Speedy and the Fizz!

Posted by on April 24, 2008

Did the title of my post ring a bell?

Did the name come to mind?

Do you know what I’m talking about yet?

If not, here’s another clue:

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That’s right! It’s Alka-Seltzer!

It’s the classic American product sold as a relief to indigestion, upset stomach, and heartburn. With great slogans and a cute, animated character, it’s a product still found on store shelves today.

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The advertising character Speedy was developed in the early 1950’s and became quite popular.  In his work, Character Trademarks, John Mendenhall tells us about him:

“…was six inches tall…became so famous that it was insured for $100,000 and stored in the vault of a Beverly Hills bank…”

He goes on to cite the number of commercials Speedy appeared in: 200 in a decade and “…even blasted off in a rocket to the moon…”

Besides the Speedy character, Alka-Seltzer is known for its very famous advertising slogans such as:

Try it, you’ll like it!”

“I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!”

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I’ll leave you today with a classic Speedy jingle:

“Down, down, down the stomach through,

Round, round, round the system too,

With Alka-Seltzer you’re sure to say,

Relief is just a swallow away…”

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Try the links below for more videos and product information.  Especially in the archive.org information, there are some other characters and slogans that might bring back some classic memories!

Have a great day, see you tomorrow!

Links:

Advertising Icon Museum

Wikipedia: Alka-Seltzer

NYTimes Link (slogans)

Alka-Seltzer official Site

Speedy Alka-Seltzer video (NYTimes)

Sources:

(1) Archive.org Classic Commercials

(2) Archive.org Classic Commercials

(3) Wikipedia: Alka-Seltzer

(4) Character Trademarks, John Mendenhall

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