“The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” – William Faulkner
A stock image of a shopping basket and check out counter from 50 years ago reveals the staying power of brands from that long ago time. It’s interesting to gaze into the “purchases” in the pre-scanner grocery store and note that even after 50 years most of the brands still survive.
Survivors: Sanka, Jello, Birds Eye, Maxwell House, Bakers, Good Seasons Italian, Tang, Kool Aid, Duncan Hines Cake Mixes, Maxwell House Instant, Log Cabin Syrup, Yuban, SOS Pads, Minute Rice, Dream Whip, Post Toasties Corn Flakes, Alpha-Bits, Prime.
Swallowed up by time: Awake, Lemonade Mix, Gaines-burgers.
The persistence of real food: Milk, Bread, Cheese, Apples, Celery, Cabbage
Listen to the sound of a Maxwell House coffee maker at work and other vintage commercials from 1964:
Shoot a duck and win a jar of Tang....
Sanka, still remarkably 97% caffeine free:
How do you top a strawberry? Easily!
Toasting makes things better!
If it weren’t for Gainesburgers I wouldn’t be here!
How far back was 1964? This far:
January 8 – In his first State of the Union Address, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson declares a "War on Poverty".
January 18 – Plans to build the New York City World Trade Center are announced.
Some Films of 1964: Goldfinger, Hard Day’s Night, Zorba the Greek, Dr. Strangelove
Some Books: Dick Gregory - Nigger: An Autobiography, Ernest Hemingway - A Moveable Feast, Herbert Marcuse - One-Dimensional Man, Marshall McLuhan - Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man
Music of 1964: February 7 – The Beatles arrive in the United States and are greeted by thousands of screaming fans at New York's Kennedy Airport.
March 14 – Billboard Magazine reports that sales of Beatles records make up 60% of the entire singles market.
Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin'
US Political Events of 1964: October 1 – Three thousand student activists at University of California, Berkeley surround and block a police car from taking aCORE volunteer arrested for not showing his ID, when he violated a ban on outdoor activist card tables. This protest eventually explodes into the Berkeley Free Speech Movement.
November 3 – U.S. presidential election, 1964: Incumbent U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson defeatsRepublican challenger Barry Goldwater with over 60 percent of the popular vote.
Born: January 17 – Michelle Obama, lawyer, first African-American First Lady of the United States and wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United States, Barack Obama
Died: September 28 – Harpo Marx, comedian (born 1888)Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 19, 2014 12:13 PM