Sunday, November 30, 2008

Eliminate Pontiac? Good Earth How Stupid of GM

Yes, they are talking about it. Read about the implosion at GM on our main blog. Meanwhile, a stunning Pontiac. Thank goodness for the car collectors.

Visit our main site www.brandlandusa.com/ for in depth stories, including a discussion of the Tiger Woods/Buick divorce.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Zombie Brand, Austin Mini


A cool car. A great brand that returned from the dead. The Austin Mini. Here, an Austin Mini Countryman.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Merita Sweet Sixteen No More!

What happened to our old friends Merita Sweet Sixteen doughnuts? They are now Hostess Sweet Sixteen. Not good. Visit our main site BrandlandUSA.com for an in depth report on the issue entitled We're Mad About our Sweet Sixteen Doughnuts.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jiffy Mix. The Best.

I'd like some Jiffy mix pumpkin pie please for Thanksgiving!

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Texas Instruments TI-1200

 

The classic calculator of the 1970s. Still works. Love Texas Instruments.


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Jefferson Clothing Company of Richmond

 

Once the brand of the Friedman Marks company of Marshall Street in Richmond, Virginia. It was around until the mid-1990s. It was a great brand, and could have been Jos A. Bank. Or not.

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Dhalishan Cashmere

A great classic brand of cashmere. What decade, we are not sure.

 


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Mark Fore No More

 

Nope, it's not around this year.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

British Pullman Logo for Christmas

The Orient-Express company is its own revived brand, and part of its operations now operate a gift shop with commemorative items from its trains. Here pictured a British Pullman crest, taken from the ones on the outside of the company's carriages.

See their gift shop at www.orient-expressgifts.com.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Readers Want Tickle Deodorant? You bet!

Yes, we had a reader ask us what the heck happened to Tickle Deodorant. So we have added it to our Facebook Application called Brands to Bring Back from BrandlandUSA.com

You can find your favorite dead brand, and send a bit of it to a friend! Give 'em a tickle! Tickle is the freakiest dead brand around. Kinda sick actually but entirely amusing.

We Love Sabrett Sauerkraut

Tasty on a reuben. Made in the Bronx. Can it get any better?

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Bring Back American-flagged Shipping

With the threat of piracy now returning to international waters, we think that American flagged vessels need to assert that they get first preference when the U.S. Navy is protecting shipping lanes, particularly in the Indian Ocean and off of Somalia.

No matter where an American-branded ship sails, the U.S. Navy ought to protect it.

Visit our main site www.brandlandusa.com tomorrow for in depth story on American flagged shipping brands.

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Next Step for Cypress Gardens

Florida's Cypress Gardens closed last weekend. A few suggestions on our site as they reformat their visitor experience.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Drake's Good. Drake's by Hostess, Not Good.

For lovers of Drake's, that cake started by Newman E. Drake in 1988, we worried that the name Hostess has attached itself to Drake's.

Devil Dogs, Yodels, Coffee Cake, Yankee Doodles and Ring Dings can only be associated with Drake's.

Brooklynites need to protest! Drake's is a Brooklyn brand, through and through, and it needs no Hostess to help sell it.

Read of our frustration with the disappearance of the Merita brand on Sweet Sixteen doughnuts at our main site, www.brandlandusa.com

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Can Cypress Gardens Survive

Here, two Southern Belles at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. We will be coming up with ideas to help reinvent the Cypress Gardens brand.

Sunday, November 16, 2008 was the last day the park opened. It is set to re-open in four months with a more focus on its core brand, which is a historic house, exquisite botanical garden and always pleasing water ski and wakeboard show.

On Monday, our main site www.brandlandusa.com/ will have an in depth report on how to save the park. In the meantime, if you have ideas, send them to the editor, Garland Pollard.

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Buick Skylark from General Motors

There are few things superior to a Buick blue, and 1960s typography on a Buick Skylark.

Read our opinions on the future of Buick at our editorial, Buick and the Invicta Concept Car.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Mad About Hostess

We found some Sweet Sixteen doughnuts at Publix today. There were BIG changes we noticed, and we are not happy. If you are a fan of Merita Sweet Sixteen, you will be VERY upset by the change in packaging.

Read about them at www.brandlandusa.com.

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Look, A Sunbeam

We love this British cars. Sunbeam was a car brand started by John Marston Co. Ltd of Wolverhampton, England, in 1888 that made cars, bicycles and motorbikes.

The brand was later associated with Chrysler, and shut down in the early 1980s.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Northern Neck Brands

Do you miss Webster's ketchup? That was a brand of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. How about Huff & Puff Cat Food? It was a Northern Neck brand of cat food, made from menhaden bits from trawlers in Reedville.

Read our story on Northern Neck of Virginia brand names.

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Bring Back Store Accounts



In slowdowns of years past, many retailers owned their own charge card portfolio. That meant something powerful. A retailer could talk directly to its consumers, without someone like GE as an intermediary, and run specials, reduce financing or in general juke up sales.

This option has gone from most retailers. Above, a Thalhimers card, from just before the destructive May Company ruined a great Virginia institution. Perhaps retailers might again think of store credit as a way to buy them some sales. Today, its even easier, with software and such, but in the old days, a simple account number could ring up sales.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kimonos Return To Japan

Check out this clip to see how the kimono has returned to Japan.

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No More Suck A Thumb



It's the brand Thum.

We thought this was a hilarious brand that we found at Walgreens. We didn't know parents still worried about thumb-sucking, but glad the product is out there. Just paint on fingertips. And it doesn't cause nausea or stomach upset.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Thinking of J. Arthur Rank and Biba

Thinking of J. Arthur Rank, the British entertainment company. Not only did they have a theater chain, but they produced documentary films, presumably to show in the Rank theatre chain. Below is a film on grooving London fashions of the 1960s.

One treat? An interior of the original Biba store. By the way, you can read about the revival of Biba in our main website story Biba Brand returns.



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Bring Back Song of the South



In this post-racial America, we Americans are mature enough to be able to watch Song of the South again.

We have the Song of the South on our new handy dandy Facebook application called 100 Brands to Bring Back from BrandlandUSA. We hope if you are on Facebook, you will give it a try and support bringing back the Song of the South.

That's What Uncle Remus says.
More, more tell us more.

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Kraft Fudgies Search



People are still searching for Kraft Fudgies. Please visit our story on Kraft Fudgies.

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Moscow State Circus



We happened upon this on the Fourth of July in Sarasota. It's one of the many circus companies still in Circus City U.S.A., Sarasota, Florida. Visit our main site www.brandlandusa.com for in depth stories. Ideas? Leave a comment or email editor Garland Pollard

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Looking for Wolff Freres



We had a reader searching for the cologne Wolff Freres. Any ideas? Visit our main site at www.brandlandusa.com tomorrow for more on the search. More ideas? Leave a comment or email editor Garland Pollard

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

We Like the Hialeah Meter Maid

Would you like to buy some meters from this maid? You bet! She is Leah the meter maid from the Hialeah Meter Company in Hialeah, Florida, and boy does she have some light-you-up curves.

Have a mascot. It's fun, and makes your product memorable.

Value in the Northwest Airlines Brand


Shame on Northwest's management for allowing its identity to be destroyed by Delta. Not only is a great bit of American history going to be lost, unnecessarily, but a large amount of shareholder value, in the Northwest identity, is going to be lost.

This is not an issue of empty-but-fun nostalgia. This is an issue for current Delta shareholders, who will certainly lose brand recognition across the Pacific and in the Western U.S., where Northwest is so important a part of the market. Northwest has spent millions over the decades to build its brand, and to lose that brand identity would be a loss.

But it is not too late. Delta can and should find meaningful ways of permanently incorporating the Northwest brand INTO the Delta family. Read about how the KLM brand has been enhanced after that company's merger with Air France. It's on our main BrandlandUSA site:

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Way Cool Pontiac



Looking at a 1950s Pontiac logo, we learned that the Indian theme disappeared in the 1950s. Perhaps it is time to bring it back, at least on some special editions, and honor Chief Pontiac.

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Cadillac Style

A great view of a great grille. Cadillac. American icon. Like Jaguar was to British Leyland, Cadillac is to General Motors.

Read our stories on the various brands of General Motors.

If you don't want to read, you should, as it appears we taxpayers are going to bail out Rick Wagoner's General Motors to the tune of $50 billion. Ugh.

GM's Unpopular Models
Elimination of the Oldsmobile

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