Check Out This Collection of Vintage NYC Television Commercials From 1970s And '80s

YouTuber trainluvr recently came across a pile of old VHS tapes in the garbage of his/her apartment building and saved them, letting us get a glimpse into local television ads from 1977 through 1986. Check them out!

Some TV commercials related to NYC and Transit. […] The first 45 seconds gives samples of each ad in the line up. The Tic Tac ad features a young actor that was a classmate of mine in High School. The Pontiac Grand Am ad is a treasure representing the peak of the musical TV ad art form. There is a lot going in that one that simply could not fly today.

  • Carabine Jeans
  • BonJour Jeans
  • NY Instant Lottery
  • Tropicana Orange Juice
  • Bowery Savings Bank (Joe DiMaggio) (ca. 1981)
  • Clearasil
  • Pontiac Grand Am - We Build Excitement (must see)
  • Chams De Baron (1980)
  • Tic Tac Mouth Whack (1979) (camp counselor actor name?)
  • Big Apple Minute - Bill Boggs in Little Italy (featurette)
  • Big Apple Minute - Doris McMillon does Orchard Street (featurette)
  • Fanfares Shoes - late 1970s AM General type Metro-Dade bus
  • New Jersey's Got It!
  • Bob Gigante for Senator from Staten Island

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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