Vintage Advertising Slogans: A Pop Quiz

This 1969 TV ad opened with the line “mama mia, thatsa spicy meatball.”



  1. Chippendales
  2. Chef Boyardee
  3. IKEA
  4. Alka Seltzer


This advertiser promised “we put you in the driver’s seat.”

  1. Harvard Universcity
  2. Hertz
  3. Zamboni World
  4. Chevrolet


This advertiser claimed that “his prices are insane.” That is, until he went bankrupt.

  1. Crazy Eddie
  2. Sam Goody
  3. Robert Hall
  4. F.W. Woolworth


Late night radio in New York was dominated for a short period of time by this advertiser who popularized the tagline “Money talks, nobody walks.”



  1. Dennison Clothes
  2. Fannie Mae
  3. Newark City Hall
  4. The law firm of Goldman, Silverman and Cashman


You apparently didn’t need to get a lot of this stuff because the ads said “a little dab’ll do ya.”

  1. Brylcreem
  2. Super Glue
  3. Viagra
  4. Tobasco


This is the advertiser that brought us the exclamation “where’s the beef!”

cow's head


  1. Chippendale’s
  2. Dinty Moore
  3. Wendy’s
  4. Chick fil A


This advertiser acknowledged that it was not #1 but interpreted that as a good thing because “we try harder.” (Hint: They had the foresight to not hire OJ as spokesperson.)

  1. City of Chicago
  2. Banquet Frozen TV Dinners
  3. Avis
  4. Ford


And finally, who said their stuff was “good to the last drop.”

  1. Pepsi
  2. WD-40
  3. Maxwell House
  4. Southern Comfort


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26 Responses to Vintage Advertising Slogans: A Pop Quiz

  1. GP Cox says:

    Whoa! I am getting old!! I could picture every commercial as I read the question. Funny how things like that stay with you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Nostalgic, creative, and very funny 🙂


  3. Ken, you’re on a roll with the humor this week! Loved this even though I only guessed a few. Me and my growing-more-faulty memory! Fun. Shared on FB.


  4. Erica says:

    I love pop quizzes! It is amazing how good slogans can stand the test of time. I found it interesting that the questions I had the easiest time with were ones that played before I was born.
    Thanks for the fun!

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  5. Donna Janke says:

    That was a fun step back in time. There were a couple of slogans I’d never heard. Of the rest, I only guessed right a little more than half, even though I remember the slogan, I don’t always remember the brand. What does that say about the effectiveness of advertising?


  6. Way too much TV for me as a child. Thanks for the laugh.


  7. Sabrina says:

    This is great! I got more answers right than I thought. Thanks for putting this quiz together.


  8. Phoenicia says:

    Ken – very different to your usual blog. Good to change things up a bit.

    I only recognise some of these advertisements. The first advert made me laugh!


  9. Was for obvious reasons not watching American television in 1969. Here are some old jokes about companies from Europe, “Take a chance – take Air France”. SABENA – such a bloody experience never again.


  10. jacquiegum says:

    Okay, now this was a party! I LOVED it! The only ones I didn’t guess I assume were not national? Like Crazy Eddy’s? But the Brylcream one really cracked me up. I remember my dad actually humming that jingle, as he combed Bryl cream through his hair! Hahahahaha!


  11. Beth Niebuhr says:

    I got 6 right. Shows my age. But Chipendale’s for Where’s the beef is definitely the funniest option. Fun post, Ken. Humor is welcome.


  12. I remember these so much. It is funny, I remember some of these commercials more than I do with the tv shows being broadcasted at the time.


  13. Brilliant! I totally loved the “where’s the Beef” campaign. That little old lady was hilarious sliding around the back of a cab:-0


  14. These bring back memories. Some slogans are really catchy. I can still hear even the music to some of them. LOVE this!!


  15. lenie5860 says:

    This was fun – I remembered them all – even Crazy Eddie – except ‘where’s the beef’. Just goes to show how much TV we watched in those days if we remember the commercials 50 years later.


  16. My perfect score made me realize, “I need a LIFE”!

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  17. Edward Reid says:

    I only missed two. I’m either: 1) too old, 2)have a good memory, or 3)need a life. Thanks for the memories.


  18. Andy says:

    Re the Brylcreem question: Tabasco sauce is a Louisiana product, and when I lived in the Big Easy I put plenty of Tabasco sauce on my red beans and rice every Monday, so I knew that couldn’t be it.

    The Alka-Seltzer ad I remember is the “I Can’t Believe I Ate The Whole Thing” one:


  19. Jason @ says:

    Those are some classic ads. I hadn’t seen most of them until today.


  20. revelbos says:

    Love the pop quiz format Ken! These ads are hysterical, especially since I guessed so many incorrectly. Thanks for sharing.


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