The Best 1970s TV Commercials

Growing up in the 1960s and '70's was a different world than it is now.  Somehow it seems life was simpler.  We did not need as much to have fun.  We may have been poor, but all we really needed was a couple of sticks to have a good time.  Imagination was how we played.  There were no video games, no internet, no cell phones. 

Commercials on TV were different also.  They probably will seem simplistect and silly today, but they were TV! back then.  TV was the best.  We were not allowed to watch it all day, usually a little in the evenings with the family was all we got.  If you were lucky, you got to watch an hour or two Saturday mornings.  Then it was, "go outside and play". 

When I was growing up each of the kids got to pick one show a week to watch.  I always picked "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom".  The only other show I ever picked was "Born Free".  I can remember the commercials back then.  I don't think there were as many as now, but things are different when you are a kid.  You remember differently than as an adult.

These were some of my favorite commercials growing up.  My friends and I could sing the songs and act them out.  Quoting these commercials showed how clever you were.  Often our senses of humor revolved around some of these.

The Oscar Meyer Bologna commercial was a great favorite. It taught us to spell bologna. (I just sang that song twice!) I doubt if I could spell bologna today if I had not learned this song as a child. Funny how some things just stay with you through life!

Slinky's, Slinky's, for fun they are wonderful toys!  Slinky's are still wonderful.  They walk down steps!  The pull toys shown were so much fun.  The front would come with you and later the end would catch up.  They held hours of endless fascination for myself and my sisters and brother!

The Frito Bandito...I still occasionally sing this song! I knew the Frito Bandito song before I ever ate a Frito chip. (Chips were bad for you back then.) The Frito Bandito was like that Lucky Rabbit for Lucky Charms, always stealing the Fritos. However, the Frito Bandito stole them at gunpoint. Probably not the most politically correct thing today!

I want you to notice a few things about this commercial.  First the butcher knows his customer.  This is back in the day when you went to the butcher's to get your meat.  The butcher knew everyone in the neighborhood.  I am not really sure if vegetarians existed back then. 

Second, notice that the chicken he is selling is whole.  Yes, people cut up their own meat back then.  What a novel concept!  If you go to the supermarket today, you will notice you can often get a whole chicken for $0.99 a pound.  You will pay about $2.40 a pound to have it cut for you.  Believe me when I say chicken is not that hard to cut up!

Mikey hates everything! Hey, Mikey, he likes it! I bet Mikes everywhere hated this commercial. If your name was Mike, we always wanted you to try it. We always said you would hate it. And we always were amazed that "Mikey, he liked it!" Sorry Mike! This is another one I still occasionally use.

Does anyone out there know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?  As far as I know, "the world may never know"!  I'm with Mr. Turtle, I always bite.  Has anyone ever gotten to the center without biting!  This is one of life's great unsolved mysteries.  Please help!

Please, don't squeeze the Charmin.  They knew that this commercial would make us all want to squeeze the Charmin!  We squeezed and we bought.  I still love Charmin.  Must be something I developed early in life.


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21 comments

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Those are some of my favorites as well, Kari! I love the Tootsie Pop one the best out of yours. I wrote a hub about my favorite 60-70s commercials too. The Oscar Meyer one was one of my pics as well.


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

A trip back in time....remembering with a smile.....thanks! :)


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Nice walk down memory lane .


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

Kari, I remember all of these commercials. Television has changed all right. I am not sure for the better. You mentioned watching T.V. in the evenings with the family. Some of my fondest memories are watching those old shows with my parents. Now, that I am a parent, it is very difficult to find a show that is appropriate to watch with my children. There is no such thing as family hour any more. Even when watching the 'family' shows, we are bombarded with inappropriate language and innuendos. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. In some ways, those were the good ol'days.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Great commercials I remember them all. I still see the Tootsie Pop commercials here and think its great that they still show it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

This was fun! I loved it!

dori


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djp21 7 years ago

Ha, those are great! Here are a few more for your enjoyment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvCTaccEkMI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEJL2Uuv-oQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dPF0SGh_PQ

(Yeah, I could post a hundred great School House Rocks, but I'll stop there.)

BTW, I can't get that Slinky song out of my head now - thanks a lot! ;)


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lafenty 7 years ago from California

I remember when tv came on around 4:00 in the afternoon and went off at 11:00 or so. Great commercials. Thanks for the memories.


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John Z 7 years ago from Midwest

Wow! Talk about a blast from the past. Great hub!


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Tom Koecke 7 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

Those were the days when they had ads for cigarettes and whiskey, and birth control was never mentioned!


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men are dorks 7 years ago from Namibia

the time we were all in awa, but they look miserable compared to today's high tech stuff. I was laughing at the poor quality of the actors and the outdated way of advertising. Good hub though, up's


Jmell 7 years ago

I still hum that Oscar Mayer song....and LOL...use the Mikey likes it when I try some new recipe.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

KCC, I have always loved those two. I'll have to pop over and check out your hub!

Thank you Tom, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

tony, Thanks for stopping by!

R Burow, Yes, things have changed very much. Watching TV with the kids is a true challenge!

Triplet Mom, I think they started playing the Tootsie Pop commercial again. It was always their best!

dori, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

djp, LOL, I remember those also! Thanks for the links.

lafenty, Things have changed. I'm glad you liked them!

John, Thanks for the enthusiasm! :)

Tom, How right you are...When I was looking at commercials I saw Fred and Barney taking a smoke break out back. LOL!

men AD, That was part of the charm...the crappy graphics and exaggerated acting.

Jmell, I am guilty also...of both! :D


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mamacoots 7 years ago from Louisiana

lol Yes, it does show how much tv has changed, but it also brought back a lot of memories. Things seemed more simple back then. sigh... Thanks for making me remember. ;-)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

mamacoots, Life was simpler, and we were not pushed to grow up so fast. It was fun to be a kid! :D


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Great trip back in time! I found your thoughts about the butcher poignant. I still sing that "Frito Bandito" song once and a while. And what I loved about Wild Kingdom was how Marlon Perkins would hide behind something while Jim would jump on a Rhino or Crocodile. That Jim had a pair.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

James, I still sing the "Frito Bandito" song also. I loved Wild Kingdom, and it was funny how Jim was always the doer...he must have had quite a pair!


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droj 7 years ago from CNY

These are great! I love the "blast from the past" stuff...


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

droj, Thank you!


Rita 7 years ago

What about LEGGS are here LEGGS are everywhere? Our LEGGS fix your LEGGS they hug you and hold you they never let you GOOOOOOOOO..

Laughing born 1963


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Rita, That puts a smile on my face! I had forgotten that, but now it's in my mind...I hope it doesn't stay stuck there for long, LOL! :D

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