I had a job sweeping the floors at WSOC TV in Charlotte, NC in 1972. One day a guy handed me a huge box of commercials on 16mm tape that were on their way to the trash-bin. He gave them to me because I was "an art guy" (at age 13), and would somehow "know what to do with them one day" or, so he insisted at the time.
I carried around that box of commercials for almost 40 years storing them in hot attics and damp basements along the way. Last year, I found somebody to digitize them.
Even though these vintage commercials have faded and sadly lost a lot of color with the passing of time, I've decided to share them with everyone, regardless. Some of them are simply gems.
After some late night viewing I must say that I love that washed out color red look, always have but then I'm not like the other children on the block. Unrestored film has a comforting look to it. These are great, Robert. I'm having myself a merry little Christmas. Thanks.
Tim O\'BrienDecember 22, 2007
90 videos on YouTube!
Now I'll never gat back to work!.
THat citgo chick is so geared up and hot for the citgo man, the cruel director just HAD to put her dad in the commercial and the car. Buzzkill.
Linzie HunterDecember 22, 2007
These are brilliant.
What's with the non-stop giggling with the button-baby? I fail to see the hilarity, or indeed why "it's ideal!"
Thanks for all the viewing... going to revisit over christmas!
Nancy StahlDecember 22, 2007
Hey, I remember that M&M's commercial..! Happy to say the rest aren't familiar. Guess my misspent youth at least wasn't spent watching these.
J.D. KingDecember 22, 2007
Thanks! (I think...)
Zina SaundersDecember 22, 2007
Seeing these again explains a lot, Zimm. Thanks!
Scott BakalDecember 22, 2007
Very cool, man. These are a just a couple of years before I started remembering commercials (I was about 3 years old with most of them) but a few I do remember seeing. The gumball machine (I had one), SSP racers...had a few. These are awesome. Too bad about the red tones but still a great document. Thanks!
Adam McCauleyDecember 22, 2007
What a treasure trove man! I don't have the time now but will check these out for sure. Thanks Zimm for carrying these around and finally digitizing them and getting 'em back up!
Christoph HitzDecember 23, 2007
Personally I embrace the color shift, for a while I used them for color inspiration in my illustrations. Great stuff, pre dating the video tape.
Elwood H. SmithDecember 24, 2007
Zimmster! Thank you for making these available.
By the way, those strange, reddish colors you see in those commercials are NOT washed out. I lived through that era (and long before the era of television) and, believe it or not, those WERE the actual colors of everything. I mean, that is how we looked and how our possessions looked and how our environment looked. Everything (at least everything in America) was skewed with a greenish cast or a blueish cast or a reddish cast. It was a weird time and those weird times produced weird people. Like Lou Brooks and Randy Enos. And me.
I hope I've clarified that misconception.