Weird Ads from “Back In the Day” #1

Welcome to the first installment of “Weird Ads from Back in the Day”, where I give you some weird old ads I found on You Tube.  Today’s episode is all about some odd ads from the 1960s.  I was born in 1970, so kids, I am just as baffled as you are.

The first ad is on old ad for General Mills “Country Corn Flakes” which feature some very odd mutant farm animals, the couple from the American Gothic painting begging you to please buy their cornflakes, and arguably the hookiest jingle ever.

Our next ad for Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head isn’t weird.  But if your parents or grandparents ever told you that in their day, Mr. Potato Head was a real potato, they weren’t kidding.  In my day, Mr. Potato Head was the plastic toy we all know and love.

This next ad is for a contraption called the “Swing Wing”.   A more appropriate name for this would be the Whiplash Master 5000.   Years later, people would be doing this same motion at heavy metal concerts, only without the aid of a dorky looking beanie.

In spite of the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Act being passed in the 1960s, blatant racism was a-ok in TV commercials.    Watch this and cringe.

I’m not sure how a screeching howler monkey taunting this lion would get me to buy this cereal.   And are they on a fire base in ‘Nam?

It’s a Sloppy-a-Joe-Go!  Features a lame attempt at forcing a dance craze and some slang into the vernacular of the day.

And finally, if you’re a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, here is the origin of the “I thought you were Dale” riff.  Mrs. Burke is the original cougar.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. laughwithsarah
    Sep 13, 2009 @ 15:12:32

    Wow! These old commercials are a hoot and bewildering at the same time . . . Libby’s making a new dance?? What’s with the Swing Wing?? All I can say is . . . I hope his parents had good insurance! LOL Great post . . . I can’t wait to read your other posts. :o)