Retro Commercial Jingles and Ads

By Penny Chavers


Slinky – 1960s

The old commercials from the past are fun to look back on. They can be amusing and quite reminiscent of our days when we were young. Some of our fondest memories as a child can be associated with one of these vintage commercials.

Do you remember the Slinky?

“Who walks the stairs without a care and makes the happiest sound; Everyone knows its Slinky. . .” as the jingle goes. The toy itself was made back in the 1940s by Richard James. It can do all sorts of “tricks” like walking down the stairs end over end, as it stretches out and snaps back together, with the help of gravity, and even appear to levitate when dropped. Being so simplistic, it’s surprising that it became so popular, not only as a toy, but also as a teaching tool in the classroom, and for physics experiments at NASA. The jingle for the commercial was created in 1962, with Johnny McCullough and Homer Fesperman writing the music, and Charles Weagly writing the words. It was the longest-running jingle in history.