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Vintage Bell Telephone Ad It may have been a desirable job but it was not an easy one. Telephone companies had strict rules for all aspects of operators' behavior on the job. Merely to get the job, a woman had to pass height, weight, and arm length tests to ensure that she could work in the tight quarters afforded switchboard operators. Operators had to sit with perfect posture for long hours in straight-backed chairs. They were not permitted to communicate with each other. They were to respond quickly, efficiently, and patiently even when dealing with the most irascible customers...
Tags: ad  bell  telephone  operators 
Added: 20th August 2007
Views: 6553
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Posted By: Teresa
McDonalds Arch Deluxe flop McDonalds has had a few flops on their menu over the years. None was more costly than the Arch Deluxe fiasco of 1996. McDonald's marketed the sandwich as an adults-only burger. A very odd $100-million advertising campaign was launched to emphasize the point. Commercials featured kids who didn't want anything to do with the burger. (Some even said it was yucky.) Surveys showed the bizarre ad campaign was turning off potential customers from all demographic groups. Moreover, the Arch Deluxe was the highest priced burger on the menu, which did not help sales either. McDonald's then tried to salvage the burger with a more traditional advertising approach: This time the commercials showed McDonald's icon Ronald McDonald enoying the burger while doing adult activities, such as playing golf. It was too late, though. Even coupons allowing people to buy the burger for just a dollar failed to save the Arch Deluxe from extinction. McDonalds discontinued the sandwich in 1997.
Tags: Arch  Deluxe  McDonalds 
Added: 17th November 2007
Views: 15406
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Posted By: Lava1964
Whatever Happened to Remember the Sprint Guy? Until September of 2005, he was the spokescharacter for Sprint wireless phones, the guy who solved pesky cellular problems wherever and whenever they arose. He was ubiquitous, appearing in 155 commercials over a period of six years. More than that, he was an icon of the Internet age, the Mr. Whipple, the Joe Isuzu, the Madge or Mikey of his time. One day The Sprint Guy was gone, dropped like a bad connection. He went away quietly, without making a scene, which is just how you'd expect him to go. He was, it seems, a victim of corporate politics. Sprint bought Nextel for $35 billion, and as a result, things changed. Sprint Guy was great when Sprint was selling its services primarily to household customers. But Nextel began focusing on the business market, and so the company decided they needed a new image. Spring Guy was put on 'hiatus' for an indefinite period.
Tags: sprint  cellular  phones  advertisements 
Added: 9th January 2008
Views: 1708
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Posted By: Sophia
Burger King Commercial 1976 The customer gets to decide what he/she wants on a burger! What a concept!
Tags: Burger  King  commercial 
Added: 13th September 2008
Views: 1644
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Automat Automats were a type of make your own meal cafeteria. Customers bought individual items by placing coins into slots next to the food you wanted. The coins unlocked a glass lid and you helped yourself. Automats were all the rage for a while especially during the 1950s.
Tags: automat  restaurant 
Added: 6th September 2008
Views: 1150
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Posted By: Lava1964
Charlie Chaplin The Pawnshop 1916 Here's a 4.5-minute clip from the Charlie Chaplin film, The Pawnshop (1916), in which Charlie portrays a hapless pawnshop employee. The final two minutes are the most noteworthy. They feature one of Chaplin's best sustained comedy bits: his examination of a customer's alarm clock.
Tags: Charlie  Chaplin  Pawnshop  alarm  clock 
Added: 15th December 2008
Views: 1066
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Posted By: Lava1964
1903 World Series Photo One of my favorite sports photos. It was taken at Boston's Huntington Avenue Base Ball Grounds sometime during the 1903 World Series. Some captions claim it was taken before the first game. Other captions claim it was taken after the seventh game. Notice the fans standing behind ropes in the outfield. This was a common practise in those days to squeeze more paying customers into sold out games. Special ground rules had to be made to deal with batted balls that flew or rolled into the crowd.
Tags: 1903  World  Series 
Added: 19th December 2008
Views: 1154
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Posted By: Lava1964
Last Public Guillotine Execution 1939 Beginning in 1793, death by guillotine was the official method of capital punishment in France. Public executions were the norm and attracted large, enthusiastic crowds. The last criminal to be publicly executed in France was multiple murderer Eugen Weidmann who lost his head on June 17, 1939. His execution was clandestinely filmed by a spectator from his apartment window. (This photo is a frame of that film.) The wild exuberance of the crowd prompted the French government to cease all further public executions. Still, the death penalty remained on the books in France until 1981. The last guillotine customer was torture-murderer Hamida Djandoubi who assumed room temperature, away from the eyes of the public, on September 10, 1977.
Tags: capital  punishment  guillotine  France 
Added: 12th May 2009
Views: 3906
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Posted By: Lava1964
Green Acres Haney Phone Service Mr. Haney squeezes every possible cent from his customers when he takes over the local telephone service in this episode of Green Acres.
Tags: Green  Acres  Mr  Haney   
Added: 6th July 2009
Views: 2226
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jack Dempsey Restaurant A Broadway eatery owned by former heavyweight champion was a New York City hot spot for many decades. Visitors could often find the ex-champ on the premises greeting his fans and customers. (My grandparents met Mr. Dempsey that way!) Menus from the restaurant made excellent souvenirs.
Tags: Jack  Dempsey  Broadway  restaurant 
Added: 29th September 2009
Views: 1003
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Posted By: Lava1964

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