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September 30, 2021 2:44 pm  #31


Re: Zellers Returns!

Glen Warren wrote:

paterson1 wrote:

All of these defunct department stores were great advertisers.  For many newspapers and radio stations they were their biggest accounts. ... 

Very true...  numerous Sears Canada commercials were shot on video at VTR Productions smaller Studio/Stage 2 on Scollard St. and then the edit and distribution was done on the Post side. 70s and 80s...  followed very close to the production standard/look of the US Sears TV commercials of the 80s.

And Eaton's had their own TV studio(s) up in Agincourt, as they were the part owners in Baton / CFTO back in the day. Lots of Eaton's, Kraft Foods, Ford commercials shot at CFTO.


 

About five years before they went bankrupt, Eaton's made a play to buy out the CTV network. They already owned a chunk through Baton Broadcasting and were interested in owning the whole network.  Naturally it never happened.  I had a relative who headed up TDF Productions and Eaton's was their biggest account.  The company was fortunately moving into TV production and commercials in the early 70's.  They handled all of the artwork and creative photography for Eaton's catalogues.  When the retailer cancelled the catalogue division, could have been the death of TDF.  However they were well situated producing commercials for Coke, CIBC, and catalogue work with Canadian Tire and others.  

 

September 30, 2021 7:52 pm  #32


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Scorpio42 wrote:

And I forgot Eaton's and I'm pretty sure there's a few more department stores that were around when I was growing up in the 1980's.

https://i.ibb.co/Z1qS6ss/z-ca-eatons-clr-2.jpg

Ah yes. How well I remember, as a lad, furtively poring over the women's underwear section of Eaton's catalogue. We didn't have Playboy.
 

 

October 1, 2021 6:24 am  #33


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I remember visiting a Zellers (or maybe it was Kresge’s) in 1960 or so in Montreal. In their ‘record section’, there was usually a Survey Chart. It wasn’t from a local radio station and it wasn’t Billboard or Cashbox. It was Canadian. Does anyone else remember the chart?

 

October 1, 2021 7:57 am  #34


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RadioActive wrote:

I'm amazed how much interest this thread has attracted. The department store concept may be long gone, but it's obviously not forgotten. Here's one more. I don't know how many people remember Morgan's, which was a chain that originally started in Montreal. There were a few here in Toronto and the one that was closest to me as a kid was at Lawrence Plaza. It was eventually bought out by The Bay. 

Haven't been to Bathurst and Lawrence in a long time, but I think that store is now a Winners.

https://i.ibb.co/CtbsVtC/Morgan-s-Bag.jpg

The only Morgan's I remember was at Cloverdale Mall, which I think became a Bay, then Zellers and now Winners.

 

October 1, 2021 9:34 am  #35


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Damian wrote:

I remember visiting a Zellers (or maybe it was Kresge’s) in 1960 or so in Montreal. In their ‘record section’, there was usually a Survey Chart. It wasn’t from a local radio station and it wasn’t Billboard or Cashbox. It was Canadian. Does anyone else remember the chart?

That's odd the chart wasn't from a local radio station, or even Billboard or Cashbox.  RPM's chart didn't happen until  June 1964.  Could be that Zeller's had their own in house Survey Chart for the stores.  Zeller's sold a ton of singles and albums, and did have locations everywhere, so it could have been their own chart. 

 

October 4, 2021 12:32 pm  #36


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https://www.cbc.ca/radio/club-z-s-not-dead-baby-zellers-is-back-sort-of-1.6196984/is-the-lowest-price-the-law-again-zellers-returns-as-a-pop-up-store-1.6197346

Gotta get the last squeeze out of this story, good ole CBC finally investigates and posted this report yesterday. It's surprisingly not dry.

(Thanks for sharing about the Morgan's department stores RadioActive, the logo brought back memories of shopping for new school clothes there with my mom for grade school in Beaconsfield on the West Island during the last sweltering week of August in the 70's, how did we ever survive without air conditioning?)

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October 9, 2021 9:32 am  #37


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One thing that Roger Ashby does occasionally on his show is play old radio commercials.  In the past he has played the old Dominion grocery jingle, Wrigley's gum, Coke, Pepsi and other's that escape me right now.  This morning at about 20 minutes into the first hour he played on old Simpsons-Sears radio jingle likely from the mid 60's.  The old radio commercials bring back lots of memories too.  On his show this week he is saluting John Lennon, October 9th would have been John's 81st birthday.
https://cdn.strategyonline.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/early-622x87.jpg?5f1ace
 

Last edited by paterson1 (October 9, 2021 9:37 am)

 

October 9, 2021 9:52 am  #38


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paterson1 wrote:

One thing that Roger Ashby does occasionally on his show is play old radio commercials.  In the past he has played the old Dominion grocery jingle, Wrigley's gum, Coke, Pepsi and other's that escape me right now.  This morning at about 20 minutes into the first hour he played on old Simpsons-Sears radio jingle likely from the mid 60's.  The old radio commercials bring back lots of memories too.  On his show this week he is saluting John Lennon, October 9th would have been John's 81st birthday.
https://cdn.strategyonline.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/early-622x87.jpg?5f1ace
 

Waterloo .. a break from residence food .. great pizza .. Super Steins .. easy on the wallet ..  Frank Vetere's .. back when life was way less complicated : )) ..  


 

 

October 9, 2021 10:51 am  #39


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paterson1 wrote:

One thing that Roger Ashby does occasionally on his show is play old radio commercials.  In the past he has played the old Dominion grocery jingle, Wrigley's gum, Coke, Pepsi and other's that escape me right now.  This morning at about 20 minutes into the first hour he played on old Simpsons-Sears radio jingle likely from the mid 60's.  The old radio commercials bring back lots of memories too.  On his show this week he is saluting John Lennon, October 9th would have been John's 81st birthday.
https://cdn.strategyonline.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/early-622x87.jpg?5f1ace
 

Somewhere I have a reel of old Simsons commercials. At least I think it was Simsons and not Eaton's and I hope I did not record over that tape or sell it.. Perhaps one day I will find it again. Was a production reel.

Here's a Coke commercial from CJBQ that I luckily digitized some years ago:

Coke 1962



 

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October 11, 2021 4:20 am  #40


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Radiowiz wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

Or what about the Bi-Way? (Which, come to think of it, may have an entirely different meaning in these sexually liberated times...)

Bi-way is back, expected to open very soon on Orfus road in Toronto (if not already open...)  https://biwaystore.com/

Okay I take that back!! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/sad.png
   Long live Zellers!!!!
 https://www.narcity.com/toronto/the-opening-of-torontos-long-awaited-biway-10-store-is-now-potentially-cancelled


RadioWiz & RadioQuiz are NOT the same person. 
RadioWiz & THE Wiz are NOT the same person.

 
 

October 12, 2021 10:18 am  #41


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Apparently, there's more nostalgia than bargains. 

Zellers returns — kind of — but the lowest price isn't quite the law

 

October 18, 2021 10:27 pm  #42


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RadioWiz & RadioQuiz are NOT the same person. 
RadioWiz & THE Wiz are NOT the same person.