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Friday, August 26, 2016

"Money" Big Jim Buchanan (1954)

The Love Song of The 1%
"Big Jim" Buchanan was an alter ego of Paul Frees, a legendary voice over actor, best known for his voices in several unforgettable Rankin-Bass cartoon and stop-animation holiday specials of the 1960s and '70s.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It Seemed Like A Good Idea Part 3

Radioactive Beauty Products



Live Baby Alligators As Pets

Unicorn Horns for Cats

Parakeet Diapers


I mean, if you're going to rent your hair, you may as well buy this.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Post Bran And Prune Flakes

Obviously, this stuff wasn't for the kids,

In fact, it's been a long time since prunes were popular in any configuration. When I was growing up, only senior citizens ate prunes. I knew of no one younger than 60 that ate them. One elderly neighbour lady introduced me to these things. They tasted gross to me. She went on and on about how much she always ate prunes in her youth. I guess that's why they called it "The Depression".

So I don't think many younger folks even know what they are today. I never liked them personally (just the name "prune" conjures up nursing home kitchen fodder) and I don't see them in many stores these days. Once in a while, maybe.

Post Bran & Prune Flakes was truly a "grown-up" product of it's time. No crazy mascots, awesome prizes or flavour gimmickry in these boxes. Just a plain, middle of the road cereal for middle age and older.

Introduced in the late 1950s, Post Bran & Prune Flakes were popular with the Geritol crowd during the '60s. But sales began sliding off by the latter half of the decade. They were discontinued in 1972.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Caravelle Candy Bars

While many people today think the only products made by The Peter Paul Company (now a division of the Hershey company since 1988) are the famous Almond Joy and Mounds bars, that isn't true. They offered other kinds too, but a much smaller variety than competitors Hershey, M&M/Mars and Nestle. Being 4th ran against these giants made them that way.

Caravelle was introduced in the early '70s to compete with the similar Nestle's $100,000 bar (known the 100 Grand bar since the mid-'80s). But whereas the $100,000 bar tastes processed and is kind of rubbery, Caravelle was lighter and sweeter tasting.

They also had this famous TV commercial with an earworm jingle. I remember seeing this frequently when I was growing up in the '70s.

Caravelle was discontinued in 1988.