Coupla other things: my review of the springy debut album from the bird and the bee has been posted at So Much Silence. Also, I’ve uploaded my first YouTube clip: the super-groovy opening titles from the 1972 TV movie Probe, previously discussed here. Motion graphics and Elke Sommer — what could be better?
Digging around at Pringles.com revealed a few interesting tidbits about how they market around the world. Australia has a tomato and mozzarella flavor (why not call it pizza?). Paprika and Thai seasonings seem to be popular flavors across Europe. The European light chips are crypitically named “Light Aromas”. Coolest of all, you can get ketchup flavor Pringles in Canada. Color me jealous. And YouTube has a bevy of vintage commercials: an older ad hawking the “newfangled” potato snack, a gloriously cheezy computer-themed spot, and another one with an unknown Brad Pitt playing a surfer dude.
That brings to mind another old electronic game from that period: Merlin (at first I thought it was called Mr. Merlin, but no that name belonged to a short-lived TV sitcom from back then). Every Christmas Eve, my parents would let me and my brothers open one gift early. On one such year I picked a gift from my grandparents, and I was truly excited to find that it was a Merlin. You could play tic tac toe on it! Anyway, dig the jingle on this one. Those old commercial jingles are manna from heaven.
At flickr, I’ve just posted some scans from a 1956 McCall’s magazine fashion shoot taken at Disneyland — 1, 2, 3. And don’t miss the sweetened goodness collected at the Sugar Frosted Cereal Museum. Now I need myself a bowl of Cap’n Crunch.
Our next bit is one of those “message” pieces that the FCC forced producers of kiddie programs to do in order to make their crappily animated shows appear less like toy commercials. In this case we have She-Ra and He-Man warning children about the dangers of sexual predators. Let the hilarity begin!
Were I sent back in time to the ’39 Fair, I would probably make a beeline for the Donut Pavilion, where fairgoers could eat a plate of donuts served by waitresses in donuty costumes. The restaurant was sponsored by Mayflower Donuts and Maxwell House Coffee; eBay has the menu up for auction. My mouth is watering just thinking of it.