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Whiskas “No More Birds” (circa 1993)

So many riffs on George H.W. Bush’s famous “Read My Lips” speech. This one is among the oddest.

White House “Sip ‘n Snack” (circa 1992)

Perfect for suburban kids’ sport practices or homework sessions, it’s a packaged combination of White House apple juice and Cheetos-style snacks. With a catchy jingle that touts the product’s supposed healthful qualities, it’s close to the pinnacle of pre-9/11 American society.

The Real Yellow Pages “Same Day Service” (circa 1989)

Once upon a time, children, we didn’t have the collected knowledge of all mankind available on demand from tiny computers in our pockets. If we needed to find information about a local business, we had to look them up. In a book.

Light ‘n’ Lively Yogurt: “Ask The Experts” (circa 1992)

Nothing sells products better than kids reciting scripted responses to a celebrity swimsuit model!

Project Rankin: A Retro-Commercial Holiday Ornament

A child of the hyper-consumerist 80s and 90s, Matt grew up on a steady diet of sugared cereal and UHF television. As such, his sense of nostalgia is driven as much by advertising trends of the era as it is by music or other sociological elements. This leads to an interesting relationship with the winter holiday season, where seasonally-themed television commercials hold as high a place in tradition as any carol, tree, or gift exchange. To celebrate this odd bit of seasonal nostalgia, Matt builds a retro-television-themed ornament from a Raspberry Pi that plays those magical commercials from his youth and is powered by a strand of holiday fairy lights!

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You’re Not Fully Clean Unless You’re Zestfully Clean! (Zest soap circa 1988)

One of those little jingles that got caught in my head as a child and creeps its way back into my consciousness every so often.

The National Recovery Institutes Group (circa 1992)

I wonder if attitudes have changed or just the way people seek recovery from addiction has changed, but I don’t seem to recall seeing commercials advertising addiction recovery centers lately. I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen one in at least 25 years!

Post Oat Flakes: Feel Your Oats

I’m not sure if I remember Post Oat Flakes cereal, but I’m sure a few people out there have felt their oats!

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Ocean Spray “Sweet Tart” (circa 1993)

“One taste of the Ocean Spray cranberry and people will say just about anything!” BoooowWWWWWhuppaduppadoobadoobaoohoohmowwww….

Does anyone know the name of the song that they used here? Leave me a comment if you know!

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Old National Discount Mall: “Something New” (circa 1992)

Does anyone remember going to the Old National Discount Mall down south of Atlanta? We had the Outlets LTD mall behind Town Center in Kennesaw when I was a kid (now part of KSU), so a trip to the other side of town was out of the question! I do remember these commercials in heavy rotation back in the day, though!

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