Backside et moi, we were 12 sixty years ago when ITV first appeared, gracing our 12″ b & w telly.
I recall ads for the TV Times – a household must now, with two national channels!
Otherwise which brands stick in the furthest recesses of the old memory? Cigarettes. ‘You’re never alone with a Strand.’ Was that on the box? ‘You’ll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent!’ That was. Hamlet cigars. Black Magic chocs. And probably some more when I’ve had a couple of pints.
What do you remember? 😏
19 thoughts on “The first tv commercials”
Oh and the too-good-to-hurry mints, don’t forget the fruit gums, mum and snap crackle and pop. Holidays? Butlins.
Not quite your vintage Janus and certainly not your neck of the woods, but I suspect some of the ads we had were the same as yours. We certainly had the Pepsodent commercial.
Drinka pinta milka day, never grow old.
Rowntrees Fruit-gums last the longest, that’s why we all say, don’t forget the fruit-gums mum, don’t forget the fruit-gums…..mum. (argh, I have just seen that you have posted this one).
A man would walk a mile for a camel. (David Cameron would do the same for a pig, according to Lord Ashcroft)
Which reminds me of Rolf Harris.
‘Bestiality’s best boys,
(shag a wallaby)…..’
The two that stick in my mind the most are
A double diamond works wonders, works wonders…the ads were very good.
The Milky Bar kid is tough and strong……
oh, and of course Ms Boyle with her soft hands.
oh yeh, and there was that chocolate bar that helps you work, rest and play.
Hands that do dishes will feel soft as your face – with new, green……… 😏
Katie was the daughter of an Italian Marquis
Janus, you have started something now 🙂
And the best of all:
One of the earliest and best was the chimps series for Brooke Bond tea.
In my early years I considered television to be an utter waste of time and could stomach no more than 5 minutes of it. My views are little different today.
The telly in 1955 was a curiosity comparable with the first home PCs and first cellphones. Hard to imagine, I expect.
Christopher: Try working on your concentration span a little. There are some very good documentaries and films on TV……not to mention Strictly 🙂
Janus: I am still fascinated by the internet, but then again I guess it is ever changing and developing.
To be fair, as a young man I rarely watched tv, except for the 5 nations rugby and the Ashes tests.
As for t’net, it’s the modern library – and some as they say. The best thing since wha’ever!
ah! Bread! The Hovis advert.
Gaz: yes, I can tolerate documentaries and some higher-quality programming. At the moment I get none of it — only very mediocre Chinese television which is at least half the time vapid, poorly-produced anti-Japanese propaganda.
Akshully, having had dealings with the EPA, I would be surprised the Yanks tried such a scam. But I saw in today’s Indy that they have been infringing European safety codes.
Not so much an an ad, more of a song: “The Esso sign means happy motoring, happy motoring”
Indeed, PG! And a lovely morning for it, it is, too! 😎
We’re going well
We’re going Shell
(deep voice) The oil in the engine’s Shell