Oh noooooooo! Mr. Bill! Anyone who was a fan of Saturday Night Live in the 1970s would recognize this as a line from Mr. Bill, one of the most famous television personalities of all time. In fact, Mr. Bill has become a pop culture icon, still seen today in TV shows, films and commercials. Mr.Continue reading
Quite popular in the ’40s and ’50s was using mascots to promote products and brands. Couple these with classic cartoon and animated movie characters (some of which became mascots as well), and you have a whole other world of “friends” we’ve come to know very well. Many of these characters are as cherished as classic movie stars, creators and pacesetters.
Snap! Crackle! Pop! Rice Krispies® The cute gnomes we all know as Snap! Crackle! and Pop! are advertising icons. They were the very first advertising characters the Kellogg Company used to sell their products, and they are the longest running character advertisement to date for Kellogg – they’ve graced boxes and ads for more thanContinue reading
Have you ever sat eating a bowl of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes and wondered why there was a tiger promoting the cereal? In 1952, there was a contest to decide who would grace the front of the box of Sugar Frosted Flakes. A competition was held between Tony the Tiger, Katy the Kangaroo, Elmo the Elephant,Continue reading
Ever since Hawaii became a popular tourist attraction in the early 1900s, the Hula Girl has been a symbol of the state of islands. Visitors loved to collect the Hula Girl Doll and bring her home as a souvenir or gift for friends and family. During the ’20s and ’30s, some of the earliest hulaContinue reading
Remember going to the corner store and picking out penny candy to enjoy on the way home? Mary Janes, the bite-sized peanut butter and molasses morsels, were always a favorite at candy counters. The story of Mary Jane began with a small candy company started in 1884 by Charles N. Miller and his three sons.Continue reading