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No More Rice Krispies!

Back in the late 1960s, Rice Krispies ran three opera-themed commercials, which are remembered as some of the most popular commercials of all time. I found two of them on YouTube (Pagliacci - Vesti La Giubba, and Madame Butterfly). The third one, which featured the Toreador song from Carmen, doesn't appear to be online. At least, I can't find it.

The Vesti La Giubba commercial is, by far, the most famous of the three, to the extent that whenever some people hear the song, they immediately think of the commercial. As reported by LA Times writer Diane Haithman in 2005:

at a Los Angeles Opera performance of "Pagliacci" ... instead of focusing on tenor Roberto Alagna singing the celebrated tears-of-a-clown aria "Vesti la giubba," I could only hear: "No more Rice Krispies! We are out of Rice Krispies ... "

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Apr 10, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Advertising, 1960's


Serve him plain rice and nothing else. He won't expect that.

The ads were part of a 1969 campaign by the Rice Council of America.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, 1960's

The Origin of Crash Test Dummies

Not the musical group.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 05, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Motor Vehicles, PSA's, Puppets and Automatons, 1960's

Passion of Spies

At the new nadir of USA-Russia relations, let us recall when things were even worse--and funnier!

I love the look and style of the artwork here.

The creator.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 01, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Cartoons, 1960's, Russia

The Pig Swing

Alas, today's factory farming of pork precludes such luxury treatment.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 27, 2014 | Comments (19)
Category: Animals, Farming, Technology, 1960's

Wham-O Wheelie Bar

What a cheat!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 11, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, 1960's

Space Age Hair Fashions

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 04, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Hair Styling, 1960's

The Great Garloo

How many toy trains sets were destroyed by Garloo? Although his fearsomeness is somewhat weakened by his receiving a smooch from the little girl.

In color!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 26, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Toys, 1960's, Fictional Monsters

Enjoy the Experience

This 2-disc compilation of "homemade recordings" is pure caviar for all WU-vies. Listen to more at the link below, then buy your copy--which features many other "hits"--soon!

YouTube playlist here.

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