies have changed in today’s society, but what about other products we know and love? We’re talking about your favorite drink, snack brands, can’t-live-without gadgets and gizmos, and more. Marketing and advertisements have always existed, but the rules were a little different back then. To really hit it home, we scoured the internet to bring you the best vintage ads of the century. Ready for a blast from the past?
Motorala Television – 1951
Motorola introduced it’s first television around the 1950’s. It had a huge impact on the marketplace, offering glare guard screen display celebrity endorsements, stunning consoles, and more! Check out this vintage Motorola Television Commercial here. Although the headline “How television benefits your children” may not be exactly true today, this is just one example of how popular TV time was.
General Electric – 1950’s
General Electric remains one of today’s major appliance brands. From refrigerators to stoves, GE has a dependable reputation in the industry. However, when they first release their electric stoves in the 1950’s- it switch things up a little. Cooks no longer have to keep a constant eye on their meal preparations, giving them room to multitask.
Delta Airlines – 1959
Delta Airlines is known for exceptional airline service and their mission was also evident in the 1950’s. In this ad, they offer multiple stewardess to cater to the needs of their guests in their Royal Service Flights. Here’s a fun fact- this ad also served as a announcement. In 1958, Delta was the only airline that did not serve alcohol on flight. Now, everyone does!
PEZ Candy – 1930’s
PEZ Candy was invented in 1927 and was originally intended as a peppermint for bad breath. PEZ got its name from the German word for peppermint or “pfefferminz.” Today, this candy has become a global phenomenon. Candy fans from all over the world enjoy collecting unique PEZ candy dispensers. By the late 1970’s, PEZ began offering dispensers with interchangeable rubber heads, covering icons from the Disney Princesses, superheroes, popular animated characters, movie stars, and more!
French’s Doggie Donuts – 1967
Because who doesn’t love donuts? Now your furry little friend can enjoy one too! These donuts offer a crunchy bite-sized flare with a rich heavenly donut smell. (Yum…!) Although this product no longer exists today, we’re sure it was a big hit back in the day!
Nintendo – 1986
Who doesn’t remember Nintendo’s game system? Nintendo is known as one of the leading pioneers in the video game industry, and we’re even positive everyone has owned or played a Nintendo game before. The 8-bit graphics may be a little outdated in today’s world of video games, but the N64 would always have a place in our hearts! Check out this ‘rad’ TV commercial for the Legend of Zelda on Nintendo here for a double dose of #FlashbackFriday.
Coco-Cola – 1950’s
Did you know that Coke was originally marketed as healthy drink? It’s patent assure drinkers this ‘magical’ drink would cure nerve trouble, morphine addiction, and a series of minor illnesses. That belief is advertise in this ad, with a young 1950’s nurse offering viewers a glass of refreshing Coke. While the brand has changed it’s recipe (and marketing tactics) over the years, it’s still plays a huge role in today’s cold beverage industry.
Mars’ Candy – 1957
Here’s another throwback ad for those candy lovers out there. When Mars’ came out with their 3-flavor candy bar, it was a huge hit- especially with kids! Although this particular candy bar is known with a different name (we suspect it’s an early version of Snickers) today, Mars will continue to make great chocolate. More brands in their lineup include, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, M&M’s, Dove, Twix, and more!
Apple – 1977
Raise your hand if you own a iPhone! iPhones are amongst one of the most popular phones in today’s world. But does anyone remember how Apple started? They first became popular with their computer software. Today their computers are known officially as the “Mac,” but yesterday it had a different name. Say hello to the Apple II, a full appliance computer offered in retail.
Kaiser – 1902
The 1900’s was an era of ancient remedies and medicinal cures. Like this advertisement here for a mustache trainer. A tool to transform and perfect one’s stubborn ‘stache. We don’t know how effective it was, but the ad sure made us laugh! (Plus a Kaiser Trainer is only 50 cents! A steal or no?)
Van Camp’s – 1954
Not sure where advertisers were going with this one here. The particular shadowy slant of the little boy’s head makes us think there’s more to this ad than we think. Tasty beans or are they pure evil? Either way, Van Camp’s was a pretty popular choice back-in-the-day.
Du Point – 1950’s
When cellophane, or plastic wrap (as we know today), came out- it changed up the food industry. Cellophane offered a convenient to keep food fresh and free of germs and bugs. Over the years Du Point has tried various marketing ads, some strange, others a little confusing, but they were certainty leaders in the business. Cellophane alone accounted for almost 25% of Du Point’s annual profit!
Texas Instruments – 1980’s
As we became more advanced in the world, so did our technology. Introducing Texas Instrument’s home computer, offering you anything and everything you’ll need. The only thing you’ll be left wondering is How did these people get into my home? Today, the brand is not focused of manufacturing computers anymore, but a variety of appliances and software, including calculators.
7-Up – 1955
Soda so good, even babies can’t resist! After launching this particular ad, 7-Up representatives had to confirm “This young man is 11 months old — and he isn’t our youngest customer by any means!” (That’s a sigh of relief.) Today, 7-Up comes in a variety of flavors such as Diet, Cherry, and 7-Up Ten.