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Vintage Friday: Bell Telephone

Posted by Rosepixie on May 21, 2010

This is a commercial from the 1960s for the Bell Telephone company.

This is a great travel commercial.  It’s a lousy telephone commercial.  It is absolutely full of information, but none of that information has anything to do with what the commercial is actually for.  In fact, the voiceover never even states what the commercial is for!  He’s too busy going on about the mountain train and its history, which is admittedly very interesting, but also entirely unrelated to what he’s trying to advertise.

At the end of this commercial I wanted to ride a train, not make a phone call.  And trains make me think of letters and postcards, not phone calls.

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