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Topic: Vintage

Mello Yello quite happy to be a '70s burnout

Dusting off an old—pardon me, retro—logo is a popular answer to sagging brand recognition, but can it work if the brand has all but fallen off the face of…

Vintage ads capture VCRs in all their glory

Remember when VCRs were the centerpiece of home-theater technology? Of course not, because the continents hadn't broken apart yet. Good thing we can learn about those primitive times with…

Orson Welles drunk in commercial outtakes

Here's some amusingly awkward footage of Orson Welles on the set of a commercial for Paul Masson wines. If nothing else, you can't fault him for not doing extensive…

'Toy Story 3' bear gets fake '80s commercial

Pixar has made the jarringly accurate fake commercial below, purportedly from 1983, for Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, one of the toys that appears in the upcoming Toy Story 3. The attention…

Obama advisers mix up their aftershave ads

"You could see it in their faces," he said. "It was kind of like that Old Spice ad where the guy smacked himself on the cheeks and said, 'Wow, that…

10 best celebrity computer ads of the 1980s

When geek-culture blog Topless Robot dug up the Prime Computer ads above, from 1980, featuring Tom Baker's classic incarnation of Dr. Who (and his equally classic sidekick, Lalla Ward as…

Sea-Monkeys are back, just as weird as ever

Apparently believing no generation should be denied the joys of brine shrimp, Transcience and marketing shop Gertrude Inc. are reintroducing Sea-Monkeys, those "instant pets" first marketed back in 1957.…

Jackson hair-on-fire footage finally unveiled

Video footage of one of advertising's seminal moments has finally been leaked 25 years later—that of Michael Jackson's hair catching on fire, due to mistimed pyrotechnics, at a 1984…

A little ultraviolence improves any coffee ad

Boing Boing linked to a series of old, excessively violent Wilkins Coffee commercials created by Jim Henson way back in 1957. The spots depict two characters, Wilkins and Wontkins. Wontkins…

Tetris: five cheesy ads to celebrate 25 years

It's been 25 years since Alexey Pajitnov, then a 29-year-old artificial intelligence researcher, came up with Tetris while working at the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow. "A quarter of…

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