Margaret Hamilton as Cora
(Maxwell House commercial, 1978)
“Good to the last drop.”
You’ve had your toast (see previous spot), now it’s time for a nice cup of coffee. Here’s the Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton, to serve it up.
Hamilton starred as Cora the shopkeeper in a series of these Maxwell House spots. This one aired in July of 1978.
Maxwell House ‘A.D.C.’ Coffee Commercial, 1978
Previously on 70s Spots: Home Pride ‘Butter Top’ Bread (1978)
Got any bread, man?
“You can practically taste it with your eyes.”
Here’s a tasty Home Pride “Butter Top” bread commercial for those of you who may be feeling a mite peckish. The spot aired in April of 1978.
Home Pride ‘Butter Top’ Bread Commercial, 1978
Previously on 70s Spots: Lip Quenchers Lipstick (1978)
So hot, ya gotta keep ’em on ice.
(Lip Quenchers commercial, 1978)
“Wet your whistle.”
Here’s one for Chapstick’s Lip Quenchers lipstick. The commercial aired in April of 1978. Whistle along.
Lip Quenchers Lipstick Commercial, 1978
Previously on 70s Spots: Radio Shack ‘Bicycle Radios’ (1976)
Horn and reflector built right in. All you need is a thermos and your road trip is set!
(Radio Shack commercial, 1976)
“The perfect gift for pedal-pushers.”
Here’s actor, Paul Burke in one of his many Radio Shack spots. This one, from December of 1976, shows off a collection of fancy bicycle radios.
Radio Shack ‘Bicycle Radios’ Commercial, 1976
Previously on 70s Spots: Mercury Monarch ‘Mercedes Challenge’ (1975)
More Radio Shack at Bionic Disco: Radio Shack CBs & Coleco’s ‘Combat!’ (1976 & ’77)
Mercury beats Mercedes?
(Monarch commercial, 1975)
“41 out of 50 rated Monarch’s performance superior…”
Did you know that in a test of “handling and driving-comfort” Mercury Monarch beats a Mercedes? Well, now you do. The spot below aired in May of 1975.
Like me, you’ll recognize the actor in this commercial from various film and TV appearances. Unlike me, you may be able to name him. Feel free to let me know.
*Update: Astute reader, Michael Lane has identified the actor as Arthur Hill.
Mercury Monarch ‘Mercedes Challenge’ Commercial, 1975
Previously on 70s Spots: Grecian Formula 16 (1975)
A bottle on the box.
(Grecian Formula 16 commercial, 1975)
“It’s as easy to use as water…”
The following product always makes me think of Ronald Reagan, who famously-claimed he didn’t use hair dye. Did he, perhaps, use Grecian Formula 16 instead?
The spot below aired in January of 1975 and was likely produced in 1974.
Grecian Formula Commercial, 1975
Previously on 70s Spots: American Express ‘NYC’ (1974)