Waffle Whiffer: for all your thirtysomething's childhood nostalgia needs
June 8, 2009 3:29 PM   Subscribe

If you love 1970s food-related advertising mascots as much as I do, you'll probably love Waffle Whiffer's blog. Loads of old posts on fast food characters, sugar cereal boxes, and even pogs! The Waffle Whiffer's flickr stream is a similar treasure trove of goodies with too many worth mentioning. Ok, just one: who knew the Thompson Twins had such great iconography (and why did they do a deal with Cap'n Crunch?)?
posted by mathowie (14 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
That Thompson Twins sticker is a real find. Another good source if you're into this stuff is Neato Coolville's flickr stream with galleries devoted to cereal and fast food. He's got a pretty wide-ranging blog also with lots of 20th century commercial graphics and ephemera.
posted by marxchivist at 3:37 PM on June 8, 2009


Please put me in the column: "Knew that the Thompson Twins had great iconography."
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 3:44 PM on June 8, 2009


I remember getting a Thompsons Twin disc from a slurpee cup when I was a kid (also Night Ranger).
posted by boo_radley at 3:49 PM on June 8, 2009


I'm going to take a wild guess that the Thompson Twins fan club no longer answers mail at that address.

You'd be mistaken, then. Granted, we've had to scale things back a little (this office suite also is the headquarters of the Cutting Crew fan club), but we're still in business.
posted by porn in the woods at 3:56 PM on June 8, 2009 [4 favorites]


If you love 1970s food-related advertising mascots as much as I do...

Their 1960s predecessors were responsible for filling my young mouth full of cavities and endless trips to the dentist...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:20 PM on June 8, 2009


Waffle Whiffer is a Flickr 'contact' of mine, and I am regularly flabbergasted by stuff he posts. I think, sincerely, that he should be sponsored by the Smithsonian or something. I honestly believe that there is a tremendous amount of cultural value to the stuff he collects. There's another feller over there, Jason Liebig, who has similar tastes, and between the two of them there is just a mind-boggling amount of terrific material.

God I love that stuff.
posted by dirtdirt at 5:33 PM on June 8, 2009


That's three 'stuff's in one comment - a new personal best!
posted by dirtdirt at 5:34 PM on June 8, 2009


I'll be godaamned this guy collects Waffelo Bill punchouts.

I would swear Thompson Twins was one of the "Rising Stars of Video Music" heard (but not pictured) on this Quaker Granola Dipps flexi-disc.
Quaker also makes the Cap n' Crunch.
posted by Hammond Rye at 5:55 PM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ah -- here's a blog post that attempts to explain the appeal of collecting a cardboard cut-out Waffelos ghost town populated by punch-out characters.
posted by Hammond Rye at 6:08 PM on June 8, 2009


Wow, it's like a museum of things I wasn't allowed to have as a kid!

quietly sobs in corner
posted by JoanArkham at 6:12 PM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


Okay, take a look at these Waffelos commercials and tell me you don't want some godaamned Waffelos.

With some Dinky Donuts mixed in. Not Chocolate Donutz or powdered Donutz. That's gross.
posted by Hammond Rye at 6:18 PM on June 8, 2009


This box of Post Super Sugar Crisp is from early in 1975 and features the classic Terrariums offer. Kids from the '70s may have fond memories of these very curious cereal prizes which were given away on four different occasions during the decade.

Actually I do have fond memories of the S.S.C. terrariums. Seriously.
posted by MikeMc at 7:43 PM on June 8, 2009


Holy crap! Me and brothers totally killed everything we grew in those terrariums!
posted by plinth at 7:54 AM on June 9, 2009


"This box of Post Super Sugar Crisp is from early in 1975 and features the classic Terrariums offer. Kids from the '70s may have fond memories of these very curious cereal prizes which were given away on four different occasions during the decade."

Yes! I remember loving my terrarium too. Only I think I got mine out of a box of Alpha-Bits, which for some reason it's hard to find at the store these days, no idea why.

My mom wasn't wild about buying the sugary cereal for me - but as long as I eventually ate the whole box I could have the prize. Unless I could manage to dig it free within the first day of opening the box. I always felt extra lucky when that happened.

Also add me to the "Knew that the Thompson Twins had great iconography."
In fact I've been trying to find that Thompson Twins sticker - someone actually gave it to me, fresh out of the cereal. I was sure I'd kept it here somewhere...
*goes off to rummage some more, in a fit of nostalgia*
posted by batgrlHG at 7:14 PM on June 13, 2009


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