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Kellogg’s Sugar Pops Pete

Oct 01, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

When Kellogg’s Sugar Pops Cereal entered the market in the early 1950s, advertising campaigns encompassed both print ads and television.  The advertising characters, or mascots, had to appeal to both audiences.  Kellogg’s hired the Leo Burnett Agency and, in 1959, the agency invented a funny little mascot named Sugar Pops Pete. Pete was a furry

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Bozo: The World’s Most Famous Clown

Sep 26, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Bozo the Clown is one of the most beloved characters in America’s history. Unbeknownst to many, though, Bozo was originally a character in a read-along book. In 1946, Capitol Records’ Alan Livingston came up with the idea to market a book with a record included. The idea was that children would read along and listen to

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Planters’ Mr. Peanut

Sep 10, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

In the early 1900s, Italian immigrant Antonio Obici opened a fruit stand in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. To make his fruit stand different from the others, he spent $4.50 on a peanut roaster and sold roasted nuts along with his fruit. Back then, the roaster had to be continuously turned by hand to avoid burning the peanuts,

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Kellogg’s Toucan Sam (Froot Loops Cereal)

Sep 04, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

“Follow my nose! It always knows!” This is the famous statement that Toucan Sam shouts out as he searches for the fruit-filled cereal he loves, Kellogg’s Froot Loops. Since 1963, he’s been the advertising mascot for cereal kids continue to enjoy. In the original commercials, Toucan Sam spoke the strange language of Pig Latin, and

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The Pink Panther

Aug 28, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

The Pink Panther first appeared on film in the 1963 Blake Edwards movie, The Pink Panther, starring Peter Sellers as the clumsy French detective, Inspector Clouseau. In the film, the term “Pink Panther” referred to a large diamond with a flaw at its center resembling a pink pouncing panther. This was the inspiration for the character

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Popeye the Sailor

Aug 20, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

For more than 80 years the lovable Popeye the Sailor has been entertaining us with his funny accent and love of spinach. His adventures with Brutus and romantic times with Olive Oyl and Sweet Pea make us laugh and warm our hearts. Popeye is a one-of-a-kind character that will forever be a part of American

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Squirt Soda

Aug 15, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  48 Comments

Squirt is a carbonated grapefruit drink created by Herb Bishop in 1938. Bishop’s intention was to make a soft drink that required less fruit and sugar than other sodas, due to the Great Depression. He started with a soft drink by the name of Citrus Club that was bottled in Phoenix, Arizona (which was quite

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Felix the Cat

Aug 13, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Felix the Cat is a lovable character that has been with us since the silent film era. The first incarnation of Felix is seen in Feline Follies – a 1919 Paramount Pictures short animated film. In the film, Felix goes by the name Tom Kat. There is confusion in Felix’s history regarding when he got

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Looney Tunes’ Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird

Aug 07, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  6 Comments

“Thufferin’ Thuccotash!” and “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!” Words spoken by one of the best-known character duos of all time, Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird. Tweety, or Sweetie Pie, was created by Bob Clampett and was first seen in Warner Brothers’ A Tale of Two Kitties in 1942. In the early days, Tweety

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