‘Legendary’ ads from yesteryear

This started as a sub-plot on the Politics thread, but I thought it was worth a thread of its own.

It started with this…

And here is the original ad…

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Some replies included links to the adverts…

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And I’ve picked a few links for some of the other suggestions…

Hamlet - Photo booth

Hamlet - Golf Bunker

Hamlet – Carlos Fandango
(Heard that name in a meeting yesterday, as a reference to something flashy but not practical.)

John Smiths

Carling Dambusters

Shake ‘n’ Vac

Charlie says

Mike

And in a similar vein

Coast Guard

Tunes

The Tunes one would lead me to Vicks…

”Course you can Malcolm.”

End of Part 1…

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Part 2

Paging @fruit_thief :wink:

”Looks like we’ve over done it with the sherry.”

Which would take me back here…

Guinness have often been in a class of their own.

Dancing man

Swimmer

Empty chair
(Not sure if this ever made it onto UK TV, I got the link from an American forum years ago)

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Lynx

That Lynx advert was certainly a step up from this old Insignia one.

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Part 3

Some choices from me…

Yellow Pages - “I were right about that saddle tho”

Hovis - “Real butter for tea”

The 70s in a bottle

Before ‘Point Break’ there was Old Spice – The mark of a man.

”Everyone is a fruit and nutcase"

Texas – ”It takes time to chew”
(But no time at all to remove your teeth/fillings.)

Ben & Mary

Cadburys Cream Egg

”No, Luton Airport”

”The ice melts.”

”Just one Cornetto!”

And the Boddington’s version.

Oxo Mum – ”Remember Preston?”

BT

”An ology”

”Not what you’d call all the rage.”

Pizza Hut

Levis

Blind Man

Laundrette

Honda Cog

Fire and Ice :sunglasses:
(Again, not sure if this made UK TV, as it was a ‘Prime Time’ Superbowl Commercial.)

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Love the Melanie Sykes boddingtons ad

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I’d not seen this one before…

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You’ll like this then:

It’s like they’re sticking a cock in your face.

Despite the copyright infringement this introduced me to one of my all time favourite songs:

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this one ended up getting banned in Oz

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:ok_hand:t2:

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The old Levi’s adds. Obvs nick kamen laundrette in 1980’s but early 90’s one hit wonder bands - stiltskin and babylon zoo

Interesting seeing in that short time span move from grunge to club in mainstream culture - early 90’s music moved along at a pace, partic in electronic music :headphones:

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PG Tips

Tour de France

Mr Shifter

Smash

Sugar Puffs

Cinzano

R Whites Lemonade

”Hope it’s chips, it’s chips.”

Golf GTI

Cassette Tapes

Video Tapes

And finally, another Pearl & Dean cinema advert…

Nescafe

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There were some great Peter Kay John Smith adverts - top bombing springs to mind, but this one tickled me :grinning:

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Not a classis yesteryear, but the Cliff bar advert should fit here.

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LEARN TO SWIM - YouTube :wink:
Green Cross Code 1 - YouTube

Thanks for setting this up @Paul_L there are some crackers here :slight_smile:

On iplayer there is a fantastic TV Documentary Series of 5 programmes called washes whiter. It charts the development of British TV ads from the 50s through I think to the 90s. Pretty much all the ads above are discussed; in many cases by the ad agency who created them.

It is absolutely fascinating; a real insight on how the country changed in that period and how this is reflected in its adverts. I really can’t recommend it highly enough :slight_smile: .

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“Go to work on an egg” Slogan written by Fay Weldon before she became a famous author

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