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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1978 Shield Soap

shield soapShield Soap was  originally launched in 1976 by Unilever with a heavy weight TV advertising campaign, enabling the brand to establish a 30% market share within its first year.

In the 1990’s, Unilever rationalised their brands as part of their ‘path to growth’ strategy. Lucky for us, Shield Soap did not form part of their core UK portfolio.

Ceuta Healthcare purchased Shield Soap from Unilever in March 2004. In 2004, we sold approximately 5.7 million bars of Shield Soap. This figure has grown year on year and in 2009 this figure had grown to approximately 14 million bars of Shield Soap being sold in the UK.

1977 British Relay

Advert from 1977 for the British TV rental company ‘British Relay’.

This advert on the right is originally from the Glasgow Herald (November 1969) promotes British Relay (prominant in many Ayrshire towns) as a source of rented TV. The first regular colour broadcasts in Europe began on BBC2 1st July 1967 followed by BBC1 and ITV in 1969.  As well as renting televisions, British Relay provided a cable service of TV and radio signals.

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1978 Aurora Racing Sets

1978 commercial from the UK and Ireland for Aurora Racing Sets

Aurora Plastics Corporation was founded in March, 1950 by engineer Joseph E. Giammarino (1916–1992) and businessman Abe Shikes (1908–1997) in Brooklyn, New York (moving to West Hempstead, Long Island in 1954), as a contract manufacturer of injection molded plastics.

With the hiring in 1952 of salesman John Cuomo (1901–1971), the company began the manufacture of its own line of plastic model kits. These kits were marketed to young hobbyists, as were the kits of rivals Monogram and Revell. Aurora profitably targeted to a younger demographic than their competitors, creating smaller-sized, less detailed models at a lower price point.

Although their first offerings were aircraft kits in a “Famous Fighters” line,[2] it is with their figure kits that Aurora is most associated and had their biggest success. Following a series of “knights in armor” and historical figures, Aurora acquired a license from Universal Studios to create a line of kits based on Universal monsters, which became the company’s most popular offerings. Aurora’s kit of Frankenstein appeared in 1961, and was followed by twelve other monster figures that were issued and reissued in various versions through the early 1970s. Together with their other licensed models based on characters from movies, TV shows and comic books, Aurora’s figure kits continue to be highly valued by collectors.[3] Aurora used artist James Bama for some of their box art.

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1975 TV Times

1975 commercial for the UK’s  TV Times .

TVTimes is a television listings magazine published in the United Kingdom by IPC Media, a subsidiary of Time Warner. It is known for its access to television actors and their programmes. In 2006 it was refreshed for a more modern look, increasing its emphasis on big star interviews and soaps. TVTimes is positioned in the premium sector as a quality TV weekly magazine for all generations.

TVTimes belongs to IPC Media’s family of television magazines, which form the sub-group TX. This includes What’s on TV, TV Easy and TV & Satellite Week, as well as the soap bi-weekly Soaplife.

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