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12 Toys From the 1980s That Didn't Take Off

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Many people of a certain age look back at the 1980s as the golden age of toys. But some action figures just didn't resonate—at least back then. Here are 12 rejected toys of the 80s that, in some cases, are now sought after by collectors.
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11 Photos of 1980s Malls That Will, Like, Totally Blow Your Mind

11 Photos of 1980s Malls That Will, Like, Totally Blow Your Mind | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Of the thousands of images that photographer Michael Galinsky took in malls during the summer of 1989, this one really seems to strike a nerve, but not necessarily because of the big bangs and acid-washed leggings, he says.
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80s -let those styles never come back

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15 Hilarious Technology Ads From the 1980s

15 Hilarious Technology Ads From the 1980s | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
In these vintage tech ads, the computers and gadgets are way larger and clunkier, the text's a straight-up cheese-fest, and the graphics are so totally '80s.
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Old Mr. Microphone commercial 1980s

Hey, I'm on the radio!!!! Old commercial from the early 1980's
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it puts your voice on the radio..profesional entertainers use it--ha ha

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The History of "Because You're Worth It" L'Oreal

Forty years ago, L'Oréal Paris revolutionized the advertising world with the phrase, "Because I'm Worth It", spreading the message of respect and recognition  for women

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Flowbee commercial-still cutting your hair with the vacuum cleaner -since 1988

..and Gary has that "trendy haircut"

 

Flowbee going strong since 1988. The Flowbee is an electrically powered vacuum cleaner attachment made for cutting hair. It was invented in 1988 by Rick Hunt, a San Diego carpenter.

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History of Advertising 1980s on

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! The ’80s Brick Phone, Now With Bluetooth

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! The ’80s Brick Phone, Now With Bluetooth | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

It seems we can’t get enough of the '80s. Neon, remakes of classic movies, skinny jeans, leg-warmers … okay, can we please skip the leg-warmers

 

(everything old is new again with a little help)

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CBC Archives: New Coke Is It! 1985

1985 - The beloved 'old' Coke gets a much-hyped flavour overhaul that's supposed to even the playing field with Pepsi. This CBC-TV clip from "Midday" shows that Coke may have miscalculated.

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7 Tech Time Warps That Will Blow Your Mullet Off [VIDEOS]

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These YouTube videos look at today's most used apps and technology as if they had been created in the '80s and '90s.
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HEAVENLY BODIES Boys Brigade 1980s- Into The Flow Canada's answer to Flash Dance

music and singing by my amigo Tony

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Miami Vice: Opening Theme

Miami Vice intro.

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Sony Walkman Commercial (1980s)

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Lego's 1981 Girl-Power Ad Comes With an Inspiring Backstory

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The story behind this iconic Lego ad from 1981 is as inspiring as the ad itself.

"..The "What is Beautiful" ad was created Judy Lotas, who was the creative director at SSC&B, a now-defunct ad agency...Yet Lotas, .., wanted to make a statement. She had two young daughters at the time, and gender equality was a big topic. "This was the time of the ERA," Lotas said, referring to the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would guarantee equal rights for women. .."

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Watch the Surf Punks Explain the Latest Slang in this '80s News Report

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Slang has to start somewhere. According to this late '80s video report, the kids were picking it up from California.
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Eric Clapton - Beer Commercial 1987 Celebrity Endorsements

Eric Clapton in a beer commercial from 1988 with the song After Midnight.
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In 1987 Anheuser-Busch in their "Night Belongs to Michelob" campaign recruited Eric Clapton for their commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3pW2REprYE The problem was that as the commercial was released Clapton admitted to drug and alcohol addiction and admitted himself into a detox clinic.

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Classic Christmas Commercials 80s-90s

. All of these are from the late 80's-mid 90's 

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cheesy stuff really

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Apple IIc ad - nightmare 1984

Apple IIc ad - nightmare. Hope you remembered your homework!

The Apple IIc, the fourth model in the Apple II series of personal computers, was Apple Computer’s first endeavor to produce a portable computer.- a 7.5 lb (3.4 kg) notebook-sized version of the Apple II that could be transported from place to place. The c in the name stood for compact

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Krazy Glue tv Commercial 1980

When Krazy Glue was a magical fix all invention, like Magic Markers... Remember those? The world has gone Krazy! Krazy Krazy Glue! Brought to you by Saturday...
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Ken Morrison's comment, August 22, 2012 10:01 PM
Thanks for sharing. It brings back memories. My babysitter at the time was so scared that i was going to get a crazy idea and try this. Come to think about it, this commercial started me silly hobby of trying to talk very fast. I think the micromachines guy came a few years later. Nice trip down memory lane.
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Computer Virus News Report, 1988

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httpv://youtu.be/G2i_6j55bS0 ...Source: Sashazur...
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MediaPost Publications Barry Becher, Half Of The Ginsu Knife Team, Dead At 71 06/29/2012

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Barry Becher, Half Of The Ginsu Knife Team, Dead At 71 - 06/29/2012...

 

Rejected by Madison Ave..infomercial king

 

"If the name Barry Becher doesn’t immediately slice and dice its way into the forefront of your consciousness, perhaps the inscription that his stepdaughter says the family is considering for his gravestone will help: “But wait, there’s more...

 

Ginsu Knife

Miracle Painter,

the Miracle Slicer,

Lusterware Silverware,

Royal DuraSteel mixing bowls and Armourcote Cookware.”

 

“When the infomercial is about to end, and the price has been established, comes the closer. ‘But wait, buy it today and we’ll cut the price in half! But, there’s more. We’ll double the offer, just pay separate shipping and handling!’”James Turnage recalls in The Guardian Express."

 

“But wait, there’s more...

 

 

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Popular Boy Bands Over the Years 80s-90s- 2000s

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Flashdance - Maniac 1980s

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Michael Ignatieff Three Minute Culture 1989 on zapping, capitalism, time, memory

Arts pundit Michael Ignatieff presents a show on BBC2 about the three minute culture. Ironically I only have three minutes of it on tape. It must have made me lose my attention span and switch over."

 

(Yes that's the same Michael Ignatieff who ran for PM and lost in Canada's federal election.

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Early 1980s Video Arcade Games

A humorous glimpse at the video game boom in the early 1980s, when Pac Man and arcades were popular. This clip is an excerpt from a demo for the television show "Wired In." You can watch the full video here:

http://mediaburn.org/Video-Preview.128.0.html?&uid=53

 

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