Tuesday, March 30, 2010

YouTube round-up, vintage ed.

Let's take a Winston break:



Getting on Mr. Big Stuff's case:



This isn't the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Brad:



Tea Party orgy:

13 comments:

dean said...

Wow, great roundup. Cigarette advertising in children's cartoons predates even me. Weird to think what tobacco companies used to get away with.

I haven't seen RHPS in years.

And Lawrence Welk - I like big band, have never liked Welk.

Erin O'Brien said...

Don Cornelius's suit, Jean Knight's hair, those yellow outfits, transvestites, Fred and Barney smoking ... what's not to love!

Kass said...

About that first video - what stone-age marketing genius thought stupid, lazy, wife-abusing men would want to buy cigarettes after that? Oops, I guess it was effective.

Colleen said...

I feel ashamed for the generation that watched that Winston commercial on their brand new television sets and found it inoffensive. I'm so relieved that this was well before my time.

Erin O'Brien said...

I am fairly certain the Fred and Barney commercial was less controversial than vanilla pudding--or the Lawrence Welk footage for that matter--when it debuted.

Big Mark 243 said...

Boy... talk about a trip thru Americana!!

Harry Finch said...

Honestly, I'd say that Mr. Welk's "keep a song in your heart' is pretty good advice.

The Flintstones was originally aimed at an adult audience (1960) and its first two seasons were sponsored by Winston. Primetime television characters pitching tobacco products did not seem unnatural at the time.

(Hello, Ms. O'B)

Hal said...

You know, maybe Lawrence Welk wasn't as square as you might think.

After all, his orchestra covered The Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray," almost flawlessly!

Kirk Jusko said...

And crawling on the planet's face,
Some insects called the human race,
Lost in time and space,
And meaning.

LimesNow said...

Don's 'fro and glasses are pretty darned attractive, too. I like a man who can sport that look and it's still fresh 35 years later.

Heidi said...

I think I might be traumatized by that Fred and Barney clip ...

Doug said...

Happy Birthday, O'Brien!

(What, am I the only facebooker here?)

HeyJoe said...

Wow, I remember watching Lawrence Welk as a kid. Love those yellow suits and white shoes! Yeah baby, YEAH!