When television first came to be, it was only natural that advertising would follow- after all, it was already being done on the radio. Television commercials, also known as ads, are clips that companies pay television studios to air for the public to see. The point of these ads is to convey a message or to get consumers to buy something. Today, ads are incredibly expensive, especially during the Super Bowl, but it wasn't always that way.
In the 1950s and '60s, the average ad was a minute long. As time passed, the ads got shorter and shorter, going down to 15 seconds by the 1980s. Back in the day, if a show was meant to be an hour long, nine of those minutes were dedicated to ads.
Even the style of the ads over 50 years ago has changed. Today, the Flinstones are in adverts showing vitamin gummies, while 50 years ago, they were in ads for beer. Back then, ad makers were not as sensitive to discrimination and racial stereotypes as they are today. Do you remember the other ads of those two decades? Can you tell us what was being advertised if we show you a still of the clip? Let's find out!
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