When you next go shopping, don’t forget to pick up…

Greetings vintage mates!

Whether you are a high street shopper, a mega-store moocher, a mail-order junkie, a catalogue queen or a flea-market freak… make sure you pick up these items* the next time you go shopping!

*time-travel to the 1960s may be required for certain items subject to availability.

Shopping list: Ajax cleaner, Pax washing powder, Palmolive washing-up liquid, Mir washing powder, Orlane and Juvena cosmetics, Banga orange juice, Gayelord Hauser Vitamin Pills.


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Todd McFarlane’s KISS – The Action Figures and Psycho Circus

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of print images from the 1997 and 1999 catalogues of toy designer extraordinaire Todd McFarlane. Featuring rock legends KISS in their The Action Figures and Psycho Circus toy guises.

Enjoy.


Look out for more exciting action figure images from McFarlane Toys coming soon to TVTA!

Todd McFarlane’s Monsters, Movie Maniacs and more!

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of print images from the 1997 and 1999 catalogues of toy designer extraordinaire Todd McFarlane. Featuring action figures from horror legends of literature and movies, plus a look at the McFarlane exclusive Total Chaos figures. For those who don’t know, Todd McFarlane is a Canadian comic book creator, artist, writer, filmmaker and toy maker, and is recognised for his work on Spider-Man and the Spawn series.


Look out for more exciting action figure images from McFarlane Toys coming soon to TVTA!


 

1980s Space Fings, Crazy Fings, and some very British comic ads

If you were around in Britain in the 1980s you might well remember some of the following adverts for comics, sweets, bubble gum, Hot Wheels, MOTU, Weetabix, Grange Hill, and, erm… Understanding Electricity. Actually, if anyone recognises the artist from the Understanding Electricity ad at the end of the post, please let me know. The style is familiar, but so far I can’t find any info.

Enjoy this blast from the past 🙂

Trebor Space Fings. 1981. UK.

Trebor Crazy Fings free stickers. 1981. UK.

‘5 for Fun’. Comics. 1981. UK.

Western Magazine. 1980. UK.

Hot Wheels. 1981. UK.

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Ad campaigns of the 1990s – Milk, GAP, JNCO, and a little quiz…

“Milk. Where’s your mustache?”

Slogan from the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. Later, “Got milk?” and “Milk. What a surprise!” This clever ad campaign had a fair few celebrities and stars signed up: Conan O’Brien, David Copperfield, Dennis Rodman, Melanie Griffith, Isabella Rossellini, Lauren Bacall, Van Halen, KISS, Britney Spears, Spike Lee, and a whole lot more. I’m very pleased to report I got Sarah Michelle Gellar and Tony Hawk!


IYDKYDG … 

IYDKYDG. 1999.

Woah, what the blink is this? “IYDKYDG” ??

Quiz: see if you can you identify this 1999 “IYDKYDG” campaign and the product being promoted from the curious print ads. Clue: it’s a major brand. Award yourself 100 vintage points for the correct answer! Answers at bottom of post.

Is the product…

  1. sports clothing
  2. hi-fi equipment
  3. soft drinks
  4. mobile phones

IYDKYDG. 1999.

IYDKYDG. 1999.


Mind the GAP

Clothing brand GAP was founded in California in 1969 by Donald Fisher and Doris F. Fisher. Gap originally targeted the younger generation when it opened, with its name referring to the “generation gap” of the time (merci, our good mates Wiskeypedia).

Below is a selection of late 1990s GAP adverts.

GAP Technofied. 1999.


JNCO

JNCO Autopilot. 1998.

JNCO (Judge None Choose One) is a California-based clothing company founded in 1985 by Moroccan-born, French-raised brothers Jacques Yaakov Revah and Haim Milo Revah. The brand was popular in the 1990s for its ultra-baggy denim jeans featuring oversize pockets with street-style art, and with a logo designed by local LA graffiti artist Joseph Montalvo, aka Nuke. JNCO’s street look was popular with skateboarding and BMX, as seen on some of the featured adverts below.

JNCO 50 inch bottoms. 1998.

JNCO Futures footwear. 1998.


That’s all for now 90s lovers! Thanks for wearing oversize jeans and drinking milk with us 🙂

Answer to quiz: 

The featured product is soft drinks by Coca-Cola. IYDKYDG stands for: If You Don’t Know You Don’t Go. This was one of Coke’s most bizarre and intriguing ad campaigns over the years.