Sunday, December 7, 2014

The American Home, December 1965

It's time for this month's American Home magazine.  Actually, there will probably be several as I have quite a collection.  It just depends on how good I am about scanning them.  These things are huge and those double-paged ads are the worst.

Anyway, not too much to comment on in this issue which is fairly light in content but rich in advertisements, so enjoy the pictures.




We had a few of these albums when I was a kid along with those issued by A&P grocery stores and Goodyear Tires.

Rudolph was originally shown during the General Electric Fantasy Hour in 1964 and originally included commercials featuring the characters from the show pushing GE's small appliance line.  It ended with the elves dropping boxes from Santa's sleigh which featured the show's credits rather than the Misfit Toys most of us are familiar with.  In fact, the original ending did not have Santa Claus returning to the Island of Misfit Toys at all, the old So and So.  The public created such a uproar over the omission, new scenes were created which appeared in all future broadcasts.













Ham, Ma'am?







This ad reminds me of the scene from "Blast from the Past" where detectives are investigating the presumed death of Christopher Walken's character.  Upon learning he drank hot Dr. Pepper, one detective exclaims, "He drank it hot?  Good God."


This ad for Scotch tape was drawn by Ted Key who was the artist for the one-panel comic strip Hazel which was made into the tv show which ran from 1961 to 1965.




Fruitcake has earned a bad reputation and undeservedly so, in my opinion.  I happen to like it.  It's generally accepted that the jokes about it began with Johnny Carson in the mid 1980's when he implied there was but one fruitcake in the world and it was sent to someone else by the previous recipient every year.  I know this isn't true because I eat one myself every year.

10 comments:

Bob Johns said...

Hot Dr. Pepper?? Trying to wrap my mind around that one! I just might try it is that crazy??

FrankO said...

i had a long-ish post about the glories of real fruitcake that i had typed up TWICE, only to have it eaten by this damn blog interface, so i'll just put all that aside and chime in on the "Hot Dr. Pepper -- wtf" thread... i mean, SHEER MADNESS.

Tom said...

Not crazy at all, Bob. Try it and let me know what you think.

Tom said...

Sorry to hear about the difficulties, I know that's frustrating. I tend to copy any long comments into a notepad session for just such an occasion. But if you have the stomach to try one more time, I'd love to hear about the glories of fruitcake. I need somebody on my side!

Caffeinated Joe said...

Love the vintage goodness. Had no idea Rudolph and his castmates were part of a magazine ad campaign, very cool to see!

Lady M said...

OMG - the hairdryer and the electric shoe polisher - what will they think up next?

Lady M said...

I blogged yesterday about a fruitcake my husband makes here: http://ladymhauntedparlor.blogspot.com/2014/12/creepmas-day-7-fruitcake.html

Tom said...

And not just any hairdryer. A wearable one WITH a smart carrying case!

Tom said...

Thank your Lord, Lady M, for furthering fruitcake's redemption.

FrankO said...

nah, it's my own fault -- you have reminded me before. i just keep forgetting to copy it before trying to post, sigh.

anyway, the gist of my post was that i love fruitcake, too. last fall i baked and started feeding a traditional english-style fruitcake so it would be ready in time for xmas. being fruitcake, there was some left over (about 1/3), so i hauled it out of the fridge last week to see how it's faring and get it ready for this year. it's a little on the dry side, but a couple tablespoons of hootch should help it.

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