Nov 7, 2016

Retro consumer products

You don't hear these product names mentioned too often anymore. However, for a fella my age.. they're definitely burned into my memory banks.

Old school pomade that hit the market in 1928.  The tag line for this product was "A Little Dab'll Do Ya!".  The product is still available in stores to this day, although few young folks know what it is or does.  I'm wondering if the right kind of retro marketing campaign could breathe life into the product once again?


A powdered roasted grain beverage that was made from from wheat bran, wheat, molasses, and malodextrin from corn.  Touted as a caffeine free alternative to coffee, I remember it tasting like a cross between coffee and tea.  Never was a big fan.  It was discontinued fairly recently in 2007.

This stuff used to come in a little green glass bottle, and was my old man's answer to a wonder drug.  You could use it for acne, cold sores, fever blisters, scrapes, nicks, chaffed skin, insect bites, and more.  Campho Phenique is also still sold to this day.

A car wax created in 1910.  My old man always had a can of Simoniz carnauba paste lying around the garage somewhere, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he still had a vintage can tucked away somewhere.

A malted milk flavoring product kind of like Nesquik.  Mom was happy giving it to us because it was healthier than chocolate milk. Us kids weren't too terribly picky, and it was close enough to the real thing for us.

A colorful and fun circus themed sugary breakfast cereal with marshmallows, born in the 70s.  The recipe was changed by General Mills from an oat based cereal to corn base.  It totally changed the taste, and is the reason I no longer buy it.

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