Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kress In Sarasota

Thinking about dime stores like Kress, Kresge, Murphy and Woolworth. Read our post on F.W. Woolworth at Bring F. W. Woolworth back. In these times when we need dime stores, where are they? Thank goodness for Macon Brock's Dollar Tree.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Great Richmond, Virginia Brand, Nelson and Gwatkin

Regional clothing brands are the best. Here, a logo from the late Nelson & Gwatkin, which was the J. Press of Main Street Richmond, Virginia. If you had a suit from Nelson & Gwatkin, you were not to be messed with.

Read about great Northern Neck of Virginia brands on our main website at www.brandlandusa.com. Questions? E-mail the esteemed and idisyncratic editor who kept his Nelson & Gwatkin hanger, not knowing that one day he would be able to blog it. Catch him by clicking his name, Garland Pollard.

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Thinking About Buick. Thinking Electra 225

U.S. automakers got a loan! $25 billion! Guess they will be around for a bit longer, we hope another hundred years.

Read our post on General Motors called GM's Unpopular Models. It tells you that for Buick to survive, it needs the LeSabre, Century, Park Avenue and Electra 225.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Drink a Wink, From Canada Dry

Who's missing this old friend. Kinda like Slice, but as we recall it had a sort of grapefruit pulp slurry hanging out at the bottom.

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Florida Barbeque Time

We are thinking about a barbeque out on the patio, just like old-style Florida, with image found on www.floridasnapshot.com

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Pan Am to Moscow

We just thought this was sort of fun.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Brit Rail Butter

We found this butter container from 1979 in with some junk. Gotta love the British Rail logo.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bring Back these Bean Mocs

Thinking about the L.L. Bean Double L Moccasin..... read about them on our main website, www.brandlandusa.com.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

White Tower Coffee!

I'm thinking about a cup of White Tower coffee. Or maybe a White Tower in Ohio. See our post:

Save the Toledo, Ohio White Tower

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

MTV's Total Release Live

Say goodbye to TRL. Apparently, Viacom is going to give it a break.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Audi, VW, Porsche

We just thought this was very well done.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Time For Chrysler to Bring Back Plymouth

The future of Chrysler was tied to Plymouth.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Tastee Freeze. It's Tasty.

Do you like Tastee Freeze? We do.

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Candy From Tandy: The Realistic Flavoradio from Radio Shack

Radio Shack was once a hotbed of product innovation, and had a number of sub-brands including Science Fair, Micronta, Archer, Realistic and Weatheradio. We talk about these brands at length on our new site.

See our post on the main website of www.brandlandUSA.com. Or buy one on ebay from seller Williamrob42.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pet Project: Commodore To Return as Netbook



The pioneer computer brand, best known for its retro computer games, is expected to come back as a laptop or netbook.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Kentucky Fried Secret Transfers Today



The Associated Press reports that today, the Colonel's recipe was moved in a Brink's truck.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

W.R. Taylor and Company Brick

In any city, regional building suppliers can convey a real sense of history and their own importance in the community. Would you trust bricks and building supplies from W.R. Taylor? Of course. They have been in business "Serving Pensacola Over 100 Years."

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Harbour Club, Naples

Sometimes even a small resort can be a cool brand. Here, the Harbour Club in the northern part of Naples, Florida. The brand is the lettering, all well designed on a simple background of tile.

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Edgehill Motel, Route 301, Virginia

North of Port Royal, near Dalhgren. We are loving America, and the American roadside.

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Thinking of Northwest

We think Northwest ought to stay Northwest, and Delta ought to stay Delta, though they can be married. We found this timetable from 2000, and it reminded us how Northwest is a VERY well-known brand in Asia, and valuable brand equity will be lost if Pacific routes are branded as Delta.
Read Why the Northwest and Delta Brands Should Survive

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Marshall Field Rally Tomorrow

A photo of an old Balenciaga dress from Marshall Field's taken at the Marriott's Blackstone Hotel, now called The Blackstone Renaissance Hotel. It's from the book Give the Lady What She Wants. As far as we know it is out of print.

Fans of the Marshall Field’s department store will rally again Tuesday. Top it off with dinner at the Blackstone!

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Rallying for Marshall Field's

Those fans of the Marshall Field’s department store will rally again Tuesday, not only to express support for the Field’s name TWO years after Macy’s killed it off, but to celebrate a new book on the iconic Chicago department store. The full story at our main website, www.brandlandusa.com.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Peugeot To Bring Back Talbot?



The automotive blog The Truth About Cars by Martin Schwoerer reports that Talbot could return as an inexpensive car marque of Peugeot, perhaps made in Eastern Europe. They didn't like the idea. We sort of do, but we do think he has raised a valid discussion about the meaning of the Talbot brand.

As an American who is interested in cars, we know Talbot Simca as the sister car to the Plymouth Horizon. But he points out that the brand was one of the most expensive and exclusive of the European car brands early on. It was later acquired by Chrysler. Look about at the video of Colin McRae and his Talbot rally car that he competed in when he was 17. The brand is obviously hip.

Dare we suggest, could Hillman be next?

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Crocker Motorcycle Returns After 66 Years

Crocker, the California motorbike company, is back, led by Canadian Michael Schacht. The bikes were built between 1936 and 1942. Folks called them the Duesenberg of motorbikes. It was one of many brands in the U.S., including Vincent and Brough Superior, Indian and Harley. Forbes Life recently featured the brand, which retails for $65,000. Indian has been revived fully by Stephen Julius and Steve Heese, just after reviving Chris-Craft Boat Company.

Because the production run is only 100 or so, product licensing is certainly going to be a big part of the business strategy. The new bikes are EXACTLY like the old. This is the perfect solution for an old brand, and a low risk one. Make only a few, and your start up cost is lower. In addition, you do not offend the purists and collectors. You become a boutique brand, and can learn and test while you slowly revive the company. Once the consumer sees a good revived product, you can adapt the brand later on. Or not.

Visit their website, www.crockermotorcycleco.com for more details, photos and history.

Read our post on the revival of the MG brand. Or send us an email. Ideas? Comments? Click Here To Send

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Moose-elephant

Time for the Moose-e-phant? Or Moose-elephant?

A change up for for the Republican brand, home of the pistol packin' mama of five.

Go moose hunting with us!

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Paris Better Brand Than London?

Hmmm. Reading about city and municipal branding, and which brand is better, is totally normative. What is a great city to one is a bad city to others.

So we were fascinated to read how city brands were rated by the Saffron European City Brand Barometer. The survey looked at "assets and attractions against the strength of their brands." In the survey, Paris was the top European city brand followed by London.

We like London.

The top 10:

  1. Paris
  2. London
  3. Barcelona
  4. Berlin
  5. Amsterdam
  6. Munich
  7. Stockholm
  8. Prague
  9. Rome
  10. Athens
Go with us to London!

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

BBC Plans Brand Documentary Series

The BBC is airing a documentary on brands as part of their In Business series. It will be broadcast on Radio 4 in the UK in three weeks beginning 25 September and will be on the BBC World Service in October. In Business is hosted by Peter Day. We think its cool that his online bio states that the host is "slowly learning to play the cello and ring church bells."

Exact dates may change; check in (and listen and download) on the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/inbusiness/inbusiness.shtml

We'll be watching the BEEB
!

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Radio Talk Shows Revive Revlon's Enjoli Name

Discussion topic this morning on talk radio. What song should Sarah Palin have as her "intro" before she addresses the RNC? Radio talk shows are buzzing, and bringing back an old name. Revlon's Enjoli. Actually, the commercial is based on the old Peggy Lee song, herself a good friend of Ronnie and Nancy, and as we recall, guest at the White House in the Reagan terms.



Looking at the commercial though, the Enjoli actress looks FAR more like Cindy McCain, except for the big hair. Today, Enjoli is one of the perfume brands of Revlon, including Charlie and Jontue. We can still hear the ads now. Back then, it was part of Charles of the Ritz, itself purchased and shut down by Revlon in 2002.

Frankly, there is more equity in Charles of the Ritz than Enjoli, but at least the latter is still on the shelves. Revlon, whose stock price SUCKS (is the stock FREE?), ought to think about how it could extract some value from Charles of the Ritz, either on its own, or through licensing. Charles of the Ritz is on the 100 Brands That Need to Come Back List.

Want to know more about old perfume brands? Read our post A Trip Through Historic Perfume Brands.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Clorox Green Works. Bold Step That Works

The venerable Clorox brand has gone green.

Click on this demonstration video to see Green Works all purpose cleaner at work. It's 99.93 percent natural, and has a Sierra Club approval. Who would have thought that not only would the Clorox brand be able to extend into environmental products, but that Clorox Green Works would actually be consistent with the heritage of the brand. Tomorrow, log onto www.brandlandusa.com to find out more about how this great American brand is staying relevant.



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Monday, September 01, 2008

Cartoon Brand, Shipping Line

How far can you extend a brand?

REALLY far. What if we told you that a broke artist's cartoon about a steamboat captain could turn into a shipping line? You would never believe us. But that's what happened. Here, the Disney Wonder (or is it Magic) heading out of Port Canaveral, Florida.

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