1970s Imperial Leather – Tahiti Looks Nice

leatherThe brand goes all the way back to 1768 when a Russian nobleman called Count Orlof commissioned a brand of perfume from Bayleys of Bond Street in London. The perfume was called ‘Eau de Cologne Imperiale Russe’. Russia leather was a high-quality leather exported widely from Russia and recognisable by a distinctive aroma from its birch oil tanning process. In 1921 Bayleys was acquired by Cussons Sons & Co, chaired by Alexander Tom Cussons. It was not until some years later in 1938 that Alex Cussons used the original perfume and created Cussons Imperial Leather soap and other toiletries.  The soap was initially called ‘Imperiale Russian Leather’, but was soon renamed to Imperial Leather. In 1975 the Cussons Group was itself acquired by Paterson Zochonis, recently renamed to PZ Cussons.

1995 Thompson Holidays

The company (originally named Thomson Tour Operations (TTO), and renamed in 1997) was founded as part of the Thomson Travel Group in 1965 following the acquisition of four tour operators, Skytours, Riviera, Gaytours and Luxitours and the airline Britannia Airways by Roy Thomson.

Intense competition continued between the four acquired operators which allowed the rival Clarksons Travel Group to become the lead player in the new and rapidly expanding UK package holiday market, while Thomson initially lacked any effective strategy to fight back. But in 1971, following the appointment of Brian Llewellyn as TTO’s 7th Managing Director, a whole new Board of Directors was created, with the travel trade veteran Norman Corkhill as company chairman. A clear strategy was now implemented, as part of which the businesses were re-branded and re-launched under a single name as “Thomson Holidays”.

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1995 Renault Laguna

Renault__Laguna_GreenThe Renault Laguna is a large family car produced by the French manufacturer Renault. The first Laguna was launched in 1993, the second generation was launched in 2000, and the third generation was made available for sale in October 2007.

The regular production Renault passenger models are unrelated to the concept car of the same name, the Laguna, a two-seat roadster shown by the automaker during the European 1990 auto show circuit.   The name was also previously used from 1973 to 1976 by Chevrolet for a top-of-the-line Chevelle model, the Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna.

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1995 Allied Dunbar – Lets Face the Music and Dance

allied_dunbar_logoThe Company was founded by Sir Mark Weinberg, Lord Joffe and Sir Sydney Lipworth after Abbey Life was taken over, when they obtained seed finance fromHambros Bank, and set up its headquarters in Swindon town centre in 1970 under the name ‘Hambro Life Assurance’.   It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1975.  The company expanded its financial adviser operations during the late 70’s and early 80’s, acquiring the Allied Unit Trusts of which it was soon the major unitholder, to become ‘Allied Hambro’ in 1984; after Hambros disposed of their highly profitable investment, changing to ‘Allied Dunbar’ in 1985 after it purchased Dunbar & Co., a small private bank; following the acquisition by BAT Industries,  the asset management department was hived off to form Threadneedle, and it was bought out by Zurich Financial Services in 1998.

Its forceful direct sales force became the Zurich Advice Network (ZAN) in 2001.  In 2005 and following changes in industry regulation ZAN evolved into a stand-alone limited entity known as Openwork – a directly authorised multi-tiered financial distribution network.

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1980 Philips TVs

Philips-logo-D47F83A959-seeklogo.comKoninklijke Philips N.V. (Royal Philips, commonly known as Philips) is a Dutch multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate headquartered in Amsterdam. It was founded in Eindhoven in 1891 by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik. It is one of the largest electronics companies in the world and employs around 122,000 people across more than 60 countries.

Philips is organized into three main divisions: Philips Consumer Lifestyle (formerly Philips Consumer Electronics and Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care), Philips Healthcare (formerly Philips Medical Systems) and Philips Lighting. As of 2012 Philips was the largest manufacturer of lighting in the world measured by applicable revenues.  In 2013, the company sold the bulk of its remaining consumer electronics operations to Funai Electric Co.

Philips has a primary listing on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange and is a constituent of the AEX index. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

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1980 Ford Fiesta

ford feistaThe Ford Fiesta is a supermini car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1976 to present. It has been built in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, China, India, Taiwan, Thailand and South Africa.

In 2010, the sixth generation Fiesta (Mark VI)  had been introduced worldwide, including in the United States and Canada, making it the first Fiesta model to be sold in North America since the Fiesta Mark I was discontinued at the end of 1980.

The Fiesta has sold over 16 million units since 1976,  making it the third biggest selling Ford nameplate of all time behind the Escort and the F-series.

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1980 Elastoplast

elastoplastElastoplast is a brand of adhesive bandages (also called sticking plasters) and medical dressings made by Beiersdorf.  Beiersdorf bought UK and Commonwealth rights from the parent company, Smith & Nephew in 1992 for £46.5 million. It has become a genericized trademark for “sticking plaster” in some Commonwealth countries including the United Kingdom and Australia.

In some countries in Europe Hansaplast, a brand name started by Beiersdorf in 1922, is used instead.  A third trademark, named Curitas, is used in parts of Latin America.

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