I remember when I was younger commercials annoyed me to no end. Why were they so long and why did I have to wait to watch full house for another 2 minutes. Now I really don’t care and well a lot of the music from my iPod I got from TV commercials. Yea I totally hit up my shazam app when a catchy lil song comes on.
But who was the first to say I could totally sell stuff though this picture box.
“The first television advertisement was broadcast in the United States on July 1, 1941. The watchmaker Bulova paid $9 for a placement on New York station WNBT before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The 20-second spot displayed a picture of a clock superimposed on a map of the United States, accompanied by the voice-over "America runs on Bulova time."”
It was pretty cheesy, watch it here:
After this a bunch of others came including some for tide and coca-cola. Also did you know that the invention of the remote control in the 1950s changed the way commercials were placed? Before they were only in the beginning or end of shows, but since people could now freely just change over them, without leaving the comfort of their seats, they started including them mid show so people couldn’t tune away. Clever bastards!
And so there you have it, the dodgers and some clock guy who was smart enough to say I want in on this crazy technology.want to learn more: commercials