TV Ads – 1979 – Honda Express + Shirley Jones Coney Island Steamers + Zest + Bill Monday Pontiac

DOG COMMENTARY: The Honda Express or Honda NC50 is a scooter made by Honda between 1977 and 1983….which are powered by an air-cooled 49 cc (3.0 cu in) two-stroke engine. The Honda Motor Company of Japan released the Honda Express (NC50) to the North American market in 1977. This new bike was designed to enter the large market for scooters that developed following the 1973 oil crisis…..as such it came…

TV Ads – 1983 – Lacks Furniture + Horseshoe Bay TX + NBCs Dallas Promo + Siskel & Ebert

DOG COMMENTARY: Lacks Furniture was as success in 1985….and is still going strong in 2018….as it has become an Austin furniture tradition for shoppers….featuring top-named brands from all over the world. Horseshoe Bay is a city in Llano and Burnet counties in the U.S. state of Texas….which is located on Lake Lyndon B. Johnson and the south branch of the Colorado River….and it is known in the region…

TV Ads – 1982 – Kmart + Call To Glory Promo + Car Quest Auto Parts + Interwest Bank Austin

DOG COMMENTARY: Kmart Corporation (simply known as Kmart and stylized as kmart) is an American big box department store chain headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The chain’s management purchased Sears for $11 billion in 2004….and formed a new corporation under the name Sears Holdings Corporation….as Kmart was transferred to the new Sears Holdings Corporation.  The company known as Kmart was incorporated in 1916….while the first Kmart named store…

TV Ads – 1981 – Foley’s Stores Men’s Sales + Burger King + Crown Furniture

DOG COMMENTARY:  Foley’s was a chain of department stores owned by May Department Stores and headquartered in Downtown Houston, Texas….which was a true Texas tradition….which as of August 30, 2005, the division was dissolved and operation of the stores were assumed by Federated’s Macy’s West and Macy’s South divisions.  Until that time….Foley’s operated stores in Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Arizona, Oklahoma and New Mexico. On September 9, 2006…

TV Ads – 1979 – Clairol Shampoo + Star Club Austin + Rod N Custom Car Show + Janet Stockard Attorney

DOG COMMENTARY: According to writer Malcolm Gladwell….Clairol products captured the feminist sensibilities of the day with a shampoo-in hair color and memorable advertising slogans….as author of social psychology bestsellers (The Tipping Point and Blink)….Gladwell wrote in “True Colors” (a 1999 New Yorker history of hair dye), “In writing the history of women in the postwar era, did we forget something important? Did we leave out hair?”….where as in…

TV Ads – 1980 – Dick Van Dyke For Polaroid + Coors Beer + Copper Dollar Bar + Southwest Airlines

DOG COMMENTARY:  This video clip of 1980 TV ads features FDS Feminine Spray which apparently made women “keep that fresh feeling longer”…..but we guess not long enough….cuz they’re not around today….but Polaroid Instant Cameras are still on the shelves today.   The instant camera is a type of camera which uses self-developing film to create a chemically developed print shortly after taking the…

TV Ads – 1979 – Excedrin + Vitalis For Men + Dodge Trucks + Bowl A Rama Bowling Lanes

DOG COMMENTARY: Excedrin is an over-the-counter headache pain reliever….typically in the form of tablets or caplets. It contains paracetamol (acetaminophen), aspirin, and caffeine. Until late 2005 it was manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb….but in July 2005 it was purchased by Novartis….along with other products from BMS’s over-the-counter business….and as of March 2015, GSK holds majority ownership of Excedrin through a joint venture transaction with Novartis. The brand became known for…

TV Ads – 1979 – 100% Cotton & Tug McGraw For Schick – Casual Corner Stores & Oscar Snowden Stores

DOG COMMENTARY: Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll (protective case) around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypiumin from the mallow family Malvaceae….as the fiber is almost pure cellulose. The plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world….which is especially conducive to the climates in the Americas, Africa, and India….as the…