Through searching for the McNiven and Cameron ads in the posting below, I found a site called The Advert Museum. Independently of that, and being an interest of mine I found some harmonica adverts. I think this might be my favourite:
I couldn’t help but notice that the harp here is one of the Hohner Aerosmith series. One of these was a promotional item for the album entitled “Honking on Bobo” (I kid you not!)
And then there was….
Whilst on the subject of anecdotes, Campbell (sonsdiary – see Silly old Bloggers) responded to my posting about things you no longer see. He recounts that the shipyards were a place you could buy anything.
In the 80’s in my DJ’ing days, I worked in some nice places in Glasgow and did some voice-overs for adverts on Radio Clyde and the like. The less glamorous side of the job was doing work in some pubs in Drumchapel (a suburb of Glasgow not best known for its genteel culture). Some of these could even be described as the less salubrious pubs in Drumchapel. You get the picture.
One particular establishment was like a supermarket. No sooner would you get the gear set up and the music playing than someone would be offering you CD’s for £1 each, Menswear- top labels from £2, cigarettes, bacon, coffee, etc.
One night I was unloading the van whilst Mrs Bigrab kept watch on the equipment (speakers were sometimes stolen and held for £10 ransom – I kid you not). A wee boy, aged no more than five with an angelic face was tootling about the area and looked up at Sue in the van. “Hello what’s your name?” she said. “Tommy” said the wee boy. “It’s quite late for you to be out – does your mummy know where you are?” “Aye” says the wee fella “Wan’t tae buy some dark broon mascara?” “Eh no thanks” “Whit aboot make up? Ah’ve got loads!” boasted this wee smout.
He’s probably got his own shop now. At least he’ll be aware of the security issues.