Unforgettable Local Ads

New Orleans has a million of these. The first that comes to mind is the Rosenberg’s girl. Say “Rosenberg’s” to anyone in New Orleans over 40 and they will immediately shout “1825 Tulane.” Unfortunately, as we say in New Orleans it “ain’t dere no more.”


Another great furniture was the Universal Chairman.

And possibly the best was the Frankie and Johnny’s “special man.”
“Let her have it.” “With no problems.”
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The Pacific Northwest in the 1980s had Cal Worthington.

Huh, weird. He’s apparently from Long Beach, CA. But we got these in Seattle.

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I lived n Stockholm in the late 1960s and there was a billboard inside the subway train car. It featured a girl, bare to the waist (not an issue in Sweden), with a huge bruise from her shoulder to her waist. The caption read…“I was wearing my seatbelt and I am alive.”

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This is a Baltimore classic. The tagline is “Don’t urinate on my leg and tell me it’s raining!”

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Indeed. I still hear, to the tune of “Happy and You Know It”:

If you want a car or truck, go see Cal,
If you want to save a buck, go see Cal,
Give a new car to your wife,
She will love you all your life,
Go see Cal, Go see Cal, Go see Cal.

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New Yorkers will no doubt remember the Fugazy Continental limousine company, which was so successful at one point that it got Bob Hope to do the voiceover for its ads:

After the company imploded amidst fraud allegations, its name became a local slang term for anything scammy or fraudulent.

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Barry R Glazer Law Office is Baltimore legend! He should be an elected official!!
Scott Donahoo of Foreign Motors is gone (I guess…who really knows…but his spots were simply obnoxious and over the top, too) He is/was almost as good at Barry Glazer!

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does anyone remember Crazy Eddie in New York City? He was loud and obnoxious and he sold more good that anyone else … his ads really made him sales and he was a subject in classes at NYU.

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When I lived in Memphis, TN. about 25 years ago, a commercial ad which was to be seen locally during the Superbowl ended up inadvertently, I’m sure, going national during THAT day!
It was a simple commercial utilizing hilarious stereotypical moving men who literally, move in practically when they should be working and in the best country way, while a mover is in front of the TV, drinking and snacking, he asks," Hey, Lady! You got any more of them delicious little finger cakes?"

The actual company was advertised in their first ad ever via Super Bowl. They touted the name “Two Men and a Truck!” They shut down the next day due to overwhelming response nationwide. I do not know if they are the same company that uses it’s name today but between the ad and the story, it spiralled out of control and has caused a lot of laughter in our home since!

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This is AMAZING.

Please fact check for me as I am" over 50!"

YES. I can’t think of a more representative Victoria, BC example.
“I won’t be undersold!”

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Oh wow! I’ve always wondered where that word came from!

So many good local STL commercials.
How about Schweig Engel?

Best STL commercials ever Steve Mizerany - Steve Mizerany, one of the 'decent boys,' dies at 87
I also got to help the Lampert Brothers make their first TV commercials when I sold auto parts for them.

I went to school at a university in rural Missouri. What I most recall are the billboards.

For good or ill, I don’t have pictures. Well, for good because I was driving when I saw them.

As you approached the town, you’d see these little signs - more like campaign signs, not full-fledged billboards - advertising “Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal”. There were MANY of these, not all from the same place. Which implies:

  1. A fair number of men in the area had vasectomies
  2. Enough of these men later wanted to reverse their vasectomy, that there was enough of a market to support multiple doctors specializing in this.
  3. That a small roadside sign could somehow influence what I would have considered a major lifestyle and medical decision.

Other than those, there were also a couple proper billboards which all had some variant of “Beer - Soda -Sandwiches - Ammo - Bait - Snacks - Ice”. You know, basically everything you’d need to go on a fishing or hunting trip.That was a thing, I guess. And the Wal-Mart didn’t put them out of business (unlike the local grocery stores and most other businesses in the town).

And lastly, just as you entered town off the highway, there was a nice big billboard which said: “Uncontrollable Sex Life? Uncontrollable gambling? Uncontrollable drinking? Uncontrollable drug use?” [etc., I don’t recall the whole list] and in the middle in huge letters "JESUS!"
I think the intention was to say “If you’re having trouble with any of these things, you need JESUS! in your life.” but I always read it more as “You’re having trouble with all these things? JESUS! You’re fucked up!”


For some reason, Inverness, Florida offered some version of this message on every billboard in town.

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St. Louis for the win!

I don’t know that I’ve gone more than a month in the last 20 years without hearing someone sing “Century three… Chevrolet… Lebanon Church Road Pittsbuuuurrrrrg.”

From Dayton, OH-2 gems


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