How Did Jim Henson Help Sell Marathon Gasoline In 1963? With Singing Gas Pumps!

Image courtesy of the Muppet Wiki.
Image courtesy of the Muppet Wiki.

In 1963 when Marathon Gasoline approached Jim Henson to help them come up with a way to sell gas through his unique brand of humorous commercials, he delivered the goods with “Out of Town on Business” which has the two Pitchman Pumps named ‘Regular’ and ‘Premium’ not only singing the praises of the gas but bemoaning that attendant is getting all of the credit for their work.

[Via] The Jim Henson Company

A big thanks as always to Jim Henson’s Red Book for the behind the scenes info as well as the video!


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