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Video: Coffee Jerks

Robyn Lee 4 comments

Why you should buy Folgers coffee: because if you're a wife you're completely inept at making coffee and want to please your husband, and if you're a husband you're tired of drinking your wife's crummy coffee, which turns you into a mega jerk. That seems to be the way it went in the '50s and '60s, according to this video. More

Video: Fluffernutter Commercial

Robyn Lee 6 comments

If you're going to eat a marshmallow creme and peanut butter sandwich at least once a year, today's the day: It's National Fluffernutter Day! Break out those jars of Fluff and peanut butter and go to town. Get in the mood by watching this Fluffernutter commercial. More

Photo of the Day: Cheez Whiz-Laden Whiz-Burger

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 12 comments

[Image: Shelf Life / Flickr] I'm not sure I've ever eaten Cheez Whiz, but looks like it may be time for me to eat it. In a burger. And on a burger. Would this ad lie? Neverrrr. It's Kraft's... More

Video: 'Delicious Dishes,' the Proto Late-Night Cookware Infomercial

Adam Kuban 6 comments

Before Billy Mays or Vince Offer or even Ron Popeil, there was Delicious Dishes, complete with a chef's toque–bedecked gadget hawker. According the the YouTube page these videos were posted on, "This 12-piece kitchen cutlery set was given away one piece at a time to movie theater patrons." More

Videos: Animated Healthy Eating PSAs from the 1980s

Robyn Lee 8 comments

In honor of today being National Junk Food Day, here are some musical animated public service announcements from the '80s to remind you to...eat more healthily! In between eating the unhealthy stuff. More

Video: Donald Duck and Chip and Dale in 'Three for Breakfast' (1948)

Robyn Lee 6 comments

In this Disney animated short, Chip and Dale wreak havoc on Donald Duck in search of pancakes. Delicious, fat, fluffy pancakes topped with butter and doused in maple syrup. More

Video: Weird IHOP Commercial (1969)

Robyn Lee 15 comments

This IHOP commercial from 1969 features everything you love about America's favorite house of pancakes: happy family members running in slow motion while carrying giant clusters of balloons, a voiceover that sounds like a chipmunk, unappetizing-looking food...wait, what? More

Video: Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Commercial (1960s)

Robyn Lee 8 comments

Mr. Potato Head wasn't always the fat, hollow plastic lump with various accessories that we know him as today. When he was first created by Brooklyn-born toy inventor George Lerner in 1949, Mr. Potato Head was made of a real potato, leading to decades of kids jabbing tubers with plastic body parts. Those were the good old days. Watch this vintage toy commercial after the jump.... More

The 10 Worst Lunch Boxes Ever

Robyn Lee 15 comments

Photograph: Justin Goeres from LAVA Cafe Society lists their picks for the 10 worst lunch boxes ever, but to my eyes they're 10 of the best lunch boxes ever! Then again, I say that never having to tote one with me to school. I don't recall growing up with lunch boxes proclaiming "DISCO" or "CAMPUS QUEENS" during my '90s childhood. And as much as I love "The Exciting World of Metrics," I can see why wielding it might make the owner a target of a swift beating. (On that note, check out Justin Goeres' photos of the lunch box, which show how supremely awesome it is. If you're not prepubescent.) Did you own any of these lunch boxes (or... More

'21 New Ways to Serve Hamburger' from Hunt's

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 3 comments

"This might be titled 'How to make hamburgers deliciously different!'" From Shelf Life Taste Test on Flickr Who wants burgers filled with cheese and covered in Hunt's tomato sauce? Yeah? ...Anyone? You can find this gem of a recipe... More

Video: Hamm's Beer Commercial (1950s)

Robyn Lee 2 comments

There's something about these Hamm's beer commercials from the 1950s that make me really want a glass of beer from the Land of Sky Blue Waters. It's probably a combination of the hypnotic jingle, the animated beer-peddling bear accompanied by a singing goose, and the deep, soothing voiceover that goes, "Hamm's...mmmm...Hamm's!" And I don't even like beer. (There's even a Hamm's Club for fans of this former brewery based in Minnesota.) Watch the video after the jump.... More

Vintage Ads for Kitchen Appliances

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Sunbeam's automatic waffle maker makes four waffles at the same time. ...Wait, don't a lot of them do that? During the 1950's, not so much. WomansDay.com rounds up 15 great vintage household ads including kitchen appliances like a gas range that makes "cooking a real joy" and a "keen" KitchenAid Food Preparer. [via The Presurfer] Related Vintage Advertising from Mom's Basement Vintage Cereal Box Gallery... More

In Videos: Robocop Fried Chicken Commercial from Korea (1980s)

Robyn Lee 5 comments

This Korean brand of fried chicken is so good that Robocop will defy all laws of the physical world and burst out of your TV to get it. And then he'll steal your freezer. It'd only be better if he rode away on a unicorn. I'd buy that for a dollar! Watch the video after the jump.... More

Vintage Advertising from Mom's Basement

Erin Zimmer 1 comment

Found in Mom's Basement is a site that archives vintage ads, some of which are food-related like those above, retrieved from flea markets, various corners of the Internet, and the actual basement of the blogger Paula Zargaj-Reynolds's mom. [via Coudal Partners] Related An Evolution of Pabst Advertising Risqué Orangina Ads Stir Controversy Luxe Ads for Everyday Food... More

In Videos: Classic Kentucky Fried Chicken Commercial (1980)

Robyn Lee 2 comments

"You know, I used to serve fast food as a treat, but now fast food is more than a once-in-a-while thing." The mother in this Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial is so not like my mom; otherwise I would've been a happier kid. Or less healthy. But this commercial just makes me feel so good and wholesome that I dream of bestowing Kentucky Fried Chicken "made with the highest quality chicken" onto my future cowboys and Indians-playing children. Watch the video after the jump.... More

In Videos: Estonian Mineral Water Commercial (1980s)

Robyn Lee 1 comment

The formula for selling mineral water to Estonians in the 1980s was so simple. Go to the desert, throw in a parched guy who crawls toward a case of mineral water as a bunch of people dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," insert a random dog, and at the end let the guy take a victorious swig of water. Every part of this commercial is inexplicable. And that's why it's so good. Watch the video after the jump.... More

In Videos: BurgerTime Video Game Commercials (1980s)

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 2 comments

In 1980s video game BurgerTime, you're chef who must make hamburgers before anthropomorphic, man-eating foodstuffs make a hamburger out of you. It's every hamburger-lover's nightmare. As for why hot dogs, fried eggs, and pickles were chosen as the enemies,... More

In Videos: Cadbury's Smash Mashed Potatoes Commercial with Martians (1970s)

Robyn Lee 2 comments

Any commercial with creepily laughing Martians automatically gets an A+ in my book, especially when they're laughing at the way humans take potatoes and "smash them all to bits." How silly us humans must look. They may think we're primitive, but at least we have opposable thumbs; they just flail around with pincers. Watch this commercial for Cadbury's Smash mashed potatoes after the jump.... More

In Videos: Original Chiquita Banana Commercial (1940s)

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The original Chiquita Banana commercial produced by Disney in the 1940s pretty much sums up everything I know about bananas: they taste best when the skin has brown flecks, they go well in pie, and you shouldn't put them in the refrigerator. New things that I learned are that male bananas are normal sized and naked while female bananas are human sized, wear slinky skirts, and sing catchy educational songs about how to eat their kin. Watch the video after the jump.... More

In Videos: Tex Avery's 'The Farm of Tomorrow' (1954)

Robyn Lee 1 comment

The Farm of Tomorrow, an animated short directed by famed animator Tex Avery, shares 1954's predictions of the future of farming—mostly involving strange crossbreeding pairs. Has the future delivered chickens crossbred with centipedes (for more drumsticks), cows crossbred with beavers (for built-in fly swatters), or ducks crossbred with bananas (for ease of skin peeling)? Not yet. Those geneticists better get crackin'. Watch the video after the jump.... More

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