Skip to comments.10 Brand Names Gone, But Not Forgotten
Posted on 08/19/2011 8:16:03 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
Old brands never die they just fade away until someone figures a way to capitalize on the nostalgia for them.
From candy to retailers, even the biggest names can fall out of favor. Some disappear forever while others just become harder to find.
Eventually if enough folks start playing "remember when?" someone will take notice and try to cash in.
Remember Narragansett Beer? Rhode Island-based Narragansett Brewing opened for business in 1890. In 1981, the original Cranston brewery was closed and due to poor management by Falstaff (which had bought the brand in 1965) andproduction came to a near stand-still. In 2005, Mark Hellendrung, former president of Nantucket Nectars, along with a group of investors, bought the brand back from Falstaff
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Case IH is slowly becoming Case New Holland. all parts come in a yellow and grey package with CNH printed on them. And they are owned by parent company Fiat. I am all John Deere now.
And the great Packard Clipper car!
Bonomo's Turkish Taffy (your Dentist's best friend)
How about old political parties that once contributed to the country’s greatness but now have fallen into decrepitude? The Federalists. The Whigs. The Bull Moose. The Wobblies. The Democrats...
American Motor Company. If it stuck around for 20 years longer, it would be the most popular car company right now.
My family drank Rheingold:
A lot of brand names get bought by some company just to use the name for very inexpensive goods.
I still see Bell & Howell cameras but they are no where near the quality of the old products. Same for Argus.
I noticed Schrade knives went out of business a few years ago but I still see them for sale. Not sure if it is old stock or someone has bought the name.
Some others such as Vivitar are still selling decent products but not as good as they once were.
I’ll bet you never had a delightful Hulls Export. The joke was that the government made them export it
The ones with the engine in the correct place, and no use for water except in the windshield washer bottle.
"F--- that S---. PABST BLUE RIBBON!"
Yes, Fanta is still around. I think it’s owned by Coke. It is available in the US but particularly huge in Latin America.
As a young married couple, we owned two Beetles.
They were fun, quirky, easy to maintain, and economical.
Best of all, they were CHEAP!!!
Remember the generic beer in the early 80s with just a white can and a black lettered "BEER" on it. Those were manufactured by Falstaff and tasted like you had bought a case of Falstaff and left it in the trunk of your car for a week. Talk about wretched!
Two long-forgotten things - a Kodak photo booth and a Fiat 850.
I remember the Marathon candy bar when I was growing up in the 1970s. It was so long that the backside of the label had a ruler so you could do your math homework with it. I haven’t seen one of those in about 30 years. It was really chewy too - mostly caramel with a chocolate coating.
Currently made and drank but the vilest swill this sailor ever tasted.
You could embalm a corpse with that stuff.
Long Live SATURN! :-)
And these aren't all mom and pop shops, they include (at one time) the world's largest insurer, the largest textile manfacturer, and a few other large names.
If that ain't an example of working to live, rather than living to work, I don't know what is.
...and we also had Ortlieb's and Reading...
They're not. I just saw them at the dollar store last week. Peppermint, I think. Package was yellow, anyway.
Maybe the packets of the little fruity ones are gone, it's been forever since I've seen those.
Remember Microsoft? And that nasty bunch Organizing for America? Who can forget ACORN!
I dunno about that. Might go to Nasty-Gansett....another beer mentioned in the article. Geez, who would be nostalgic for that swill?
I even remember almost all of the Reingold’s commercial. “My beer is Reingold, the dry beer. Think of Reingold whenever you buy beer. It’s not bitter, not sweet, extra dry flavor treat, la, la, la, la, la, la, la la, la.” I was humming it at work one day, and my boss said, “Ah, La Paloma”. Having no idea La Paloma was some operatic thingie, I just sang him the commercial...he was not impressed.
- potato chips -
one poster said there, you always just said ‘a bag of Dentlers’
Wonder if it was manufactured by different brewers in different parts of the country?
'Twas a little before my drinking age, but I can remember Dad drinking it. I think it he said it was made by Piels, at any rate, it came in those squat little bottles.
Zenith, Philco, Hallicrafters, and Heathkit
The average lifespan of a corporation is less than that of a human.
Ask yourself how many of today's corporate giants were around 75 years ago and how many of companies that were a big deal 75 years ago are still big today?
Back in the early 80’s a brother of mine was taking gym class in high school and at the beginning of the class they would go to the locker room and change into their gym clothes, leaving their other clothes in the locker room. There were no lockers in the “locker room” to store your clothes so you placed them in your own pile when changing.
The gym teacher pulled the boys in first day of class and said I hate a thief, if anything gets stolen in here I will let the others in the class deal with the thief and I will see nothing, understand. A week or two passes and nothing happens then things start disappearing out of the clothes in the locker room, money, gum, candy etc... No one could catch the thief in the act. They eventually hit my brothers clothes and stole his new pack of bubble gum.
He decides to retaliate on the unknown culprit by buying a pack of Chicklets and a pack of laxative Feenamint gum and putting the Feenamint in the Chicklet package and leaving it in his clothes. Sure enough it was taken and the next day the class noticed one of the other classmates out. He comes back and he had diarrhea. So a couple of others watch this clod and sure enough Feenamint boy strikes again but is seen. The class counseled him in the error of his ways and there were no more thefts.
I LOVED the Lafayette in Hamden, CT. It was the only place besides teh COlumbia Record Club that you could buy pre-recorded open reel tapes. Their catalogue kept me entertained as a kid for hours. I really wanted the $230 under-dash Norelco cassette tape recorder with included hand-held mic. It was 100x everything Radio Shack pretended to be.
They got a few coins from the old Cajun.
I looked it up then remembered. I liked the barbeque best.
They morphed into Lay’s. Even had the same bag forever.
Remember Valient’s subs??
Fun car to drive. We kept ours until it cost more to keep it running than to buy a new car. :-)
These ads from the 1950s are scanned from the Inquirer archives.
These ads from the 1960s are scanned from the Inquirer archives.
HEATHKIT IS BACK In The Kit Business!In late August, Heathkit will debut their new line of Do-it-Yourself kits for common around-the-house items. The first kit will be a Garage Parking Assistant (GPA). The Garage Parking assistant kit lets you build your own system that uses ultrasonic sound waves to locate your car as it enters the garage. The system signals to the driver using LED lights mounted on the wall when the car is detected and in the perfect spot for parking.
The GPA-100 kit consists of two primary assemblies - The LED Display in kit form and the pre-assembled ultrasonic range module. the kit will include everything you need to complete the project except a soldering iron and hand tools.
Next on the market will be a Wireless Swimming Pool Monitor kit followed by many more. Heathkit wants to continue to bring to its customers interesting, unique Heathkit products. Heathkit is interested in learning what types of products kit builders would like to build. Kit builders can submit their suggestions through this website using the Contact Us email.
Cool bikes. If my mid-life crisis is deep enough, I may have to convince Mrs. CommerceComet that I need one of these to go with the Can-Am Spyder that I so covet.
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