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British Sterling (Commercial, 1977)

Here's a commercial for British Sterling cologne for men. Seems similar to Velamints commercials of the same era.

It's hard to see but I think it says Spiegel at the bottom - the place you could get this at.

This aired on local Chicago TV a few days before 11-21-77.

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My memory of British Sterling ads, is that I didn't recognize that the top half of the bottle was metal. I always thought it was a ripoff that they were only selling a half-full bottle!
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Monday, December 31st 2007 at 1:40am.

my grandpa bought this cologne and i couldn't stand the smell of it!
Comment posted by mokos23 on Tuesday, January 1st 2008 at 1:14am.

One of our commercials was featured on the ABC show "NY Med" last night! (Episode 5)! It was a commercial from 1977 for British Sterling - the woman who was in the ER apparently did the voiceovers back then. I wish I knew her name - I would credit her! Check out the episode segment - skip to about 35:20 into the show - you have to watch a few commercials but then it will come up. Thanks to YouTuber "ClassicCommercial" (Jonathan) for the heads up!
Comment posted by Szake on Wednesday, August 8th 2012 at 12:43pm.

At the bottom, the name is not Spiegel, it is Speidel, the makers of watchbands like Twist-O-Flex and Romunda.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Thursday, August 8th 2013 at 8:20pm.

A bright white lower third on a white snow background with no outline or shadow in a contrasting color. What were they thinking? It kind of reminds me of those subtitles in one of the Austin Powers movies.
Comment posted by Szake on Thursday, August 8th 2013 at 9:09pm.

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