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The GEICO Gecko

Advertising Star He’s world famous, but modest and unassuming. His accent is English, and his delivery smooth, even in trying circumstances:     Who Does His Voice? Jake Wood was one of the ensemble actors on¬†Eastenders, a BBC evening soap … Continue reading

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Blackout 2003: Pluto Strikes Again

Toronto in the Dark This is a sight that one never expects to see. A whole region of country blacked out. This one started in Akron, Ohio and quickly spread to other parts of the USA and Canada. I was … Continue reading

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Did Anyone Call “Shotgun”?

Fallsview Casino There’s an advertisement running on television at the moment that has an odd ending: just before the two couples leave the apartment, one guy says to the other, “Did anyone call ‘shotgun’?” When the other fellow says, “No”, … Continue reading

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My Lay’s Face

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Credit Union Poster Boy 1979

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Try Not to Think of…

The Bay One of the most effective advertising campaigns occurred in the early 1980’s on British Columbia television. I’m not sure if it was a Canada-wide campaign because the actors in it were based in Vancouver. Meet the Actors Franz … Continue reading

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Subliminal Seduction

Are you being sexually aroused by this picture? Wilson Bryan Key took the concept of The Hidden Persuaders one step further and documented how advertising companies were using sex to sell their products. This was in the mid-70’s. Then, it … Continue reading

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