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WFLD Channel 32 - The Addams Family (Partial Break, 1971)

Here's a partial commercial break from The Addams Family on WFLD Channel 32. Includes:

Good 'N Fruity candy (partial commercial)

Cocoa Puffs (cut off?)

Not sure if the tape was stopped here or if the commercial was just cut-off

Lucky Charms with Rally Sport Racer (cut off at beginning)

Notice the color is on at the beginning, and then turns off. What could have caused this?

(Again, sorry the audio is kind of loud)

This aired on local Chicago TV in 1971.

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I guess 1971-1972.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Sunday, April 27th 2008 at 6:44pm.

Video tape starts to break down after about ten years. And if the heads on the playback machine aren't aligned with the heads on the machine that recorded the tape, the tape may have tracking problems, the video can lose color or resolution, and the audio starts to sound muddy.
Comment posted by kba on Sunday, April 27th 2008 at 8:31pm.

Also, seeing that the earth is a giant magnet...Well, we all know what happens to magnetic media when exposed to a magnet. Which makes these tapes treasures or, dare I say miracles!
Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Monday, April 28th 2008 at 8:47am.

Nice rare early 1970's Good 'n Fruity jingle ("Rainbows of flavor") which doesn't match up to Good 'n Plenty's Choo Choo Charlie commercials.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Monday, April 28th 2008 at 9:38pm.

Daaaaaaaaannnnnngggggg! 35+ years and I STILL know all of the lyrics to the "Good n' Fruity" Rainbow jingle. I was singing along just now - the first time I've seen it in that long.
Comment posted by madsixtian on Wednesday, April 30th 2008 at 6:09pm.

Yahooooo, I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs! LOL!
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, April 30th 2008 at 10:03pm.

I was surprised that the cuckoo was the mascot for Cocoa Puffs this early on. I had thought he was a late-70s idea. But I guess he was there from the beginning. How old is Cocoa Puffs cereal, by the way?
Comment posted by Ringthane on Thursday, May 1st 2008 at 6:55am.

Ringthane, I have come back from the lab with some answers for you! Cocoa Puffs have been around since 1958, which means they turn 50 this year! Sonny, however, is four years younger - he started appearing on TV in 1962.
Comment posted by madsixtian on Thursday, May 1st 2008 at 5:33pm.

Sweet! Thanks for indulging me, madsix.
Comment posted by Ringthane on Thursday, May 1st 2008 at 6:41pm.

I know I've heard the music in the Rally Sport Racer spot somewhere before. It may be a piece of production music I have.
Comment posted by brithgob on Wednesday, May 28th 2008 at 11:02pm.

Good 'n Fruity - The cherry tastes good as the Fourth of July.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Wednesday, July 4th 2012 at 7:39am.

Did you know Carly Simon was the singer of the Good 'n Fruity Rainbow Band jingle?
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Saturday, June 21st 2014 at 8:27am.

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