Retro Commercial Jingles and Ads

By | October 17, 2018

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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.

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McDonalds ad from the 1970s

Sounds “real good” especially for only a 15 cent burger.

You don’t see the golden arches anymore or the 15 cent burgers. McDonald's has been a popular fast food restaurant for many years. They have been known for their high standard of cleanliness as well as fast efficient service. But, unfortunately, most of them no longer hold to that standard. Back in the day, they were very strict when it came to how long the food sat under the lights. Numbered placeholders, representing minutes, would have to be moved that showed how long the food was sitting there, and after so many minutes, the food was thrown away. This was a way of making sure that the customers had hot fresh food. The workers were not allowed to stand around doing nothing or just chatting. If there were no customers, they were to be cleaning. These days it is not uncommon to see the employees just standing around or talking, while the lobby is dirty or the food just sits under the lights indefinitely. It is not just McDonald's but all fast food restaurants today.