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Post# 989893   4/8/2018 at 10:40 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

See, this is true elegance, having floor length sheers hanging next to your laundry appliance(s) and what looks like a nice piece of art on the other side to say nothing of being placed so close to the wall that fill and drain hoses, to say nothing of the dryer vent, would not seem to exist. AS IF this machine that sounds like a rock crusher would be anywhere near such an elegant part of your home, unless a movie star's mansion has built-in elegance all over. It's nice that it is on a tile or slate floor because when these machines were installed on wood floors whether bare wood or covered with linoleum they made a nasty scorch mark on the floor under the burner location on the left side of the machine.

I wonder if there was any legal obligation for the celebrities to actually have these appliances connected and in use in their homes when the ads claimed that they did. I was always skeptical about that add, seen from time to time, showing Jane Wyatt having her pair of Ladies in front of that glass wall. Most of these "installations" looked like the machines could have been wheeled in for the photo shoot and then hauled out or installed in a less attractive part of the home.

Post# 989905 , Reply# 1   4/8/2018 at 11:30 by appnut (TX)        

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When I see this add, it always reminds me of To Kill a Mocking Bird. 

Post# 989908 , Reply# 2   4/8/2018 at 11:44 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Bob, I think you may have James Stewart confused with Gregory Peck, who was the lead star of “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Because they sure didn’t have one of these combos in that movie.

Post# 989921 , Reply# 3   4/8/2018 at 13:38 by appnut (TX)        

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Eddie, you are right.  Thanks for reminding me.  IN some ways Gregory Peck and Jimmy Stewart remind me of each other in some of their mannerisms when they were portraying parts.  (a "Sr. moment") I know definitely Jimmy Stewart was the lead in The Glenn Miller Story. 

Post# 989922 , Reply# 4   4/8/2018 at 13:47 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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It’s cool Bob! I kinda knew what you were driving at. The “Glenn Miller Story” was one of my favorite Jimmy Stewart movies.

Post# 989931 , Reply# 5   4/8/2018 at 15:44 by spiralator60 (Los Angeles)        
Celebrity Endorsements


To a certain extent, yes, celebrities had some obligation or commitment to personally owning and using the appliances or other goods that they publicly endorsed.

This was often the case in the past with television celebrities when a program that the celebrity appeared in was sponsored by a particular company or organization whose name was part of the program's title.

There are two examples that readily come to mind. The first is the General Electric Theater which was hosted by Ronald Reagan on CBS from 1954 until 1962, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). As part of his compensation for appearing on the show, GE furnished his and Mrs. Reagan's home with pretty much everything in their home furnishings line. In addition to his television duties, the future president made personal appearances for the company at trade shows, conferences, and factory locations.

The other example is Bob Hope, who was a similar spokesman for Chrysler automobiles. In this case the program was Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater which, according to the IMDb, appeared on NBC between 1963 to 1967. Also, if you watch his movies made during this period, you will see that Chrysler automobiles are prominent in these productions.

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Post# 989940 , Reply# 6   4/8/2018 at 17:02 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thank you, Darryl. Good to see a post from you.

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