Posts from the ‘Advertising’ Category

It’s Un-Australian

Just realised that Clubs Australian removed their pro-pokies ads from last year off Youtube. If you remember these were really lame ads that were deemed so bad that they didn’t even make it to out TV screens. Clubs NSW has now got their own Youtube Channel with only one of the two ads featured. (The one that stereotyped pokies players as bogans is not on the channel)


A classic Australian ad from the 80s featuring the voice of the incomparable Maurie Fields.

Life Be In It


An early 80s ad featuring a young Jane Kennedy of D-Generation fame.

I Like To Buy The World A Coke

From 1971, one of the most well known commercials ever made, featuring the New Seekers.

Nigger Boy Licorice

Almost three years ago I posted some packaging used for Nigger Boy Licorice. Back then I did not know much about this brand, only that they had their factory in Hawthorn Road Caulfield. Today I found out a little more, courtesy of the Museum Victoria website.

Nigger Boy Licorice was produced through the 1950s and 60s by the National Licorice Pty Ltd, a company in the USA with a branch in Caulfield, Victoria. The National Licorice company was formed in 1902 through the merger of Young and Smylie, S.V. & F.P. Schudder and H.W. Petherbridge companies in the USA. It was renamed Y&S Candies, Inc. in 1968 and since 1977 has become part of Hershey’s Foods. This advertisement represents one of many brands which used the word ‘Nigger’ to sell and promote products during the 1950s and 1960s. It demonstrates how African American stereotypes and slurs have been imported and reused in Australia.

The original posts can be found here, here and here.

Coca Cola

Here’s an ad for Coca Cola from 1960.

By the looks of it, it seems that the ad agency hadn’t realised that the 1940s had been over for a decade.

Happy Easter

The Milky Bar Kid

Here’s the Milky Bar Kid in a commercial from the late 1960s.

Worst Ad Ever Created

Yesterday I linked to the gaming industry’s “It’s un-Australian” ad that had been doing the rounds on Youtube. Little did I know that this was just a little part of the full commercial, which pretty much is the worst ad is ever made by an Australian company.