Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Here's Another Kellogg's Ad

Here's a 1952 commercial featuring the then-existing lineup of Kellogg's Cereals.

Hey, Where Are The Hedy Lamarr and Constance Bennett Picture Rings?

Here's an early 1950s commercial for Kellogg's Pep cereal with a free picture ring in each box. 

Have A Brew!

Looks like a late 1950s commercial for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.


Me thinks that the National Football League may have signed its' Pro Bowl game's death warrant.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Here's Something To Make You Feel Old

Here are a pair of commercials from 1971, first, then-San Francisco Warriors star Jerry Lucas shows how easy you can shave with Rise Shaving Cream without water, then, a 30-second spot for Manpower Deodorant.

Wanna Shave?

This looks like a late 1950s commercial for the Schick  Power Shave electric shaver.

Want Some Beer To Go With Those Potato Chips, Bert?

From around 1960, here a Blatz Beer commercial with Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion from "The Wizard of Oz").

Time For Cubby, Boys And Girls!

From 1933, here's Cubby Bear starring in "Barking Dogs."  Produced in New York City by the Van Beuren studio and released theatrically by RKO Radio Pictures, this cartoon, with music by Gene Rodemich, was directed by the character's creator, Mannie Davis.


From around 1960, here's a commercial for Kool-Aid, directed by Tex Avery, narrated by Thurl Ravenscroft.

Want Some Cracker Jack, Jack?

From the late 1960s (or early 1970s) here's Jack Gilford starring in one of several commercials he did for Cracker Jack.

What a snotty kid.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Here's Something Totally Different

1963 commecial for Kellogg's Triple Snack cereal.

Here's A Blast From The Past

From 1969, here's a commercial for Pals Vitamins.  These animal-shaped fruit-flavored vitamins for the youngsters was marketed in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Bristol-Myers.

Quakes Foil Timbers Comeback At Santa Clara

At Santa Clara, California:

Goals from Victor Bernardez (PK-55') and Steven Lenhart (58') enabled the San Jose Earthquakes to hold off the visiting Portland Timbers 2-1 in Saturday night Major League Soccer action, despite finishing the contest with ten men (they lost Marvin Chavez, whose second yellow card in the space of two minutes resulted in a red-card ejection in the 86th minute).

Darlington Nagbe scored the lone Portland goal in the 84th minute.

The Timbers will play host to the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Cascadia Cup clash this coming Saturday at 8:00 PM Pacific Time.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Predators Rout VooDoo, Clinch Playoff Berth; End New Orleans' Season

At Orlando, Florida:

The Orlando Predators (7-11) locked up the last remaining Arena Football League playoff berth on Saturday with a 71-42 home victory over the New Orleans VooDoo (5-13), ending the visitors' season.

Chalk Up Another Win For The Roughriders: Saskatchewan Tops Ti-Cats Again, This Time At Guelph

At Guelph, Ontario:

Drew Willy threw for three touchdowns on Saturday night as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-0) defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-4) 32-20 in Canadian Football League action.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wanna Make Your Hair Neater?

Here's a 1950s commercial for Vitalis Hair Tonic.

Would You Buy Car Wax From These Guys?

Here's a 1960 commercial for Simoniz Instant Car Wax with The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Joe DeRita).

Let's Go To Disneyland

Here's a kinescope of the complete ABC Network telecast of the July 18, 1955 opening of Disneyland, hosted by Art Linkletter.

Don't Forget To Take Your Vitamins

Here's a commercial for chewable Chocks Vitamins which first aired in 1963.  The panda was voiced by ventriloquist (and Jerry Mahoney's sidekick) Paul Winchell; the cuckoo bird by Dick Beals.

Just How Many Raisins?

In living color, from the mid-to-late 1960s, here's a commercial for Post Raisin Bran, featuring The Raisin Counters!

The Birth Of Rap?!

From circa 1955, here's a commercial for E-Z Pop Popcorn.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Here's A Blast From The Past

From the early 1960s, here's a commercial for General Mills' Twinkles cereal, with the storybook package.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Here's The Chef Himself

In this 1956 commercial, here's Chef Hector Boiardi himself, talking about Chef Boy-ar-dee Ravioli.

Here's Something Yummy!

Here's a commercial for Chef Boy-ar-dee Spaghetti Sauce which aired during a 1955 CBS Network Telecast of Love of Life.

Blast From The Past

From 1958, here's an early commercial for Tang Instant Breakfast Drink, with animation from United Producers of America (UPA).

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Time For Some Champagne Music

In this kinescope clip from a 1958 ABC Network telecast of Lawrence Welk's Saturday night Dodge Dancing Party, here are the Champagne Music Makers with "Soft Lights and Sweet Music."


Dennis Farina, Cop-Turned-Actor, Starred On "Law and Order," R.I.P.

Dennis Farina, a 20-year veteran of the Chicago police department who became an actor, then later starred as a detective on such television series as Law and Order and Crime Story, passed away on Monday at Scottsdale, Arizona at age 69.

Mr. Farina's publicist announced his passing.  She said that Dennis had recently had a blood clot in his lung.

For A Smooth, Close Shave..........

Try Williams' Letric Shave.

1960s commercial.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Time For A Rare TV Treat

Here's a kinescope of the June 3, 1950 DuMont Network telecast of Cavalcade of Stars, hosted at the time by comedian Jerry Lester (who left the show and network shortly thereafter to become one of the headliners on NBC's Broadway Open House; he would be replaced by Jackie Gleason).

Among Jerry's guests that night, which marked the series' one-year anniversary, were actors John Garfield, Kim Stanley, and Jane Pickens, as well as ventriloquist Paul Winchell (and his sidekick Jerry Mahoney).  Don Russell, who was a DuMont staff announcer, appeared as a pharmacist for the show's producers, Drugstore Television Productions (representing several regional drug-store chains).


From The Days Before Smartphones, Text Messaging, And The Internet...

Here's a 1956 industrial film, "Morse Code and the Telegraph."

Is Your Dog Smarter Than You?

Here's an early 1960s commercial for Gaines Multi-Menu Dog Food.

Voice of Dog and Master by Paul Frees.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Roughriders Run Roughshod Over Visiting Ti-Cats

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

Quarterback Darian Durant threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday, two of them to receiver Rob Bagg, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-0) continued their undefeated start to their Canadian Football League campaign with a 37-0 smackdown of the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-3).

For A Treat Instead Of A Treatment..........

Well then, as this 1952 commercial with Dennis James suggests, smoke Old Gold Cigarettes.

Yes, that's the Dancing Old Gold Cigarette Pack and the Dancing Matchbox, joining Dennis in this commercial.

Live Modern, Smoke L&M

Are you kiddin'?

1962 commercial for L&M Cigarettes.

Drink Tang, Gang!

Early 1960s commercial for Tang Instant Orange Breakfast Drink.

Yum Yum!

Here's A Cereal Shot From Guns---Not Created By Witchcraft

In a commercial that aired during an ABC Network telecast of Bewitched from the 1964-65 season, here's Dick York (as Samantha's wife, Darrin) extolling the virtues of Quaker Puffed Wheat and Quaker Puffed Rice----those cereals that were allegedly shot from guns.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Say, Kids!

How about a trip to Burger Chef?

1971 television commercial for the now-defunct restaurant chain.

VooDoo Fall To Sharks At Home; Must Beat Predators In Orlando To Make Playoffs

At New Orleans:

Quarterback Bernard Morris accounted for seven touchdowns without committing a turnover on Saturday night as the Jacksonville Sharks (11-6) defeated the New Orleans VooDoo (5-12) 58-49 on the road in Arena Football League action..

The VooDoo must defeat the Orlando Predators next Saturday on the road in their regular-season finale in order to qualify for the American Conference playoffs.

Timbers Withstand Weather Delay, Get Point On Road After Scoreless Draw Against Philly

In Saturday Major League Soccer action, the Portland Timbers gained a 0-0 road draw with the Philadelphia Union.  The start of the second half of the contest was delayed for 45 minutes due to lightning and a driving rainstorm.

The Timbers will visit the San Jose Earthquakes at Santa Clara, California next Saturday.

The Hornets May Be Returning To Charlotte....

However, they'll be stuck with the Bobcats' rotten reputation and record (one winning season and one playoff appearance in nine years).

Maybe they should have been renamed the Charlotte Pickles instead.

Friday, July 19, 2013


In this kinescope clip from a 1958 ABC Network telecast of Lawrence Welk's Top Tunes and New Talent, here's Bill Page performing "London Bridge Is Falling Down" with eleven different reed instruments.

If only Bill tried to play all those instrument simultaneously.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Stoppage-Time Goal Carries Timbers Past Galaxy; Portland Now Second In MLS West

At Portland, Oregon:

Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored the winning goal in second-half stoppage time (90'+4) on Saturday night night as the Portland Timbers battled from behind to overcome the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 in a nationally-televised Major League Soccer contest.

The Timbers, who climbed up to sole possession of second place in MLS' Western Conference standings, will visit the Philadelphia Union for a match next Saturday.

VooDoo Snake-Bitten By Rattlers In Arizona

At Phoenix:

Nick Davila threw for seven touchdowns on Saturday night as the Arizona Rattlers (14-2) locked up the Western Division title and home-field advantage throughout the Arena Football League's National Conference with their 79-42 frontier-styled fist-beating of the visiting New Orleans VooDoo (5-11).

Friday, July 12, 2013


This was on a local mid-day newscast that aired on Friday over Oakland, California TV station KTVU.  The station soon afterward apologized.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Chalk Up Another Win For The Roughriders As Saskatchewan Knocks Off Argos In Toronto

At Toronto:

Before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent lower-body injury, quarterback Darian Durant completed 14 of 19 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-0) knocked off the defending Grey Cup champions Toronto Argonauts (1-2) 39-28 on the road in the lone Thursday night Canadian Football League contest.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

To Help Prevent The Development Of A Cold.........

Be sure to gargle with Listerine antiseptic mouthwash. 1950's television commericial that aired during an ABC Network telecast of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Want Some Beer To Wash Down Your Cereal?

In a commercial that probably first aired in the mid-to-late 1950s, here's a commercial for Hamm's Beer (from the Land of Sky Blue Waters), plus bowling tips from the Hamm's Bear himself.

Here's A Good Idea Whose Time Should Have Come

Here's a 1963 TV commercial for the short-lived Post Corn Flakes with Strawberries.

Here's A Word From Our Sponsor

From circa 1963, here's a television commercial for Post Rice Krinkles, with So-Hi hawking a little toy rickshaw, which was inside each specially-marked  box.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Streak Ends: Columbus Pulls Plug On Timbers 15-Match MLS Unbeaten Run 1-0 At Home

At Columbus, Ohio:

The Columbus Crew, with Bernardo Anor scoring the only goal of the match in the fifth minute, ended the Portland Timbers' 15-game Major League Soccer unbeaten streak (18 in all competitions) 1-0 on Sunday.

The Timbers, who played with ten men after Pa-Modou Kah picked up his second yellow card in the 11th minute, forcing his red-card ejection from the match.

Portland will try to get back on track next Saturday as they host the Los Angeles Galaxy in a nationally televised match (NBCSN).

Saturday, July 06, 2013

VooDoo Knock Off Blaze In Utah, Stay In Playoff Chase

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

The New Orleans VooDoo (5-10) picked up their fourth win in their last six Arena Football League starts on Saturday night with their 63-49 road win over the Utah Blaze (5-10).

Friday, July 05, 2013

Riders Win Season Opener Over Stamps

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

Running back Kory Sheets ran for 133 yards and a touchdown while quarterback Darian Durant threw for two more TDs (completing 26 of 34 passes for 253 yards) as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-0) overcame a 21-14 halftime deficit, scoring 22 unanswered points along the way, and defeated the visiting Calgary Stampeders (1-1) 36-21 Friday night in their Canadian Football League home opener.

Be Sure To Watch The Bugs Bunny Show On ABC!

1960 ABC Network promo for The Bugs Bunny Show.

Craftsmanship With A Flair

Here's a commercial for the 1956 Studebaker, featuring the President Classic.

Yumpin Yiminy!

Here's Frankie Masters and his orchestra with "The Hut-Hut Song (A Swedish Serenade)."  With vocal by The Swingmasters, this record was cut in New York City on May 19, 1941.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

Here's a 1952 TV commercial for Nucoa margarine.  Until the 1950s, vegetable-colored yellow margarine was illegal in most states.  In 1953, New York State finally permitted yellow-colored margarine.  Kenny Roberts is the announcer here.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Here's A Word From Our Sponsor

Here's a 1957 commercial for Peter Pan Peanut Butter starring Tinker Bell.  Voiceover by Cliff (Ukulele Ike) Edwards.  The commercial probably aired during an episode of the ABC Network's Disneyland series.

A Rare Find

From GAG Films in 1935, here's a Les Elton cartoon starring Picolo Pete as "The Hobo Hero."

Monday, July 01, 2013

What's The Matter, Cliff? Got An Allergy?

Here's a 1962 commercial for Allerest allergy medicine with veteran comedy character actor Cliff Norton.

What?! No Pizza Stix??

From 1969, here's a commercial for Bird's Eye Beffy Pick-Up Stix.

Before There Was Wheat Chex....

There was Shredded Ralston (the name was changed to Wheat Chex around 1951, around the time that Rice Chex was introduced). Here's a 1945 magazine ad featuring a letter from singer Morton Downey.


From the mid-1960s, here's a commercial for Pre-Sweetened Kool Aid, starring Bugs Bunny (voiced by Mel Blanc) and Elmer Fudd (voiced by Hal Smith) plus additional voice characterization by Paul Frees, directed by Tex Avery and animated by Rod Scribner.