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1972: Our Lives Through TV Commercials

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midwayization (3 days ago)
The Southwest Airlines one early on is amazing...I don't remember it, was probably only shown in Texas at the time. I guess it was real as no special effects were around...did she wear ear protection? What if the pilot needed an aborted takeoff?...Something like that could never, ever be filmed today in this post 9/11 world
CBS 70sfan (11 days ago)
Nixon Now? I watched a lot of TV as a kid and I don't recall ever seeing that one.
Troy W (12 days ago)
23:07 Don’t see commercials like this these days 😂😂. Young kids be like “gotta get one of those” 😂
Conscious Love (12 days ago)
These prove white people of demonic bloodlines.
Yosen B. Mamma (13 days ago)
Anybody else notice the car at 40:00? It looks like it has an elephant in its trunk. (No pun intended.)
John Wahan (13 days ago)
I Remember Going Shopping With My Grandparents At A&P . My Grandmother Would Grind Her Own Coffee. I Allways Loved That Smell. Thank.you For Sharing This. I Love The Memories Of Them And The Old Days. ☺
Rusty*\m/*Angel (15 days ago)
@ 30:11 best ever.
Jeffrey Richardson (15 days ago)
scotts new space command his movie now on demand douglas pounding sand
Jessica Mills (16 days ago)
I get a kick out of the McDonald's commercial, where they said you could feed a family for under $4. Now, depending on what a person orders, one might not be able to feed themselves for under $4.
George Bobb (16 days ago)
Interesting ! No military recruitment commercials like 10 years before.
George Bobb (16 days ago)
Wow ! Raquel
George Bobb (16 days ago)
Pumped that AMACO " high" into my 68 Road Runner many times
Scooby Carr (16 days ago)
After nearly 50 years, neither McDonald's nor the Big Mac has changed their tune or their tastes.
Scooby Carr (16 days ago)
At 13:00 Ford brought out the Pinto. But all those rear end collisions that blew up the Pinto's gas tank made Ford reconsider that shitty roundabout.
Scooby Carr (16 days ago)
Unfortunately I don't think that Zenith is around anymore.
Scooby Carr (16 days ago)
At 8:40 Why didn't Lipton tea get up the hill? Because the hill was too steep.
Scooby Carr (16 days ago)
At 6:45 unfortunately we had the AMC Hornet. Now I wished we could have had the Impala instead of that shitty AMC or that crappy Pontiac.
Scooby Carr (16 days ago)
3:35: I wish that Sears could go back to this "retro" logo. Maybe if it can go back to this logo, Sears would get back to respectability instead of bankruptcy.
Rodney Kingston (17 days ago)
Remember when white people worked at McDonald's?
Chris Cheshire (17 days ago)
Coke always had great songs with their commercials
Larry Rubin (17 days ago)
Great stuff. Thanks for putting together amazing video's
FredFlix (17 days ago)
You're welcome, Larry.
Fred Wucher (17 days ago)
There were a few interesting commercials from 1972 here. One was The Xerox as featuring an early e-mail system that is now commonplace today. Another was the Vitalis ad featuring the whole Super Dolphins of that NFL season, and the Sears ad featuring Bob Griese, the 1972 NFL MVP award winner.
Lucky B (19 days ago)
That Johnny Cash photo with the American Oil logo reminds me of the scene in the movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot where the Jeff Bridges and Clint Eastwood characters steal the Buick at the gasoline station. If you're old enough to remember all the gasoline credit cards with the affiliated station logos on the reverse side of those credit cards and full service gasoline stations, you can appreciate the joke from the film. In the scene: Dub Taylor is pumping fuel into the Buick and recites a monologue to the man sitting in the car about America, credit, and Buffalo Nickles. The man in the Buick continues to show Dub different gasoline credit cards from his wallet portfolio and Dub will interrupt the sermon with a glance at the credit card to say, "That ain't it!", then go right back to the monologue, "That ain't it!" The man's wife, sitting on the passenger side, keeps interjecting, "What's he saying?"
Rick Marone (19 days ago)
Well today you couldn't feed a family of 4 for $4.00 at McDonald's they want $15 an hour today would be more like $25 dollars oh well at it was good product back not how it is today
Faith Roberts (20 days ago)
When coke tasted good in those glass bottles, now at mc Donald you pay a arm and leg for a meal , miss the old days
P J 1 (20 days ago)
Odessey, pretty primitive.
Manon Mars (20 days ago)
I was 11 in 1972 and remember those days quite well. It was, for a child, a really cool time because toys were so cool and the color TVs were coming of age. We had a Curtis Mathes in 1969 and bought another in 1974. Talk about a TV set. Since I'm going back in time, I want a new Chevrolet, a Zenith TV and K-tel record selector.
Gordon Shumway (20 days ago)
Sitting here turned off my TV to watch these great memories in commercials on YouTube. I was 7 and life for me in ,72 was carefree, warm and loving where me and my siblings just enjoyed the peace of childhood, we delt with children struggles by not crying forever victim. We either settled it as kids, trusted our parents or our teachers to solve issues. Girls acted like girls, boys like boys, men and women flirted, corted, even fought like men and women and not as nondescript political victimd. Women were tough back then, any douche got lippy or too sexual with them the ladies would just tell them to pound sand. Was life perfect? No but we all just made the best of things. Some people did better, others not so. Life was what you made of it. Mothers and fathers knew to say the word NO to unruly and entitled kids. Commercials here froze time and yes embellished things but marked reality in a special way. Thanks for the upload 🤗
FredFlix (20 days ago)
Nice comment, Gordon.
Richard B (20 days ago)
Wow! A simpler, easier time. No mass shootings, no immigrant invasions, no school shootings, cheaper prices with better quality products. But then I guess we have technilogicly advanced as a human race. I think not!
Leo Thomas (20 days ago)
The year I was born.👶 1972 this is great thanks. ✌
FredFlix (20 days ago)
You're welcome, Leo.
Chris Fox (21 days ago)
Joey Heatherton - hubba hubba!!
Jimmy Barr (21 days ago)
12:47 The car that explodes upon slight impact from behind.
William Opalewski (22 days ago)
I remember the papa, mama, and baby burgers at A&W
raginrajan (29 days ago)
“And Sears, opening soon.” There’s something you don’t hear anymore.
Guitar Man (1 month ago)
The commercials then were more entertaining than television shows are today.
gregory griffin (1 month ago)
K TEL RECORD SELECTOR: I spotted Jackson 5's first album and Sly and the Family Stone's "LIFE" album! What familiar albums did you spot??
Frogman Smith (2 months ago)
Playing pong, email as an experiment, black woman knitting in her living room, mini skirts...ahhh the good old days.
Joy R (2 months ago)
I passed an elderly man and lady in a Chevy Impala yesterday. Those things were as big as tanks. The couple probably bought it new.
Darrell Palmer (2 months ago)
Thanks fred I miss those days. No terrorist no feminazis it was a simpler and better time. I'd give anything to go back to that time.
Peter Lamoureux (2 months ago)
Just imagine a phone that fits in your pocket...
Chesty McStudmuffin (2 months ago)
Coloreds hawking color TVs. Racists!
Nancy Krauss (2 months ago)
Wow! The girl in the Pepsi ad (timed around 17.25) looks totally drugged. Dark circles under eyes and HER eyes are droopy, spacey...Pepsi must have been targeting the "woodstock generation"!! Lol
Painindeass1million (2 months ago)
Interesting compilation! My two cult-classic favorites were the Playtex "No Visible Means of Support" ad (featuring the late, great Harry Blackstone, Jr.); and the Haines commercial featuring a leggy blonde stewardess (requisitely mini-skirted, of course).
dhenry1976 (2 months ago)
The blonde girl looks like John Travolta in drag
chickapey (2 months ago)
I was born in 1971 but remember that clarol herbal essence shampoo commercial.... loved it as a kid
Big Fun @ The Gallows (2 months ago)
Out of the dozens of these types of vids I've watched, this is one of the best collections.
FredFlix (2 months ago)
I appreciate that, Big Fun.
Karen Folques (2 months ago)
Love them days!
Carlos Carpinteyro (2 months ago)
The image of Johnny Cash lives on, still today....just look at the image on the tail any Alaska Airlines jet!!
Gaye Dyer (2 months ago)
New from K-Tel man that brings back memory’s
Heather Ferreira (2 months ago)
I don't want to even THINK about how many takes were required to get that Southwest Airlines commercial right :{
Archie Bunker (2 months ago)
I was 5 and really wanted Action Jackson
Archie Bunker (2 months ago)
Damn I miss those days
Blaire Ronzel (3 months ago)
Ho-Stess....so moist so creamy....mmm.
Anner Chisline (3 months ago)
Nixon Now! . . . Nixon Now! Heh heh! Ohhh 70s.
LoveEverton John (3 months ago)
I will buy the bed if Joey Hearton is on it.I 'll give her firness an comfort.
Gwen Wittig (3 months ago)
'Nixon Now'! ....who would have known how it all turned out. lol
Brian Allen (3 months ago)
I had forgotten just how incredible Pepsi was! Now that's marketing.
SeaMonkey137 (3 months ago)
Who knew Impalas were bear proof?
Matthew Chipman (3 months ago)
In August of 1972. My father won the MAIN EVENT STOCK CAR RACE. AT ERIE SPEEDWAY IN COLORADO. That race awarded him. $150.00 Cash prize. And a huge trophy!
notvalidcharacters (3 months ago)
Ken Nordine voiceover at 23:45
Joe American (3 months ago)
Wow! TWA, first class looked awesome and you could even reserve dinner at the dinning table!
moorek1967 (3 months ago)
I slightly remember the Ella Fitzgerald commercial, but I think they played it for many years. Didn't they switch to Evelyn Champagne King in the late 1970s?
moorek1967 (3 months ago)
That girl was almost wearing a dress.....
Sean Norman (3 months ago)
I had a 19 inch zenith... good television
David Davenport (4 months ago)
And nobody thought this email thing would never catch on.
Christopher U.S. Smith (4 months ago)
0:00 Great start with Peter Thomas and the Carter/Humble/Esso/Enco tiger becoming the Exxon tiger. :)
Mark J. Bullock (4 months ago)
It's actually amazing to see how much integrity many of these companies had about their products...
Mark J. Bullock (4 months ago)
The K-Tel Rec-ORD selector has to be my favorite so far!
Jacqueline Dixon (4 months ago)
I loved this coke commercial, gosh how did i forget this song, its been so long, brings back good memories.
June Green (4 months ago)
😱Wait a minute I have read 10 commenters comments and I have yet to run across someone talking about the Serta Joey Heatherton commercial! Usually when men see that commercial even now they are mesmerized 😵by this gorgeous looking woman that I hated (not really)when I was a child because she was so gosh-darn beautiful and I wish that I looked like that even though I was a African America kid This Woman's figure and her beauty was absolutely mesmerizing she was fit beyond belief and the commercial song was a showstopper! And that SEXY knife Cut Close to Her Head Short Short Hair style with whisp of Straggle hairs of different length going around her perfect shaped head! look at every one of these commercials and you will run across it! It is awesome she had that at least four or five Serta commercials and every one of them was awesome! Try a perfect sleeper,. Buy a perfect sleeper, Perfect Sleeper by Serta !💃
YouDummy (4 months ago)
14:46 Is that Bob Raleigh?
Head Coach (4 months ago)
My HS graduation year. Draft lottery number was 5 !!!!!!
dirk von kleiga (4 months ago)
Rachel Welch. . . . Damn. Von Kleiga
Doug Fowler (4 months ago)
Fun challenge, I was 3 that year so thought I might recall a few from a couple years later. I don't know if I remember one of the first car ones or that car driving down the road is stock footage for others. The Snoopy toothbrush ad I definitely recalled, I was so into Peanuts, and an early reader so that helped too. Some are so iconic, like Leggo my Eggo, I don't know if I remember that particular ad or one from a few years later. Advertisers made so many memorable ones then. But I sure remember all the products growing up in the 70s.
47 hammer (4 months ago)
Are there any 72 year Cars still Running??? I  don't think so..
47 hammer (4 months ago)
Just getting out of the Army in 1972.
lindsey607 (5 months ago)
Raquel Welch, man, what a delicious looking dish she was back in the day. A definite dime if ever there was.
Tiger. (5 months ago)
1:39 hot leg’s
Mike1614b (5 months ago)
Landover Mall closed in 2002, and except for the Sears Store, was completely demolished in 2007
Sheri451 (6 months ago)
Hardees used to sell those burgers when I was a kid, but later on they called it the Big Twin, and the Huskee was like a Whopper, it had beef, pickles, onions, lettuce and tomatoes. I always got it without the onions. And I don't remember Leggy'; just Barbie. I like root beer but I also like Cream Soda. and Arby's is still a good place to get a roast beef sandwich.I don't know about anyone else, but they took our J C Penney out of our mall. That used to be one of the places I loved shopping for clothes. And do they sell Hostess fruit pies anywhere? That man on the Quatro color television commercial looked like an Oompa Loompa at the end.
Sheri451 (6 months ago)
Ah! Good old A&P. My parents shopped there for years when I was growing up. I won't forget the Jane Parker fruit cakes my mom bought for Christmas and the Ann Page peanut butter and mayonnaise. There's not an A&P in the entire country anymore. I also think all of the Winn Dixie's are gone too. I loved Winn Dixie when they had them in my state. The steaks were so think and I loved their Superbrand Banana flavor ice cream. Their Chek soda's were good too. I loved those Green Giant commercials as a kid. I also love Creamed Corn to this day.
Sheri451 (6 months ago)
My Aunt Jean had a Pinto , it was a dark blue with those kind of seats and a hatchback too and she drove it for over fifteen years. She had to buy herself a brand new car when the Pinto broke down forever. I'll never forget that car, It brought me, my sister and my cousin Tina to school many mornings and whenever I was sick, she would come pick me up and bring me home from school. My Aunt Jean died in 1986, I used to love Herbal Essence shampoo. But they ruined it when they took that wonderful smell and replaced it with that vile coconut smell they have now. I love coconut custard pie and coconut cake and cookies, but I don't want to smell like it.
Sheri451 (6 months ago)
If that dress was any shorter in that Southwest commercial, that woman would have shown her ass to the entire US.I remember the Odyssey thing. My parents were friends with a couple that had one and my mom and the lady played it. The husband must have had a very good job, because it looked very expensive for 1972. My mom borrowed someones tape recorder around that time and I remember talking into it and I think I accidentally erased what I said because my mother began screaming at me "YOU BROKE IT!" whipped me and made me go to my room, a few minutes later I heard my little sister saying "Sheri broke this but mama fixed it." She never apologized for telling me I didn't break the tape recorder.
Neal Sausen (6 months ago)
Is that (a very young) Dan Aykyord on the Hardee's Hamburger commercial?!
Kabuki Joe (6 months ago)
Johnny Cash makes me want to go on a road trip now
Andrew Fernandez (6 months ago)
hardees merged wih roy rogers and carl juniors
Andrew Fernandez (6 months ago)
Amoco is bp british petroleum or bush petroleum
Tina Will (6 months ago)
What a fun look back...though I can't say I remember those "Leggy" dolls. Guess they ended up not being much of a thing...
V J (7 months ago)
13:01 but they did not do anything about Pinto exploding gas tanks!
Zeus Valentine (7 months ago)
Bobby Brady (7 months ago)
Equalize the volume my friend!!
Donald Fuller (7 months ago)
Why did Chevy and Ford ugly up there cars in the 70's?
Johnny Pissoff (7 months ago)
I sure miss america!
Mike 369 (7 months ago)
Very cool I was 7 years old then
J Polar (8 months ago)
Feed a family of four for under 4 dollars.........Amazing, today you are lucky to get a soft drink at McDonald's for under 4 dollars and you hit the jackpot if the person speaks English. Thank you.
LoveEverton John (8 months ago)
These take me back to when I was a kid.
TheJer1963 (8 months ago)
The Ford Pinto, the Chevy Vega and what Ford did to the Mustang in 74.......why??????? Dear lord the cars sucked in the 70's. Can't forget those Plymouth K cars in the 80's too.
UnleashTheGreen (8 months ago)
Nixon Now.........oh what a guy, makes you want cry........und i did
Guitar Man (1 month ago)
UnleashTheGreen Haha...nice Rocky Horror reference.
UnleashTheGreen (8 months ago)
Mr. Carlson arguing with his kid over an eggo waffle:)
UnleashTheGreen (8 months ago)
who would of thought a bunch of commercials would make you feel like weeping.