Monday, September 26, 2016

At the Circus with Some Nutty Ad-Men

So I opened up the above tape box, and started listening to its contents. And at first, I thought I genuinely had a tape of various companies' attempts to provide an ad for something called "Circus Nuts", as each ad starts with the name of an advertising company. In other words, a series of potential ads for the manufacturer to review and choose from. But that didn't make sense, since the name of the company providing the ads - Donahue and Coe, Inc. - was right on the box.

I'm probably just slow, but it took me until the fourth ad, purported to be from "The British Ad Agency 'Stiff, Upper & Lip'", before it dawned on me that these tracks - including the introductions - were the commercials that ran on the air, and that each "company" named was somehow indicative of the contents of the ad. Ho ho.

There are three minute-long ads and nine 30-second-long ads. A few are fairly funny, all of them are typical of the era (and happily nostalgic for me today, for that reason), and the whole thing is an enjoyable listen.

Here's the entire, eight minute long tape:

Download: Donahue & Coe, Inc. - Twelve Circus Nuts Ads


  1. Based on this web page:

    this tape would have been made no later than 1968, when the Donahue & Coe name disappeared.


  2. Another fine snapshot of Americana, Bob.

    Thanks also to our Anonymous friend with the timely background info in re the RKO recording. All that additional info is very helpful to yours truly.

    I'm also glad to know that this time, I'm only 1 week late from your last post. Thanks again for another stellar recording, Bob!