Category Archives: Food and Drink related ads!

Non-toy ad Tuesday: office cats and the munchies

“Be careful of what you put into your mouth.”

Interplanetary Federation Supermarket Customer Advice Proverb.

A TVTA Food, Drink and Snack special report!

Most office cats are content to work the bare minimum – catch mice, make tea, answer the phone, that type of thing. Not so Wooof… TVTA’s faithful feline has just spent the past three weeks down in the archives searching for vintage adverts and other retro paperwork goodies!

Any luck? I asked him as he emerged from the basement dressed in dust, cobwebs and, bizarrely, a 1980 R2-D2 Thermal Underoos set.

Yes, replied the cat, I have enough ads to keep us busy the whole of the summer. He showed me the tartan suitcase which he had lugged up the stairs. I opened it. It was full of vintage adverts. Excellent.

There are no clown adverts are there? I asked him.

Goodness, no, replied the cat.

Only, the last time we made a Non-toy ad Tuesday post, I seem to recall some very disturbing images of clowns and other odd stuff.

Don’t worry, said Wooof. It’s completely clown-free. I’ve checked. There’s nothing odd at all. Just perfectly normal food, drink and snack adverts.

You’re not lying?

I’m not lying. Now get scanning. We’ve deadlines to meet!

Righto, I replied.

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Cue sounds of scanner…

 

sounds like…

 

Stur stur smag!

 

Stur stur smag!

 

Stur stur smag!

 

 

Denmark. 1983.


In other disturbing news,

TV Cereal Killer caught on film.

Denmark. 1988.


Salty Spunk liquorice lozenges hit the streets…

Denmark. 1977.


Victory V. Suck it and see.

UK. Running. 1986.


Superman action strip colouring contest with Trebor chews.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.


Snit dig en Cool burger!

Denmark. 1984.


Philips kitchenware 1980s style!

UK. Mobil Gifts Catalogue. 1986.


Frisk! Stimorol chewing gum.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Frisk! 80s!

Denmark. 1984.


M&M’s. The milk chocolate melts in your mouth not in your hands.

US. X Factor, 1987.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1984.


Tonimalt. French malt drink favourite with Ulysse 31 (Ulysses 31) promotion.

France. Journal de Mickey. 1983.


Another gloriously nonsensical Hostess Superhero ad! This one’s going straight into the collection Hostess Superhero ads

US. 1976.


Weetabix

UK. Prima. 1987.


Tom and Jerry get licked!

Denmark. 1983.


So eighties!

Denmark. 1988.


Soft drinks galore!

1. Fanta. Denmark. 1978.

Fast forward a couple of decades later…

Absolutely Fabulous. BBC.co.uk/abfab.


2. 7UP. Denmark. 1977.

3. Coke. UK. 1979.

4. Pepsi-Cola. Denmark. 1978.

And finally, we end this post with a giraffe. It’s not often we can say that. Or this…

5. Schwip Schwap!


If you are interested in learning more about food, drink and snacks then why not visit your local supermarket where many examples can be viewed free by the public. Don’t forget to take along your pencils and a sketch pad in case you wish to make notes and illustrations for your school project. Or why not ask the supermarket manager if you can snap a few photographs! He or she will only be too happy to oblige and may even throw in a few treats for you to take home to your parents. This post has been brought to you by TVTA and the Interplanetary Federation Supermarket Customer Advice Bureau. Best before Feb 2223. This is a free-range post and no animals were harmed. Just Ewoks. Recycle the carton when finished. Enjoy responsibly.


 

Tony the Tiger Frosties ads

By Kellogg’s – Life Magazine-page 133, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17184950

Kellogg’s Frosties is a breakfast cereal introduced in the United States in 1952. Tony the Tiger has been the brand’s mascot since its introduction, and has the catchphrase:

“They’re Grrrrreat!”

Tony is always drawn wearing a red bandana around his neck, which is sometimes plain red, can sport the name ‘Tony’, or is chequered with circles – as seen in early renditions like the Life Magazine pic above. In the first advert below, Tony can be seen wearing a spotted bow tie – perhaps in honour of his “roaring reporter” role.

I’ve always liked Tony as a breakfast mascot, he seems a friendly sort of Tiger who would probably organise lots of tiger dinner parties, and not only play the part of perfect host but keep peace between the likes of Shere Khan, Tigger, Tigress, Richard Parker and any other famous tigers you can think of!

Enjoy the ads, they’re grrrreat!

UK. Planet of the Apes. 1976.


Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1981.


Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1987.


Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.


Denmark. 1988.


Denmark. 1986.


Denmark. 1984.


Denmark. 1982.


Denmark. 1986.

Five new Hostess Superhero ads

Cousin Betsy the Plant Lady… A pleasant gallop on the waves… Cuckoo cuckoos… Creamed filling worthy of the Gods… it can only be the wacky superhero world of Hostess Twinkies and Fruit Pie adverts!

US. Kull. 1976.


US. Marvel Premiere 50. Alice Cooper. 1979.


US. Claw the Unconquered. 1978.


US. The Warlord. 1977.


US. 1978.


 

The Weetabix Gang

The Weetabix as seen in British comic book advertising. Thirteen adverts dated between 1982 – 1985.

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‘The Weetabix’, often referred to as ‘The Weetabix Gang’, were five comic characters based on British skinheads, and were created for a highly successful advertising campaign for breakfast cereal Weetabix. It’s hard to believe that these biscuit-shaped, brace-wearing characters – Dunc, Bixie, Bryan, Brains and Crunch – managed to capture the hearts, and breakfast bowls, of the British public in the huge way that it did, considering the negative attitudes that were often levelled at skinhead culture.

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‘The Weetabix’ featured throughout almost the entire 1980s in TV and comic book adverts. Some of the promotions tied in with well-known crazes of the decade such as video games, BMX and breakdancing, and even captured the spirit of the white tee-shirt and slogan fad, which was popular with fans of bands such as Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Wham!.

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Ultimately ‘The Weetabix’ became a brand unto themselves, offering a vast range of merchandise via ‘The Weetabix Club’. Items ranged from clothing and patches to books and badges, lunch boxes, school and sports bags, stationery, an AM radio, an alarm clock, a Corgi licensed die cast truck, and many other items featuring the five characters and their catchphrases.

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Non-toy ad Tuesday: 1980s British snacks – E.T. Cola Creams, Curly Wurly, Caramac, Hula Hoops, Hubba Bubba, Rice Krispies and Sherbert Fountain

Seven scrumptious snack adverts. They’re 80s, they’re British, they’re yummy, they’re making me nostalgic and very, very hungry!


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1982.

UK. Eagle. 1982.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1985.

UK. Eagle. 1985.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.

Non-toy ad Tuesday: Office cats, bubblegum, beer, cigarettes and Saturday Morning TV

As TVTA stumbles from the holiday season into another New Year we must confess there has been much overindulging at the office (not work we hasten to add). Still, everything in moderation we say – with just a little bit of excess to keep things interesting. Alas, paperwork duties have fallen to poor Wooof, our office cat, who has been stoutly keeping things going this past week and managed to find the following advertising goodies in the wine cellar on one of his many excursions down there. Well done Wooof!

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

France. Paris Match. 2001.

France. Paris Match. 2001.

France. Képi Blanc. 1979.

France. Képi Blanc. 1979.

France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Geo 163. 1992.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

 

Fighting evil supervillains with cake since the 1970s… Hostess Superhero ads

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Hostess snacks were the perfect ally of superheroes. What evil criminal or supervillain could resist such yumminess? The Penguin, The Robot Master, The Mummy, Sable Lady, Big Dome, The Home Wrecker… all these and more succumbed to the light, tender crust and real, fruit filling of Hostess Twinkies, Fruit Pies and Cup Cakes!

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Twinkies… distracting Mummies since 1930!

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Hostess – famous for its Twinkies brand since 1930 – wasn’t content with striking an ad deal with just one comic universe, it went for two – snatching well-loved characters from both Marvel and DC publications. Batman, Iron Man, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman and many others all took on criminals with the help of Hostess snacks! In addition to costumed heroes, Hostess also employed the talents of Archie, Casper, Richie Rich, Roadrunner and other well-known comic characters.

You get a big delight in every bite!

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I have Fruit Pies… let me go!

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Hulk Hostess detail

The highlighted panels above show some of the quirky humour employed by the writers and artists to advertise the Hostess brand. There seemed to be no shortage of superheroes lining up to fight crime alongside those alluring little snack-cakes.

You can’t have your cake and eat it…

My Hostess comic strip collection numbers 31 different ones so far. Ha! Small portions indeed… there are literally thousands upon gazillions of these ads out there… okay, maybe not, but there are certainly a few hundred different ones to collect, knocking around in various comic publications. Here are the scans of mine. Go grab a Twinkie and enjoy  🙂

Aquaman and the “Imperiled Sub” 1978

US. Claw the Unconquered. 1978.

Aquaman and The Space Capsule 1981

US. Secrets of Haunted House. 1981.

US. Secrets of Haunted House. 1981.


Batman and The Mummy 1975

US. Weird War Tales. 1975.

US. Weird War Tales. 1975.

Batman and Sable Lady 1978

US. Unexpected. 1978.

US. Unexpected. 1978.

Batman “The Whole World’s Upside Down” 1977

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

Batman and the Corsair of Crime 1978

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


 Captain Marvel meets the Dreadnought 1978

US. The Defenders. 1978.

US. The Defenders. 1978.


 Green Lantern and “The Fruit Pie Scene” 1976

US. Weird War Tales. 1976.

US. Weird War Tales. 1976.


The Hulk And The Ultimate Weapon! 1979

US. Marvel Premiere 50. Alice Cooper. 1979.

The Hulk And The Green Thumb 1976

US. Kull. 1976.

The Hulk and “Friends!” 1976

US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.

US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.


The Human Torch in “The Icemaster Cometh” 1979

US. Star Wars. 1979.

US. Star Wars. 1979.


Iron Man in “The Charge of the Rhinos!” 1981

US. Doctor Who. 1981.

US. Doctor Who. 1981.


 The Penguin in “The Cuckoo Cuckoos” 1977

US. The Warlord. 1977.


Red Tornado in “Clean Sweep” 1981

US. Ghosts. 1981.

US. Ghosts. 1981.


 Shazam in “The Cup Cake Caper” 1976

US. Superman. 1976.

US. Superman. 1976.


Spider-Man Meets The Home Wrecker 1978

US. Star Wars. 1978.

US. Star Wars. 1978.

Spider-Man in “The Rescue!” 1981

US. Doctor Who. 1981.

US. Doctor Who. 1981.

Spider-Man meets June Jitsui! 1979

US. Iron Man. 1979.

US. Iron Man. 1979.

Spider-Man! The Champ 1976

US. 1976.


Superman “The Spy” 1975

US. Weird War Tales. 1975.

US. Weird War Tales. 1975.

Superman vs. The Laughing Gas Bandits 1981

US. House of Mystery. 1981.

US. House of Mystery. 1981.

Superman in The Big Fall 1978

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

Superman in “An Unbeatable Power!” 1978

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

Superman in The Ionic Storm 1979

US. Weied WarTales. 1979.

US. Weied WarTales. 1979.

Superman in “Gold Mine Rescue” 1981

US. Weird War Tales. 1981.

US. Weird War Tales. 1981.


The Thing and The Ultimate Weapon! 1979

US. Star Wars. 1979.

US. Star Wars. 1979.


Thor meets “A Glutton For Gold” 1978

US. 1978.


Wonder Woman and Cup Cakes “The Maltese Cup Cake” 1977

US. The Witching Hour. 1977.

US. The Witching Hour. 1977.

Wonder Woman versus The Robot Master 1981

US. Weird War Tales. 1981.

US. Weird War Tales. 1981.

Wonder Woman and The Baron! 1980

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.


Yumm, yumm… More to come… Keep watching this space!

Non-toy ad Tuesday: Cheers! Retro drinks from around the world…

It’s time to dust off those vintage bottles of pop and booze we found in the cellar of TVTA towers as we bring you another Non-toy ad Tuesday… retro drinks from around the world!

First up is 1987 sporty beverage Faxe Kondi – presented here by budding young goalkeeper Mikael and Danish International and Manchester United football player Jesper Olsen.

Denmark. Anders. 1987.

Denmark. Anders. 1987.

 

1982 and another Danish drink ad. This one is cheerfully called Jolly Cola and continues with a sporty theme – sailing. Just look at the way that young sailor is necking his bottle of JC … he’s sure to get some additional ‘wind’ assistance later 🙂

Denmark. Anders. 1982.

Denmark. Anders. 1982.

 

Moving on to some harder stuff – alcohol. This French ad for personalised Kronenbourg beer tankards is aimed at a military-interest audience. The ad is featured in a 1979 issue of Képi Blanc, a journal created in 1947 by the French Foreign Legion (légion étrangère).

France. Képi Blanc. 1979.

France. Képi Blanc. 1979.

 

Here’s another French alcoholic beverage, this time a fruit liqueur from 1987, La Belle Sandrine.

France. Paris Match. 1987.

France. Paris Match. 1987.

 

Guinness makes you fart (more wind assistance?). No, Guinness gives you strength. Below is a 1960s-era postcard for the famous Guinness stout.

Circa 1960s Guinness postcard.

Circa 1960s Guinness postcard.

 

Followed by a good excuse to show off my Guinness retro metal plate advert.

Guinness is good for you.

Guinness is good for you.

 

Which gives me a further excuse to show off my cool Alec Guinness / Guinness mashup tee 🙂

Obi Wan was never tempted by the dark side?

Obi Wan was never tempted by the dark side?

 

Okay, that’s enough Guinness. Now to tidy this post up with two Brazillian healthy drink ads from the 1980s – Neston and Nescau.

Brazil. Ze Carioca. 1985.

Brazil. Ze Carioca. 1985.

 

Brazil. Ze Carioca. 1984.

Brazil. Ze Carioca. 1984.

 

And to finish – and as it’s so close to Christmas – a Christmassy ad… courtesy from Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky, 1980.

Cheers!

US. Time. 1980.

US. Time. 1980.

 

Hot Wheels toys in my Banania cornflakes

France. Pif Gadget 869. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget 869. 1985.

Of course, In 1985, they didn’t really put die cast toy vehicles inside the boxes of Banania cornflakes (not that it wasn’t uncommon back then to find cool toys inside boxes, but rarely metal toys that would add significant weight to the box). So, no car in my cornflakes? But this was still an excellent opportunity to grab one of 20 sets of 126 vehicles! In addition there were 1000 other prizes to be grabbed. To be in with the chance to win you had to answer a question and then cut-out and send off the slip on the bottom of the advert.

Controversial Banania

The advertising images for Banania featuring the smiling Senegalise soldier – and in particular the slogan “y’ a bon” (Pidgen French: “that’s good”) has come under scrutiny by those accusing the brand of racism or colonialism.

Scan of a reproduction tin plate advert from the 1930s. These reproduction ads are popular throughout France.

Scan of a reproduction tin plate advert from the 1930s. Reproduction ads of this era are popular throughout France. They are easily found in stores, street markets, tourist shops, even finding their way to flea markets as second-hand items.

 

The slogan, “y’ a bon”, which had been used since 1915, was finally scrapped in 2011 from all subsequent products and advertising. The image of the Senegalise soldier is still used but more in a comic / cartoon style. This change of style can perhaps be first seen in the 1985 Hot Wheels advert at the beginning of the post, with the soldier’s head morphed into the font of the letter ‘B’.

I’ve included below another advert from 1985 to illustrate this –  this time for a He-Man and Masters of the Universe promotion which is pretty much the same as the Hotwheels promo.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

 

Banania in Space

You can see the presence of the “y’ a bon” logo in this 1960 advert from Lissette comic. In this promotion you had to collect 16 points from Banania products then send them off along with 6 postage stamps to receive your space play-set and characters.

France. Lissette N° 46. 1960.

France. Lissette N° 46. 1960.

 

Read more of the history of Banania here:

Official Banania website

Banania Wikipedia (French)

Banania Wikipedia (English)

 

Non-toy ad Tuesday: Atom Smashers, Double Agents, and the longest F.A. Cup tie!

This week’s selection of ads for Non-toy ad Tuesday all feature iconic sweets and crisps from Britain.

UK. Empire STrikes back Weekly 122. 1980.

UK. The Empire Strikes Back Weekly 122. 1980.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 43. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 43. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 41. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 41. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Spider-Man 314. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 41. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 41. 1978.

UK. Spider-Man Comic 314. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

Food and Drink related vintage adverts!

Question: What do ‘winning breakfast combo, 1930s fibre, French breakfast, Coca-Cola points-make-prizes, Salvador Dali lollipops, sewer snacks, and Danish Kinder Surprise’ have in common…?

Answer: they’re all food and drink related vintage ads!!

Disclaimer: TVTA cannot be held responsible if you get the munchies following this article.


NINTENDO

1989 US advert from the pages of Groo... man I loved reading Groo so much! But never mind Groo (or Rufferto), because here is the Super Mario/Zelda winning breakfast combination! (I am the Prince of Chichester)

1989 US advert from the pages of Groo… man I loved reading Groo so much! But never mind Groo (or Rufferto), because here is the Super Mario/Zelda winning breakfast combination!
(I am the Prince of Chichester)


WEETABIX

UK. 1987 Weetabix advert from prima magazine. This 1987 advert is styled on the earlier 1930s adverts used by Weetabix.

UK Weetabix advert from prima magazine. This 1987 advert pays homage to the earlier 1930s style of adverts used by Weetabix.


TONIMALT

1983 French advert for the Tonimalt breakfast staple that was giving away a free Ulysses 31 minialbum (two minialbums if you purchased the bigger size). Ulysse 31 is a popular French animated show for children.

1983 French advert for the Tonimalt breakfast staple that was giving away a free Ulysse 31 mini-album (two mini-albums if you purchased the bigger size). Ulysse 31 is a popular French animated show for children.


COCA COLA

Another French advert from the eighties... earn points and swap them for prizes with Coca-Cola. Blimey! Look at the size of that bottle-opener for 180 points! It"s almost as big as that frisbee for 120 points!

Another French advert from the eighties… earn points and swap them for prizes with Coca-Cola. Blimey! Look at the size of that bottle-opener for 180 points! It”s almost as big as that frisbee for 120 points!


CHUPA CHUPS

... and yet another French eighties ad! This time for Chupa Chups lollipops. Yumm. Did you know that Salvador Dali designed the daisy-like Chupa Chups logo? He really did, and his design is still used to this day. Go check out Whiskeypedia or something if you don't believe us :-)

… and yet another French eighties ad! This time for Chupa Chups lollipops. Yumm. Did you know that Salvador Dali designed the daisy-like Chupa Chups logo? He really did, and his design is still used to this day. Go check out Whiskeypedia or something if you don’t believe us!
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TMNT

1989 US Teenage milky ginger turnips... the alternative breakfast! Sewer snacks anyone? Eww, dudes!

1989 US advert for TMNT cereals. Anyone for ‘Teenage milky ginger turnips’ … the alternative breakfast treat? Sewer snacks anyone? Eww, dudes!


KINDER

And finally, a very cute and Christmassy 1979 Danish Kinder Surprise advert. Chocolate and toys? A winning combination at TVTA that's for sure!

And finally, a very cute and Christmassy 1979 Danish Kinder Surprise advert. Chocolate and toys? Always a winning combination at TVTA! Thanks for looking…
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