Friday, April 2, 2010

The Beatmint Generation

I'm working on a few candy posts for the weekend - holiday-themed stuff like ads for Brach chocolate eggs. So do come back and check out some kitsch and retro confectionary.

But I thought we'd work up to the candy with some faux-Chiclets, first - these are really special though. They are mod, fab and gear - a Beatles rip-off called Anglo Beatmint, designed to make you want to get up and scream for the Fab Four! The ad is from February 1964, which was when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show and even the criminals in New York stopped stealing stuff to watch.

They made dispensers for this stuff too, look over here on eBay - a bright-yellow vending machine dedicated to Beatmint, the link is here (and that's where the picture is from, too).

The ad pictures are from Vintage Scans. And here's a little musical accompaniment that you can chomp along to:



This is a really interesting clip - it juxtaposes the rehearsal and live performance of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 - you get a great stereo effect, plus you can see how great the Beatles were at live performances. Plus the ambient screaming-girls noise is somewhat minimized, which is a good thing.

5 comments:

Barbara said...

The Anglo Company? Wow, what a weird name...

Bossy Betty said...

Can't wait for more candy posts!

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

What a fascinating video! And what awesome gum!

Everybody should eat British-inspired gum, if you ask me! :D

Tori Lennox said...

I would have thought Beatmint was more at home with poetry-spouting beatniks in dark coffee shops....

Lidian said...

Barbara - Especially since it was an English company, I think. We get it!

Bossy Betty - Thank you, they are fun, those candy posts.

Richard - Absolutely they should.

Tori - Endorsed by Jack, Dean and all the Merry Pranksters, too.