Forty Commercial Minutes from 1969

An absolutely fascinating time capsule of absurdity, sincerity and mendacity in a vanished era.

Note how much pop culture had infiltrated advertising, such as the YELLOW SUBMARINE-style animation in several cases.

     Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 28, 2020
     Category: Advertising | 1960s

I remembered more of those than I thought I would (I was 10 in 1969).

Ring Around the Collar sure seems like a solution in search of a problem. Who looks at the inside of your collar? The Trix ad I don't remember, and I'm sure I would have, if they were offering models of WWII planes. Even 10 yr old me would've registered "Stuka and Zero? But they were the BAD guys!"

The Jeno's ads were famous at the time, especially the 1st one. Ads were never that funny then, and they went straight after the most annoying kinds of ads to parody. I'll bet the same ad agency created the Alka Seltzer ads of a few years later ("Mama mia, that's-a spicy meatball!"). When I was maybe 13, I took a survey of my class to name the Most Irritating Ads of the time. I called it "The Barfy Awards." I'm sure I still have a copy of the results somewhere. I think "Don't squeeze the Charmin" was the narrow winner.
Posted by Bill the Splut on 06/29/20 at 12:06 AM
Wow... definitely a mix of styles here, from straight-up ads that would have been at home a decade earlier (and even in black and white!) to the really trippy ones that are clever even today. The products themselves are a blast from the past: cigarettes, film cameras, sugary cereals, cars the size of aircraft carriers, and Tang! Plus, there seem to be lots of ads for stomach remedies; come to think of it, I haven’t seen an ad for Alka Seltzer in years.
Posted by Brian on 06/29/20 at 09:41 AM
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