Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday School: Remember Bic Banana pens & crayons? (1970's)

School's starting again soon, so there's a rush for last minute school supplies & clothes. That allows us to go back in time to the silliness of the 70's.

The folks at Bic are best known for pens & lighters. In the case of the former, they came out with the Bic Banana line in the 70's. Pens, crayons, markers. To shill for Bic, they hired actor Charles Nelson Reilly, who, around the time this was made, may have been in between The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and Lidsville, and still a ways off from Match Game.




Too bad Bic discontinued the Banana line by the end of the decade......

4 comments:

Goldstar said...

I'm guessing that Charles Nelson Reilly appeared in this commercial a few years before starring in Flmation's spoof on kids' shows "Uncle Croc's Block", which ran for a single season in 1975-76 on ABC.

hobbyfan said...

Several sources say this was around 1970. I wasn't sure, so I just generalized it to cover the decade, but you're right, this was pre-1975. As I said, it might've been pre-Lidsville, too.

Austin Schivera said...

Another Filmation connection is that if you go on YouTube and type in Ghostbusters 1975, this same banana commercial is there during the commercial break.

hobbyfan said...

Welp, that doesn't tell us when Bic discontinued the Banana line, but at least it lasted a minimum of 5 years.