Ghost of Christmas Past: Tech TV Ads from Yesteryear

It’s two days before Christmas, and I’m feeling festive. Which is all the reason I need to share some holiday-themed electronics commercials with you. Ho, ho, ho…

Zody’s, whom I’m not familiar with, offered an exciting choice of aftermarket car stereos in 1977: cassette or 8-track!

Santa digs Ms. Pac-Man! (Bonus: Mr. T celebrates Christmas!)

A bad Christmas commercial for possibly the worst video game of all time.

A giant toy robot explains the wonders of the Commodore 64 and Commodore 128.

Let me see if I understand: This kid is literate and capable of creating fancy computer graphics given it’s 1985, and he’s still a believer? Or is the world of Christmas-themed commercials one where everybody’s a believer?

In 1984, phones–even ones worthy of their own commercial–were still corded. Also, the girl in this commercial appears to be a bobby soxer who was cryogenically frozen in 1944 and thawed out four decades later.

Tiny Tim ably announces this Nobody Beats the Wiz spot.

At Circuit City in 1988, the most exciting wall of the store was still chockablock with smallish CRT TVs and VCRs, and “4-head” was one of the most pulse-pounding adjectives in the tech lexicon.

I’m sorry, I simply don’t believe that Santa’s workshop runs Lotus Notes.

No roundup of electronics commercials is complete without this man.

I wonder how Best Buy feels about Sears electronics ads involving friendly staffers in blue polo shirts dispensing advice?

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