Although those who lived during the 1940s, 50s and 60s are bound to remember those now vintage ads, perhaps some even with fondness.
With most of the world having gone through the scarcity of even the most basic goods during the Great Depression and into WWII without much of a chance to recover, the end of the war was indeed a time to celebrate. As manufacturing restarted, jobs and goods became available, credit was easy to get and advertisers were vying with each other to have their products top of mind with consumers. The American Dream was, and still seems to be, just a purchase away…
The 1950s saw a boom in TV advertising, its reach grew and American consumer consumption peaked to its highest levels ever. Adverts seen as absolutely normal back then peddled everything from cigarette brands preferred by ‘medical doctors’, to alcoholic drinks, cars, appliances and dodgy pharmaceuticals. While the product itself may not necessarily have been objectionable, the message very often was. And the ‘pursuit of happiness’ made it all OK.
advertising has changed over the years, at least in some aspects. However, the marketing reach has become ever wider, with younger and often naïve targets and every one in between, all within easy reach on social media.
The ads shown here would definitely not be acceptable in today’s world. Regardless of the lessons learned, a few shockers have surfaced occasionally in recent years but are usually withdrawn quickly, often with apologies, all because of consumers on social media being able to object immediately and en masse, globally.
Without further ado, here are vintage ads that would be banned today..
Sean Connery, the legendary Scottish actor who defined an era, dies at 90
Sean Connery, the beloved Scottish actor who was seen as a sex symbol well into his 70s and endeared himself to global audiences as the first actor to portray British super-spy James Bond in cinema, has died at the age of 90, it was announced Saturday morning.
Connery is survived by his wife Micheline Roquebrune and his sons, Jason and Stephane. According to Jason, he died peacefully in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas after having been “unwell for some time.”
Connery, whose career spanned five decades, will be remembered for his epic roles including the starring role in 007 films Goldfinger, From Russsia With Love, and Diamonds Are Forever, as well as his outstanding supporting roles in The Highlander, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock and other classics.
Sir Thomas Sean Connery was born August 25, 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland to truck driver Joseph and cleaner Effie. His early jobs included being a milkman, a coffin polisher, and a nude model for artists before finding his career on the stages of London and later in feature films.
The celebrated actor’s awards and plaudits are almost too numerous to list here, and are as wide-ranging as his own background.
Connery won his first and only Oscar for his memorable role in 1988’s The Untouchables, where he portrayed the tough-as-nails Chicago cop Jimmy Malone. The belated recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elicited a humorous and punchy acceptance speech from the actor, who was already seen as a venerable elder thespian.
“Patience truly is a virtue,” Connery joked.
“In winning this award, it creates a certain dilemma because I had decided that if I had the good fortune to win, that I would give it to my wife, who deserves it. But, this evening, I discovered backstage that they’re worth $15,000 — now I am not so sure,” he added. “Micheline, I am only kidding. It’s yours.”
Connery also received the Kennedy Center Honor, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He was also hailed as “The Greatest Living Scot” by Scottish newspaper The Sunday Herald, while People Magazine not only named him the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989 but “Sexiest Man of the Century” a decade later.
At the height of his fame, Connery is said to have despised the attention he received for portraying the world’s most recognizable secret agent, which began in 1962.
He twice quit the role of James Bond, once while making You Only Live Twice in 1967 and again after starring in Never Say Never Again in 1983.
However, he is still widely seen as synonymous with the iconic role.
“Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more,” said Daniel Craig, the current actor portraying 007, who added that Connery was “one of the true greats of cinema.”
“He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster,” Craig added. “He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
The actor lived out his last days in a very low-profile fashion, spending his time in a gated community in New Providence in the Bahamas, where much of the Bond film Thunderball had been filmed. He spent his years there free of the annoyances that accompanied dealing with those he derided as “idiots” in the movie industry. He spent his time preoccupied by a truly Scottish passion: golf.
In a statement to the BBC, Connery’s son said that his father had enjoyed visits from much of his family in the Bahamas prior to his death.
“We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time,” Jason Connery said. “A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.”
According to his publicist, Nancy Seltzer, his family will hold a private ceremony that will be followed by a memorial due to be held once the ongoing pandemic has ended.
Burger King Halloween Promotion Has Creepy Ronald McDonald Appearing In Bathroom Mirrors
Burger King locations in Sweden and Denmark are running a strange promotion in their restrooms for Halloween. For a limited time, customers who say the phrase “canceled clown” 3 times in the bathroom will trigger the lights to dim and cause an image of a creepy Ronald McDonald to appear in the mirror. The strange promotion is made possible by voice recognition software that was installed by a Swedish company called INGO Stockholm. The phrase triggers the lights to go off and also triggers visual effects on a two-way “smart mirror.”
“A few years ago, a particular clown got abruptly ‘canceled’ from his long-standing job at a certain hamburger chain. But this Halloween he is back — at Burger King restrooms. If you do dare to summon him, it might be worth your while,” Burger King said in an announcement of the promotion.
Burger King locations in the region have frequently taken shots at their top rival McDonalds.
For one promotion in December of 2018, Burger King customers could get a Whopper for just $0.01 if they walked by a McDonald’s with it. Earlier this year, Burger King locations in Finland offered customers free delivery if they had their food sent to a McDonald’s location and ate it there. To add insult to injury, the company placed ads for the promotion outside of some McDonald’s locations.
The most recent promotion about the “canceled clown” is taking a shot at McDonald’s because the company was forced to cancel the famous character after it was determined that the mascot was promoting junk food to kids. A group of 550 doctors took out newspaper ads in 2011, insisting Ronald McDonald retire.
McDonald’s global business has been struggling in recent years.
In 2015, the company’s incoming CEO, Steve Easterbrook admitted that massive changes would be needed to improve McDonald’s struggling reputation.
“I think there is a hunger and an interest in our business to embrace change. McDonald’s management team is keenly focused on acting more quickly to better address today’s consumer needs, expectations, and the competitive marketplace,” Easterbrook said.
For the fiscal year of 2018, McDonald’s reported earnings of $5.9 billion, with an annual revenue of $21.0 billion, which is a decrease of 7.9% from the previous year. Meanwhile, Burger King has seen an increase in revenue in recent years after a few years of struggling starting in 2013.
It is not hard to see that decline of McDonald’s is happening, even in your own local neighborhood. Where once there were lines wrapped around the parking lot at multiple Mcdonald’s locations in every town, there are now very sparse crowds at the restaurant, even in high traffic areas and during busy times.
Japan is Opening a Nintendo Theme Park in 2021
After this pandemic is over, we are all going to need sometime to chill and have some fun. What better way then to spend sometime with Nintendo characters and worlds in real life at a new theme park?
Nintendo is planning to open a theme park next year. Originally planned to open this past summer but delayed due to the CV pandemic, Nintendo plans to let fans experience a one of a kind theme park featuring real-life Mario Kart races, Yoshi ride, and a Nintendo themed cafe, News.com.au reported.
Although the theme park won’t open until next year, a Cafe and Store selling exclusive Nintendo snacks and souvenirs will open this month ahead of the 2021 opening.
Among the menu items to be sold will be pancake sandwiches in the shape of Mario’s and Luigi’s hats in a variety of flavors such as strawberry shortcake and grape. There will also be cream sodas and soft drinks in super mushroom cups, along with exclusive Nintendo souvenirs.
Fans of various games series will be able to play Yoshi’s Adventures, a ride that takes passengers along a track with landscapes of the game as well as animatronic exhibitions. Guests will sit in Yoshi-themed cars as they travel throughout the Yoshi and Mario universe including Donkey Kong’s Jungle, and Bowser and Peach’s castles.
There will also be a real-life Mario Kart ride where you can race against all your friends. Athough whether or not there will items you can throw at your friends like bananas isn’t confirmed, and it’s very unlikely that Nintendo would have the ba-bomb or any of the other iconic weapons to use against your fellow racers.
However, something really cool that makes up for that absence is that guests will play Super Mario in real life using “power-up wristbands” and a smartphone app.
The app will show guests of the park where to find coins throughout the park as well as real-life question blocks to power up as well as a feature map showcasing all of the various park attractions.
After creating a profile on the app, those visiting the park can compete against each other.
The bands will track and sync visitor activities while walking around the park, letting guests collect coins and compete with each other. The bands will have six options based on the characters – Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Toad, and Yoshi, The Verge reported.
The park is developed in collaboration with Universal and Nintendo who have created the ultimate Nintendo real-life experience. Scores can even be sent back to a users’ Nintendo game console to build up for a future visit to the park, Universal Parks and Resorts Chairman and CEO Tom Williams said last year.
Senior vice president and chief creative officer with Universal Creative, Thierry Coup, said the park would give fans the experience of “living the game” in a video uploaded to Youtube.
If you are too far away in the U.S. or can’t travel to Japan you will have to wait as another iteration of the park in Orlando, Florida has been delayed indefinitely, as was recently announced. While the Hollywood, Universal Studios park is being developed and currently in the construction stage with no known expected completion date, BloopBloop reported.
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