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Band Aid

Woman's Own / 20th March 1970

Sigh. An ad from a more innocent time, where the word ‘gang’ could be used without negative connotations, and plasters were sold in metal canisters. I wonder if selling metal canisters nowadays, to be refilled at a chemist, would be a good way to cope with the large amount of card waste that must occur from modern card boxes, although it’s possibly more trouble than it’s worth.

Anyway, the main reason I put this up was because the boys in the ad look rather sweet, and I was taken by the phonetic spelling of ‘thousands’. I’m sure kids used to look cuter in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

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TheLeen on 27 September 2009 @ 12pm

This is a very cute ad.

Beelzebub on 27 September 2009 @ 1pm

The tins used to go rusty in the bathroom. I was allergic to the glue on those fabric plasters (I still am) but the dinner ladies at school used to ignore my protests when I’d cut my knees and I’d end up with big, red itchy lumps around my scabs.

As an aside, M&S have repackaged their ready meals and pies using a similar font to the advert text on the packs – I think it’s harder to read on a multi-coloured background than their existing font.

Morgy on 27 September 2009 @ 2pm

Kids nowadays are little monsters. They don’t have any sort of respect. Not that i’m saying kids in the old days had respect 100% of the time but I remember getting told off for not behaving/not listening to elders. Now they’d just stab you.

Tanya Jones on 27 September 2009 @ 3pm

Cute as they are, I wouldn’t like to think about what the East Lane Gang got up to! In any case, even when an area has problems, it seems to be children who are actually more in danger than the adults.

Rachel on 27 September 2009 @ 3pm

This is the best advert I have ever ever ever seen :D SMALL GINGER GANG LEADERS FTW!

Tanya Jones on 27 September 2009 @ 4pm

You just want to take them all home and give them Findus Crispy Pancakes and chips for tea, don’t you?

Tanya Jones on 27 September 2009 @ 4pm

Oh, and I’d forgotten that those tins were so prone to rusting!

Estelle on 27 September 2009 @ 8pm

Aw, they’re so bash street kids. I wonder if any child still uses a catapult?

Londis on 4 October 2009 @ 6am

“Cute as they are, I wouldn’t like to think about what the East Lane Gang got up to!”

Lord of the Flies in the style of a ladybird adventure book, I reckon. With band aid tins lined up for catapult target practice.

David Charlton on 26 October 2017 @ 4pm

Photo by David Bailey, Lewis flats in Chelsea

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