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Snoopy from Peanuts

Dec 18, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Who could ever forget Snoopy? That lovable beagle of Charlie Brown’s and a main character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz… Snoopy made his first appearance in October of 1950, two days after the premiere of the Peanuts strip. He received his name when Schulz recalled his mother saying if the family got

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Santa and Coca-Cola Advertising

Dec 01, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

The Coca-Cola Company played a major role in the modern image of Santa Claus. Whether you know him as Santa, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas or Kris Kringle, the most common image that comes to mind upon hearing his name is that of a white-haired and bearded, jolly old man clothed in a red suit with

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Kellogg’s Cornelius Rooster for Corn Flakes

Nov 20, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

In 1906, Kellogg introduce it’s first product: Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. For the initial 50 years, Corn Flakes was advertised using various characters, such as the “Sweetheart of the Corn”. None of these “mascots” lasted long, though. In 1957, Cornelius Rooster became the new spokescharacter for the cereal, representing waking up and starting each morning right.

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The History of Betty Boop

Nov 06, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Betty Boop, one of America’s most beloved characters, made her debut appearance in 1930 as a canine cabaret signer in the cartoon “Dizzy Dishes.” Since then she has warmed our hearts, made us smile, and charmed us for over 70 years. With her cute wink and saucy personality, she is sure to win the hearts of generations to come.

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Porky Pig

Oct 31, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Porky Pig first appeared in 1935 in the Warner Bros. cartoon, “I Haven’t Got A Hat”.  He was originally paired with Beans the Cat, forming a partnership called Porky and Beans.  The public fell for the cute, stuttering pig right from the start, and within two years Porky starred in more than 30 cartoons and

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The Morton Salt Umbrella Girl

Oct 24, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

In 1848, a new salt merchant company called Richmond & Company, was formed in Chicago, Illinois. Initially sales agents for Onondaga Salt, the company grew and became a manufacturer.  In 1899, Joy Morton acquired a major interest in the business, and the company name was changed to Joy Morton & Company.  The business was incorporated

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Smokey (the) Bear

Oct 16, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Remember… Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires! Smokey Bear was created in 1944 to be the mascot for fire prevention. He starred in an advertising campaign for the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The need for a fire prevention campaign came about in the years of World War II.  In 1942, a Japanese submarine

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