1988 Mr Sheen

mr-sheen-origMr. Sheen is a brand of cleaning materials (chiefly floor and furniture polish) created in Australia in the 1950s by Samuel Taylor Pty Ltd. It was the first aerosol cleaning product available on the Australian market and helped introduce the use of aerosol products into Australia. The product moved to a British company Reckitt & Colman in 1969 when Samuel Taylor Pty Ltd was bought out. It is available in many other countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Jamaica.

The Australian Television advertisements use the character of Mr. Sheen, a smiling, rosy-cheeked, bald man with spectacles in a dark suit. The British version is a cartoon caricature of aWWI biplane pilot (originally voiced by Willie Rushton) who flies around the house on a dusting cloth cleaning tables, banisters and television sets, using the slogan “Mr Sheen shines umpteen things clean”. Another slogan (sung as a jingle) was “Clean wax and polish as you dust with Mr. Sheen”. This jingle was patterned on the famous vaudeville song/sketch Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean; while it is likely the name Mr Sheen was also inspired by this song, and the fortuitous connection between sheen and cleanliness, it is unknown at this point whether there is a causal connection or not.

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1978 Knorr Soups

Knorr  is a German food and beverage brand owned by the Anglo-Dutch company Unilever since 2000, when Unilever acquired Best Foods. It produces dehydrated soup mixes and condiments. The only country where Unilever did not have rights to the Knorr name is Japan, where trademark of the product there is controlled by Ajinomoto. It is sold under the name Royco in Indonesia, and under the name Continental in Australia.

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1979 Gypsy Bra by Berlei

The brand originated in Australia in 1917. Berlei undergarments are now sold in Australia by Pacific Brands and in the United Kingdom by Courtaulds Textiles.

The name came from that of the firm’s founder, Frederick R. Burley, who felt that his name as normally spelled was not appropriate to his products.

Berlei Limited was one of the first Australian companies to expand outside Australia. Berlei (New Zealand) Limited was incorporated in 1923 and Berlei (U.K.) Limited was organised in 1930.

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1980s Cadburys Flake (women in boat)

Flake is a brand of chocolate bar currently manufactured by Cadbury and consists of thinly folded Dairy Milk, milk chocolate.

The product was first developed in 1920 and was founded by an employee of Cadburys. When the excess from the moulds was drained off, it fell off in a stream and created folded chocolate with flaking properties.

Since 1922 in Britain, Australia and Ireland ice cream vendors serve “99 Flakes” which are vanilla soft serve ice cream in a wafer cone in which a half size Flake bar is inserted in the top. Screwballs are similar but have a plastic cone rather than a wafer.

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1976 Smiths Chipsticks

Smith’s Potato Crisps Ltd. was formed by Francis Leigh Smith in the UK after World War 1. The firm started in Cricklewood, London, reputedly in Smith’s garage. In 1927 the company expanded into a factory in Brentford, London. This was enlarged in 1930. During the depression Smith travelled to Australia to expand the business. Smiths was later owned by Nabisco, BSN and finally sold to PepsiCo in the 1990s. Subsequently Pepsico withdrew the brand, in favour of Walkers, which had been heavily marketed in a campaign using footballer Gary Lineker. Smiths is now largely controlled by Walkers Crisps in the UK. Many of the products previously owned by Smiths are now labelled as Walkers, although there are still several Smiths branded crisps.

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