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15 Vintage Fast Food Commercials That Take You Back To The Good ‘Ol Days

Fast food commercials have been around for decades. We remember growing up to all the classic jingles and slogans associated with the burger joints and pizza chains.

Have you ever wondered how far back fast food commercials go? We dug around and found some of the earliest television spots for 15 of the most popular fast food chains still around today.

It’s crazy to see what the original Ronald McDonald looked like, or how fly the original uniforms for Dominos pizza workers were.

Check out the videos and get a glimpse into the earliest days of your favorite fast food brands.

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Pizza Hut (1965)

If Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero threw some Benny Hill into a pizza commercial, it would be this classic Pizza Hut promo from 1965. The minute-long spot features a dude getting chased for 45 seconds before any pizza shows up at all. A pretty bold move for an ad but it worked.

McDonald’s (1963)

The first appearance of Ronald McDonald, McDonald’s infamous mascot, will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Who would have thought the clown gets more family-friendly as time passes?

Don’t think we could ever eat a Big Mac sitting next to this guy.

Burger King (1974)

Burger King probably has the best, most catchy, jingle of the old school fast food commercials. It’s also uncanny how they got an actress who looks and sounds exactly like Julie Andrews’ Mary Poppins.

I wonder what a Mac N’ Cheetos jingle would sound like coming from this angel?

Jack in the Box (1977)

There was a time Jack, the fast food chain’s iconic frontman, had not yet graced television sets. In this pre-Jack Box world, customers were sold on the brand through multiple items that went beyond the simple hamburger.

Non-burger items included breakfast sandwiches, fries, and steak sandwiches.

Wendy’s (1977)

Surprisingly, Wendy’s burgers still look the same today as they did in the ’70s. Only a few years after this spot aired did the infamous “Where’s the beef?” commercial make history.

Domino’s Pizza (1978)

Before Dominos low-key became a tech company, they used to put their employees in the freshest uniforms on the block and offered free delivery.

Also, is that dude practicing Wing Chun with pizza dough?

Taco Bell (1977)

It’s awesome to see that Taco Bell even did menu-item fusions since the beginning. Enchirito, anyone? If that high school jock only knew that one day he’d be able to get a burrito loaded with Cheetos.

Del Taco (1979)

Boasting four different kinds of burritos in one of their earliest spots, Del Taco’s 30-second promo put a large emphasis on the California chain being “Hot Stuff.”

In-N-Out (1987)

As far as far as food shots go, In-N-Out’s commercial from the late ’80s is probably the most food porn heavy of the batch. Though it can be argued that their Instagram game is still stuck in the ’80s.

Little Caesars (1982)

Little Caesars remains to this day the best pizza spot to grab when you’re strapped for time. We’d just roll in on our lunch break, grab a $5 pizza and some Crazy Bread, and crush it on the way back to work.

Pizza pizza, yo.

Sonic Drive-In (1977)

America’s Drive-In hasn’t changed much since this first commercial aired. Folks are still rolling in and ordering chili dogs as they sit in their vehicles and enjoy their meals.

The only difference now is instead of enjoying each others’ company, we’re YouTubing episodes of Arthur on our smartphones as we scarf down our food.

Subway (1977)

Before that pervert Jared Fogle was put in Subway’s spotlight, the fast-casual sandwich chain would boast their giant footlong subs.

The sandwich chain’s motto: “When you’re hungry, make tracks for Subway.”

Popeyes (1979)

Man, how’d we forget that the Louisiana Fried chicken chain had the rights to Popeye the Sailor? All we think of now when it comes to Popeyes is grabbing some spicy chicken on a Tuesday.

As my editor would say as we order boxes of fried chicken: “That Blackened Ranch sauce is crack.”

Carl’s Jr. (1980)

As life-long breakfast lovers, this vintage Carl’s Jr. commercial left our mouths wetter than April in Seattle. The classic commercial featured up-close and wide angle shots of the fast food chain’s entire breakfast menu, including a spectacular steak and eggs dish.

Dairy Queen (1960s)

This Dairy Queen commercial from the 1960s was more than likely aimed at kids fresh out of class. The half-animated promotion featured cartoon characters and glamour shots of ice cream sundaes being devoured by children.

Could use a little more color though.

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Coca-Cola Releases 200-Piece Vintage Clothing Line and It’s Awesome

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It’s finally happened.  In its quest for world domination, Coca-Cola released a 200-piece clothing line by the vintage designer DRx, also known as Dr. Romanelli. Inspired by clothing from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s that DRx found in thrift and vintage stores around the world, these individual pieces are actually stitched together from old Coke-branded clothing. 

 T-shirts and lots and lots of bomber jackets round out the collection. Unfortunately these brand-stamped clothes might break the bank, with jackets costing over a thousand dollars and shirts ranging from $35 to $50. The line will hit select stores in cities around the world including New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. And while this isn’t Coke’s first collaboration with a designer (past partnerships include Uniqlo, D&G and Marc Jacobs), it’s certainly their first vintage approach.

Would you spend the big bucks for some re-imagined vintage Coca-Cola clothing? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kegerator Hybrid Has 60-Inch Screen, 140 Video Games and a Beer Keg

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You might want to sit down for this one. The folks at Dream Arcades have invented the Kegerator Pro 60, aka the “ultimate party machine.” No, it’s not a keg with your favorite brew nor is it a nostalgic video game marathon. It’s not even an HDTV screen of epic proportions.

It’s all damn three, and a fridge, because why f*ckin’ not.

We apologize for any fainting spells of disbelief that may have caused.

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The Kegerator Pro 60 features a built-in fridge, a keg with three separate taps, a 60-inch HDTV screen and more than 140 classic video games including Street Fighter, Pac-Man and Centipede. This beer-flowing arcade hybrid also comes equipped with a DVD player, MP3 software and internet capability. So, when you’re not furiously lightning kicking into the air, you can watch TV or listen to music.

Think The Last Barfighter, which debuted in February, but more games and booze.

In an email to CNET, the company promised that “players never have to stop the action to refill their drink” and thanks to the arcade’s two built-in cup holders, “players can keep their drinks topped off while keeping one hand on the joystick.”

Sadly, as Nobel Prize-worthy as the Kegerator is, it also comes with a $5000 price tag. Dream Arcades indeed.

Kegerator Pro 60, $5000 @Dream Arcades

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Donkey Kong Nespresso Display for Your Inner Vintage Gamer

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Are you the kind of person that busts out the old Nintendo on a Friday night and pops in some Super Mario Bros. 2 or Earthbound? Do you appreciate the aesthetics of 8-bit designs? Then maybe this Donkey Kong Nespresso Wall Mount is just the thing for you!

Created by Hologramer, this work of art was inspired by the classic Donkey Kong game. CapsuleKong is a unique wall-mount that rolls out your morning Nespresso capsules in Nintendo fashion. The design of the mount captures the nostalgia of the original game level with beautifully carved characters.

Holding exactly 50 capsules, the mount is designed to roll perfectly from top to bottom. At 360mm wide and 440mm high with a 10mm diameter, the wall-mount is the perfect treat for video game aficionados who pre-date the era of Angry Birds and Candy Crush. If this was hanging on my kitchen wall, I’d definitely be more of a morning person.

CapsuleKong $170 @FancyThings

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According to this Vintage Ad, Aunt Jemima Is the OG of Bacon Pancakes

The bacon craze has been going strong since the 1980’s, earning America the title Bacon Nation. We have, in our love for the salty crunchy goodness, eaten it with our breakfast, stuffed it in our sandwiches, sprinkled it on our salads and paired it with our desserts and even cocktails. But if you rewind the clock before it became so popular a commodity that bacon toothpaste seemed like a good idea, before it became a popular tattoo, before we showed absolutely no mercy for the poor swine and included it in 80% more of our menus, Aunt Jemima was already way ahead of us.

The vintage ad is from the 1930’s, figuring from the way Aunt Jemima is captured.  Aunt Jemima pancake batter is poured on top of sizzling bacon, and while we’re aware of the brilliant duo, this aged image signifies that foodism and over-indulgence has been a part of the American DNA. When something is good, you eat it with something equally delicious and you don’t waste time doing it.

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Vintage Soda Bottle Set

Looking for a way to get that extra touch of urban retro “radness” you might be missing from that particular spot in your house, apartment or hipster cardboard box you proudly live in on a bi-weekly basis (I don’t get that last jab either)? Regardless of the location you might use these in, you’ll get a set of 5, with each measuring approximately 2.5″ in diameter and 9.75″ high. The classic soda bottle shape and imprinted graphics are in tact, and can be used to add to your collection of vintage knick-knacks, as a vase or simple decoration throughout the house. If anyone could sell used bottles, it’s Urban Outfitters. ($19.00 @ Urban Outfitters)