70s Spots: Bell System (Dolph Sweet, 1976 & Animated ’79)

Dolph Sweet ringing the Bell

“Keeping your phone system the best in the world.”

Here’s two spots for Bell System telephone. In the first, from December of 1976, we find actor Dolph Sweet getting us up-to-date on the phone company’s recycling program.

In the second commercial, from December of ’79, you’ll find some animation and advice on leaving musty old letter writing behind.

Bell System ‘Recycling’ Commercial (Dolph Sweet, 1976)

Animated Bell System Commercial (1979)

Previously on 70s Spots: Wisk, ‘Ring Around The Collar!’ (1971)

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70s Spots: Wisk, ‘Ring Around The Collar!’ (1971)

Wisk in action

“Squwak! Ring around the collar!”

Grooming and cleaning are the order of the day. First, we have a 1971 spot for Wisk featuring the product’s famous “collar” tagline and a feisty parrot.

After that, a commercial for Gillette’s The Dry Look from January of 1971 (produced in 1970).

Wisk ‘Ring Around The Collar’ Commercial (1971)

Dry Look ‘Wethead Dead’ Commercial (1971)

Previously on 70s Spots: ‘All My Children,’ ‘Ryan’s Hope,’ & ‘Operation Petticoat’ (1978)

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70s Spots: ‘All My Children,’ ‘Ryan’s Hope,’ & ‘Operation Petticoat’ (1978)

Erica Kane all aglow

“Love in the afternoon…”

Going back 39 years to August of 1978, we have a few ABC TV promos on display. First up, a spot for daytime soaps Ryan’s Hope and All My Children. You’ll find Susan Lucci as Erica Kane in this one.

Next, a spot for the Operation Petticoat TV series starring John Astin and a young Jamie Lee Curtis.

‘All My Children’/’Ryan’s Hope’ Promo (1978)

‘Operation Petticoat’ TV Series Promo (1978)

Previously on 70s Spots: Kentucky Fried Chicken ‘Colonel Talks’ (1971)

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70s Spots: Kentucky Fried Chicken ‘Colonel Talks’ (1971)

Not Rob Lowe

“We’ve got another whole generation of chicken-eaters coming up…”

Continuing our chicken theme, we have two commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Both spots aired on New Year’s Day 1971 (and were therefore produced in 1970).

The first spot has the Colonel chatting about children and leading them on an expedition. The second spot features a special date night with a daughter’s new boyfriend.

Kentucky Fried Chicken ‘Colonel Talks’ Commercial (1971)

Kentucky Fried Chicken ‘Special Date’ Commercial (1971)

Previously on 70s Spots: Wesson Oil & Van Camp’s Pork & Beans (1972 & ’74)

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70s Spots: Wesson Oil & Van Camp’s Pork & Beans (1972 & ’74)

‘The world’s greatest chicken fixa!’

“Cooks as light as it looks.”

Early Seventies Commercials now for Wesson and Van Camp’s. First up, a spot from 1972 featuring a singing mother for Wesson pure vegetable cooking oil. A few year’s later, Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch) would become spokesperson for Wesson – taking up the mantel of blonde-haired, singing mom.

The second spot is for Van Camp’s Pork and Beans and aired in early February of 1974 (probably produced in ’73). Have a splendid Friday!

Wesson Oil ‘Singing’ Commercial (1972)

Van Camp’s Pork & Beans Commercial (1974)

Previously on 70s Spots: Plymouth Road Runner & Ford LTD (1971)

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70s Spots: Plymouth Road Runner & Ford LTD (1971)

‘Meep! Meep!’

“Coming through!”

Warner Brother’s Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner appear in this spot for the 1971 Plymouth Road Runner. The commercial aired on New Year’s Day ’71 and was produced in 1970.

After that, we have a classical music-themed commercial for the Ford LTD from November of ’71. Former San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Stuart Canin stars in this one.

Plymouth Road Runner Commercial (Wile E. Coyote, 1971)

’72 Ford LTD ‘Quiet Plus’ Commercial (1971)

Previously on 70s Spots: Lipton Tea & Carnation Breakfast (1972)

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