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WSNS Channel 44 - Summit Series Game 8 (Commercial Break, 1972)

Here's something pretty darn rare - no idea how this was recorded or on what format (it was transferred from some other format onto Beta) it's a partial commercial break during the broadcast on WSNS TV-44 of Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series. It was Canada at U.S.S.R. Includes:

Commercial: Iwan Ries & Co. Tobacco at 17 South Wabash Avenue (voiceover by Mal Wyman)

Commercial: National Supermarkets (voiceover by Lloyd Hanson)

World Championship Hockey slide (which comes back up after the game resumes in some kind of technical difficulty)

Here's the complete TV schedule from that day!

This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, September 28th 1972. (Game aired here from 9pm to Midnight)

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Just a correction: The first ever Canada Cup for hockey did not take place until 1976. (Later Canada Cups were held in 1981, 1984, 1987, and 1991, and since that point, the World Cup in 1996 and 2004.) This is from the 1972 Summit Series.
Comment posted by VintageCanada on Monday, July 20th 2009 at 11:59am.

Corrected, thanks. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, July 20th 2009 at 12:08pm.

I used to smoke a pipe and bought my tobacco and other supplies at Iwan Ries for years.

Wonder what happened to National--there was one at Devon and Newgard for years, and one in Northfield at Happ Road near Willow in what has been renamed Canaille Square (probably has another name now). They sort of vanished not long after this commercial aired, a victim of too much competition from Jewel and Dominick's.

Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, July 20th 2009 at 12:52pm.

That was cool. Thanks Fuzzy.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Tuesday, July 21st 2009 at 7:29am.



Fantastic clip Rick! You've done it again!! Found another gem! :)

Comment posted by MATSYLPOFF on Tuesday, July 21st 2009 at 11:26pm.

It's amazing, but this stuff keeps turning up little by little. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, July 21st 2009 at 11:35pm.

Fuzz: If I am not mistaken, this is the oldest WSNS footage that you have so far?

As far as National foods, I think there was one on Armitage, which at last glance was a Butera (almost 30 years ago).


Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Wednesday, July 22nd 2009 at 3:45pm.

Yep, this is definitely the oldest. This one break is the only one that survived.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, July 22nd 2009 at 6:09pm.

National Supermarkets were on their last leg in Chicago when I was a kid,I remember them.I also remember the old Certi-saver commercials that used to run and the logo with the chubby butcher with a "Certified" seal across his front.
Comment posted by 69TH&STONY on Wednesday, July 22nd 2009 at 9:16pm.

What a find,Fuzzy!!!

Boy,Mal Wyman was "Mr. TV 44" in those days,not only his GM duties,but even did staff announcing even before TV 44 really picked it up when the White Sox arrived in '73.

National Supermarkets did survive after Chicago in the 70's and beyond,...in St. Louis,and operated there until the late 90's.Of course,National's legacy was marred after 1987 in St. Louis.Google it,and find out,I really don't want to explain it here,it's that bad.

Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Friday, July 24th 2009 at 8:13am.

It is really cool to see how those early '70s hockey uniforms look.
Comment posted by Loyal32fan on Friday, July 24th 2009 at 10:35am.

Incredible! Watching this I had to think how amazing the internet is, how fortunate we are to have computers- I don't know how long I (and tons of family and friends) wished that there was some way to see events, commercials and television programs like this- AND HERE IT IS! I can't get over the commercial for NATIONAL! I love the simplicity of a lot of those commercials; a slide and voiceover.

I'm going to follow SoxOnTV44's advice and look up NATIONAL'S history. I recall that most, if not all, of the NATIONAL stores in our area (Lake County) were absorbed by A&P. Problem: A&P was in it's last days in Illinois and it showed in how little attention was paid to the upkeep and service in those stores.

Anyway, I'm going to watch this clip again!

Comment posted by thecromiecircle on Monday, July 27th 2009 at 8:03pm.

My taste is no smoking at all. :P
Comment posted by CelesteK on Tuesday, August 11th 2009 at 2:06pm.

The voiceover on the National commercial sounds like Jack Taylor...

I used to smoke a pipe, and shopped at Iwan Ries all the time. By that time they were selling their tobacco in foil bags instead of cans.

Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, September 28th 2009 at 4:43pm.

Here's an article about National (a/k/a National Tea Co.): http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/2790.html

Sounds like they abandoned Chicago not long after this commercial aired.

Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, September 28th 2009 at 4:46pm.

Man, I absolutely remember a day when so many local commercials were voiceovers over slides. That disappeared by the 80s.
Comment posted by mobilene on Friday, September 28th 2012 at 5:57am.

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