Hertz employee Don Adams moments before the spit take.
“Ever wondered why everybody doesn’t offer 32 different kinds of cars?”
Two spots today for Hertz Rent-a-Car. First up, we find Don Adams (Get Smart) as a Hertz valet. John Erwin provides the voice heard over the loudspeaker. The commercial aired in October of 1971. Adams and Erwin (separately) appeared in a heck of a lot of commercials in the seventies. Especially in the first half of the decade.
Second, a more straight forward spot for Hertz featuring a “pay nothing” per mile offer. This one aired in December ’71.
‘See-Through Groovy Pads’ would have been another good name for the product.
“It’s the best protection you’ve got.”
Today, we’re cleaning up cuts and scrapes at the top of the decade. First, the folks at Band-Aid take us all the way back to the year 1526 in this extremely retro spot. The commercial aired in May of 1970.
After that, lesser-remembered product, Clean ‘n Treat medicated first-aid pads, shows us the aftermath of a dangerous game of Cowboys & Indians. The spot also aired in May ’70.
Today’s theme is “Underthings of 1978.” With that in mind, let’s enjoy a classic commercial for Fruit of the Loom briefs from August of ’78. You’ll recognize the fruit mascots and the “Granny” who stars in the spot. If anyone has a name for the “Emma” actor, she often appeared on TV throughout the decade, please let me know.
After the “brief” spot, take in a commercial from January ’78 for Playtex’s Support Can Be Beautiful bra. The product that wolf whistles!
Eating and drinking in the late 70s is our tenuous theme today. First, enjoy a classic Hebrew National hot dogs spot featuring “Uncle Sam” that ran for a good few years.
After that, take in an Ovaltine Hot Cocoa Mix commercial that will remind you of A Christmas Story (although this predates the film by a good few years.) Both spots aired in January of 1979 but were produced in 1978 or earlier.
Classic Hebrew National Hot Dogs Commercial (1979)