First, a short video by my buddy Pete Kastanes, who has lots of videos and advertisements from stores that no longer exist in the Chicago area. A few of them are highlighted in the video:
It seems not long ago that there were many more ads on prime time TV about food items and cleaners that you could buy at your local grocery store. Daytime TV was loaded with them. Now it seems like prime time ads are mostly for cars and pharmaceuticals and daytime ads are for lawyers and trade schools.
I spent a lot of time in grocery stores (more correctly supermarkets, but that’s not a word with roc in it) when I lived at home. Mom would send me to the store with a list, and I’d buy whatever was on it. It always took me a little longer to do the shopping, because I’d get distracted looking at all the products that I had seen on TV and in the newspaper ads, just wondering what all the fuss was about. What made this cleaner better than that one, or this dessert tastier and those TV dinners more nutritious? And what kind of things could I find that seemed just a little strange to find in a grocery store?
Amazing how easily amused I was…
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