1977 Goblin Teasmade

teasmade is a machine for making tea automatically. It was once common in the United Kingdom and some of its former colonies. Teasmades generally include an analogue alarm clock and are designed to be used at the bedside, to ensure tea is ready first thing in the morning. Although crude versions existed in Victorian times, they only became practical with the availability of electric versions in the 1930s. They reached their peak in popularity in the 1960s and 1970s but have since declined to the extent that, in the few places they are sold new, they are a retro novelty item.

The name teasmade is an example of a genericized trademark, introduced by Goblin but now commonly used to refer to any automatic teamaking appliance. It is now a registered trademark belonging to Swan.

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1977 Bisto

The very first Bisto product, in 1908, was a meat-flavoured gravy powder, which rapidly became a bestseller in the UK. It was added to gravies to give a richer taste and aroma. Invented by Messrs Roberts & Patterson, it was named “Bisto” because it “Browns, Seasons and Thickens in One”. Naming of the Bisto twins? In Birmingham in the 1930s a competition was held to put a name to the two Bisto twin characters,a boy and a girl sniffing the beautiful aroma of Bisto’s gravy. The competition was won by Mr and Mrs Simmonds,who named the twins after themselves…they called them Bill and Maree. They were awarded a beautiful china doll. Bisto Granules were introduced in 1979. The granules dissolve in hot water to form a gravy substitute. This product capitalised on the growing preference among British consumers for foods (or food substitutes) that can be quickly and conveniently prepared. As of 2005, Bisto Gravy Granules dominate the British market, with a share in excess of 70%.  Every UK grocery outlet is likely to have a Bisto product on its shelf.

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1988 StIvel Lunch Box

St Ivel is a brand of dairy products in the United Kingdom. It began as a subsidiary under the ownership of the Unigate dairy company with most production sites in the south west of England and some in Wales. Most of its brands were bought in the early 2000s by Dairy Crest following a severe decline in doorstep deliveries of milk – previously a major area of business for owners Unigate.

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1988 Fairy Liquid

Fairy is a brand of washing-up liquid produced by Procter & Gamble at their West Thurrock factory (The London Plant), England. Fairy liquid is traditionally green, prompting the well-known advertising jingle “Now hands that do dishes can feel soft as your face, with mild green Fairy Liquid”.

As of 2008, Fairy is sold in most parts of Europe, although regional names vary. Fairy liquid is available in a variety of colour and scent combinations. The iconic white bottle with red cap was replaced with PET bottles.

In the UK, Fairy Liquid has become a genericized trademark for washing up liquid.

Outside the UK, the products are a part of the Dreft brand.

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1988 Argos

Argos is a catalogue merchant based in the United Kingdom and Ireland. With about 740 stores, it is the largest general-goods retailer in the UK.   Together with sister company Homebase, it today forms part of the Home Retail Group.

Argos owns numerous brands including Elizabeth Duke (jewellery and watches), AlbaBush, Chad Valley,  and many others.

Argos was once a FTSE 100 Index constituent in its own right but is today represented by its parent company Home Retail Group in the FTSE 250 Index.

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