I was browsing Hake’s this morning when I stumbled upon this wonderful and colorful Fresh-Up Freddie Button.
For those who are more familiar with 7 Ups more contemporary mascot, here is a little background on good ol’ Freddie. Fresh-Up Freddie was the rooster mascot for 7 Up in the late 1950s. In his ad campaign, he gave viewers lessons about how to plan successful parties and picnics by having a plenty of 7 Up on hand.
The commercials were produced by Disney, giving the character that specific Disney look of the time and when you see the commercials and character, the Disney influences are apparent. Freddie was a crossover between Panchito Pistoles, the rooster and Aracuan Bird from The Three Caballeros. He was voiced by cartoon voice and Disney legend Paul Frees.
Show everyone that you are in the Halloween AND Team Bennigan’s spirit with this retro Bennigan’s Tavern Witch Button. Make sure you make lots of “spirits” puns when you are at the bar. That is endearing, not annoying. Not at all.
Creepy was an American horror comic magazine launched by Warren Publishing in 1964 that has gone through a few incarnations and is still being put out today. Back in the day it was an exciting title to pick up, because like Mad Magazine, it was a black-and-white publication in magazine format. That means it did not require the approval or seal of the CCA (Comics Code Authority). The anthology magazine was initially published quarterly but later went bimonthly. The most recent Dark Horse reboot is up to issue 8.
I am glad that Creepy is still going today. Hopefully it will keep the interest in the old Creepy memories alive and spur interest in collectibles related to its history like this Creepy Magazine Fan Club Button, which is being sold at Hake’s.
I have no idea what Baltimore’s Volco tasted like, but the idea of a soft drink with a Volcano as a mascot or at least as its central concept is pretty great. Info about the beverage is pretty much non-existent online, but I would like to think it was a very fizzy cherry or strawberry drink. Something that if you merely looked at your glass the wrong way would erupt in sugary explosion of deliciousness.
When I was younger, denim jackets were all the rage in my school. Usually they would be “customized” either professionally with patches or embroidery of some sort, but more often the customization was more “homemade”. This meant the use of colored markers accompanied by buttons…lots of buttons. Metal was all the rage back then and many people had a thing for Quiet Riot. Maybe it is because I am spending some time in my hometown this month, but I was thinking about those metal heads and their buttons, which got me browsing Hake’s wonderful button selection. It did not take me long to locate a familiar pin…