December 21, 2014: The Happiest Kid on the Block


There are sixteen more ads today, including fourteen additions to the Holiday Season Ads gallery, starting with a Sunday, 12/17/95 ad for the U.S. Postal Service (Attention Procrastinators). Next is 12/17/95 full-page ad for Jamie Farr Kroger Classic tickets (A great Stocking Stuffer), followed by a Thursday, 12/21/95 ad for "A Christmas Reunion" on A&E, and a Saturday, 12/23/95 ad for World of Nature, "The Tale of the Arctic Fox," another "Holiday Specials on TV5" ad. There's also a Sunday, 12/24/95 full-page ad (Merry Christmas from the Staff and Management of The Blade) and a Monday, 12/25/95 half-page ad (Sunoco MidAmerica Marketing & Refining Wishes You Safe and Happy Holidays). You'll also find a Tuesday, 12/26/95 ad for BET's celebration of Kwanzaa, and a Wednesday, 12/27/95 ad for First Night Toledo 1996 (Celebrate! New Year's Eve Downtown). Next is the Sunday, 12/31/95 TV Week cover (New Year's Rockin' Eve '96 with Dick Clark), followed by a full-page ad from that same TV Week, a CableSystem Corner ad for New Year's programming, for the Disney Channel's New Year's Day Animation Celebration, the Sci Fi Channel's Twilight Zone Marathon, and the USA Pictures Megamovie Marathon. There are also four ads from 1951 and 1952. At that time. Toledo TV viewers only had one local channel, WSPD-TV 13, and three Detroit channels, 2, 4, and 7 to choose from. Cleveland also had three channels, 4, 5 and 9. There were many ads for this relatively new gadget called television in The Blade including these, a Monday, 12/4/50 full-page ad (Tha Happiest Kid on the Block...will he be yours this Christmas?), a Wednesday, 12/8/50 ad for GE's Black-Daylite Televisions (for this Christmas and many more), and a Wednesday, 12/13/50 ad for Olympic TVs at Grinnell's (Be a Wonderful Santa!). There's also a Sunday, 12/2/51 Christmas ad for Tiedtke's, and one more 12/2/51 ad, a full-page ad for RCA Victor televisions (At Last! Perfect Pictures from all 3 Detroit TV Stations...). Although I'm sure these TVs with the built-in "Electronic Supercharger" were being advertised as Chrsitmas gifts for the family, there was no mention of the holiday season in this ad so I added this one to the Other Vintage ads gallery. And the last of this year's 133 holiday ads is an addition to the Football Bowl Game Ads gallery, a Monday, 1/1/96 ad for The Outback Bowl on ESPN. By the way, Penn State beat Auburn 43-14. June 1996 ads, from the online archives of The Toledo Blade are on the way...but they won't be here until next Sunday (December 28). Happy holidays to all!