13 brands that ruled yesteryear

Remember Brylcreem's 'little dab'? From hair pomade to sugary cereal, here are some products that earlier generations absolutely adored.

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Aug 27, 2013 11:22AM
What a fun article!!  I almost laughed out loud at the Prell "pretty much maced yourself" comment.  Nice way to lighten my morning.  BTW...I remember ALL those brands.  Jeez, I am old!!  LOL
Aug 31, 2013 3:44PM

Remember Dippity Doo? I loved that stuff in the '60's. It was the first hair gel. You could get it in pink or green.


Aug 31, 2013 3:42PM
Aug 31, 2013 3:28PM
One they forgot was the ORIGINAL Herbal Essence shampoo!!!  Does anyone remember that smell???  Man I miss that shampoo, what is offered today does not have that fresh clean, after wash aroma, when long hair was in, with the multi layered "Shag" hair cut was the thing, your hair would blow around and you could smell your own hair, really didn't even need cologne. Ahhh but when you did it was Jovan Musk, the original, not the stuff offered today.  Damn people back then plain "smelt better"!!!
Aug 31, 2013 3:31PM

Nothing better than an RC Cola and a Moonpie.


Aug 26, 2013 8:00PM
Kids are too stupid today to enjoy Alpha-Bits
Aug 31, 2013 4:05PM
My mom worked at the Woolworth lunch counter.  There I had my first bacon, lettuce, and tomatoe sandwhich on a Saturday, while Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire' was a brand new hit and played in the background.  
Aug 31, 2013 3:25PM
pall mall bare butts (no filter) and brylcream....memories from my youth...step dad smoked pall malls....and in the lean times (he worked construction) I would get paid a quarter to roll cigs with the Laredo cig machine...and at times sent to the corner store with a note and change to get cigs.....child abuse these days some would say, I say it was the times, just different. 
Aug 27, 2013 10:01AM
Just goes to show that we have regressed instead of advanced.
Aug 31, 2013 4:27PM

Once upon a time there was an engineer.

Choo-Choo Charlie was his name we hear.

He had an engine and he sure had fun.

He used Good 'N Plenty candy to make his train run.


Charlie said, "Love my Good 'N Plenty."

Charlie said, "It really rings the bell." (ding)

Charlie said, "Love my Good 'N Plenty."


Don't know any other candy that I love so well. Good 'N Plenty, Good 'N Plenty, Good 'N Plenty

Aug 26, 2013 9:37PM
Funny thing, but just recently I wondered if Necco's were still around.  I still miss Smith Bros. licorice cough drops and Blackjack gum.
Aug 26, 2013 11:13PM
Studebaker was a great product. My father owned several. I think it was poor management. That took excellent products and wasted them.
Aug 27, 2013 11:48AM
Its pretty obvious Jason the writer is not familiar with any of these products other than a quick look at Wikipedia.  And he doesn't quite seem to get most of their history, or current or final status of most of them right either.  Maybe a little more homework on the article before loping off for that microwave hot pocket.  And why the constant put downs and personal cut downs of people and things of the past?  So, one day people will think things of today are strange, and so on and so on...
Aug 31, 2013 6:48PM
Does anyone else remember the  penny candy counter ? The gal behind the counter would hold open a small brown paper bag while us kids of the 50's decided which of the sweet treats she would put in our bag. Of course at 1 cent each and with only a nickel to spend, it was a difficult choice to make!
Aug 27, 2013 12:13AM
""""""ditch artificial flavors and completely change the makeup of the product, as Necco did in 2009""""""

You know what? I aways liked Necco Wafers, and a few years ago, when I bought some and noticed the change.
 "Gee, these don't taste right", I said to myself. so I stopped buying them.

And then I read they changed the formula. 
HELLO Necco.....leave a profitable product alone, ok? I don't care about 'natural' or 'healther' .. I care about that good sweet taste in my mouth.

So they changed it back, but I still wonder if it's the same old Necco I grew to really enjoy.

PS, licorish, please make a whole roll of those only.
Aug 27, 2013 8:24AM

I remember all those brands!

You can still get some of them.

Aug 31, 2013 3:31PM
They screwed up Alpha-Bits when they put the marshmallow pieces in.
Aug 27, 2013 9:07AM
Most of the surviving products are not the same as they once were, with corporate changes, more artificial ingredients, and certainly smaller offerings in many cases. Advertising played a big role in the success/failure of many older brands ... Pall Mall was a big smoke back in the 50's, but when I was a teen in the 60's you had to be smoking Marlboros or Kools to be hip. I never liked Tab, but they really pushed it through advertising, and it was a hit for a while. Although the "fad" thing is often associated with the 60's era, I think it's as strong as ever today, with technology being the big driver for the "newest" must-have stuff. Older generations seemed to value old established things and ideas, where younger generations are about what is now.
Aug 26, 2013 9:53PM
The bit about Max Factor cosmetics reminded me of that line from Johnny Mercer's "Hollywood" song, "If you think that you could be an actor, see Mr. Factor. He'd make a monkey look good."
Aug 27, 2013 12:30PM
With kids today all so excited about telling each other the fantastic and once-in-a-lifetime news of what they had for lunch today on Twitter and Facebook, one might think Bob's Big Boy would get some real play. Guess not. Times have changed.

At the very least all the girls could say, "now there's a big boy."

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