1976 Ready Brek Central Heating for Kids

Ready Brek was originally produced by J. Lyons and Co., created from experimentation by Walter Pitts, the Greenford factory manager from the Tea Division of Lyons.

It was launched in 1957 as an instant porridge, then in 1969 as an instant hot cereal. The brand was purchased by Weetabix in June 1990. Since its beginning, it has been consumed mostly by children, or students, and understandably more popular in autumn and winter. Ready Brek had the slogan Central heating for kids and Get up and Glow, and TV adverts during the 1970s and 1980s showed children walking to school with a dramatic radiant glow. In a survey entitled ‘Cereal offenders’ by Which?, Ready Brek was found to have the lowest added salt and sugar of all breakfast cereals tested.

There is a more-oaty variety called Seriously Oaty, which is more of a flavoured oats mixture, where porridge oats in small sachets have had sugar and powdered flavouring added. There is less packaging in the normal box of Ready brek. Most supermarket chains have their own range ofinstant oatmeal cereal.

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1986 Ovaltine Instant

Ovaltine is a brand of milk flavoring product made with malt extract (except the blue packaging in the US), sugar (except in Switzerland), and whey. Some flavors also have cocoa. Ovaltine, a registered trademark of Associated British Foods, is made by Wander AG, a subsidiary of Twinings which acquired the brand fromNovartis in 2003, except in the United States, where Nestlé acquired the rights separately from Novartis later on.

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1978 Polaroid 1000

1978 Polaroid 1000 commercial.

Alongside the ‘prosumer’ range of folding SLRs, Polaroid released a large number of plastic bodied, non-folding consumer cameras that used the SX-70 integral film. There were several lines that varied in the type and amount of features they offered, but fall into three distinct categories differentiated by the method of focusing:

  • Fixed focus – Generally known (in the US) as OneStep models
  • Zone-focused – Generally known (in the US) as Pronto! models; e.g. Pronto RF
  • Sonar Autofocus – Labelled as both Pronto! and OneStep models, but usually with an AF or Sonar moniker.


1978 Polaroid 1000

1978 advert for the Polaroid 1000 .

The Polaroid Land Camera 1000 is a consumer camera line using SX-70 integral film. There were several models:

  • Fixed focus – known (in the U.S.) as OneStep
  • Zone-focused – known (in the U.S.) as Pronto! ; e.g. Pronto RF
  • Sonar Autofocus – Labeled as both Pronto! and OneStep models, usually with an AF or Sonar designation

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Maxwell House Coffee

1986 commercial for Maxwell House Coffee.

Maxwell House is a brand of coffee manufactured by a like-named division of Kraft Foods. It is named in honor of the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennesee. For many years until the late 1980s it was the largest-selling coffee in the U.S. and is currently (ca. 2007) second behind Folgers, which is manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Co. The company recently unveiled its new slogan, “It’s A New Morning. Brew Some Good.” Part of the new slogan is also the URL of their new website, http://www.brewsomegood.com