Merry Christmas 2023
All of the videos on this page have been processed using artificial intelligence (A.I.) to improve the visual or audio experience. This year, all clips are in a larger format, which has become the standard for nearly all of 2023.
This page will be viewable until about January 2024. I hope you enjoy the videos!
Karen Carpenter Merry Christmas Darling, 1978
I've been posting a version of this clip every year for decades now, as it is one of my top holiday favorites.
Angel In the Christmas Play, 1978
Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Pancakes, 1955
Marlboro Country, 1960s
Christmas Medley, Johnny Mathis 1965
Borden's Egg Nog, 1960
Sleigh Ride, Carpenters 1977
Kodak Brownie Movie Camera, 1959
The source copy of this ad was black-and-white; I don't know if it was originally in color.
TV Ad Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1966
The colors in this copy were so washed out that the clip appeared nearly black-and-white and was filled with debris and scratches. It has been cleaned up, colorized, and the audio is enhanced.
Peter Returns Home, Folgers 1986
Greg Wrangler plays Peter; you can find more about him and this ad at this site (it's an old page, but still accurate). Wrangler is still around, still appearing in television ads and soaps. He's one of those lucky people who get better looking as they age, and that's why we hate him (just kidding).
Copies of this ad elsewhere are mostly blurry and muddled-sounding. We've enhanced both the visual quality and audio on this one.
Bing Crosby White World of Winter, 1965
Crosby often emceed this weekly series throughout the years (Wiki says 31 times, including the very first and very last shows). His most famous episodes, however, were the holiday ones, which included his wife and kids...Americans always looked forward to these holiday specials thoughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Two Oldest Norelco Santas, 1960s
I understand that what you see in these ads is probably as good as the quality gets; I read that the master copies are long gone. Regarding the second version, a substandard version or two is also on that big site; they were lifted from a site I created many years ago.
André Champagne, 1970s
The Christmas Song, Andy Williams 1966
In this clip, Andy's relaxed style, his mom sitting in the background making bows, the fireplace, the Christmas tree...all combined, the warmth of Christmas couldn't be better embraced. I was always fascinated with his ability to hit those high notes, and he does just that near the end of the song.
Miller High Life Christmas Card, 1981
So it is with this beer commercial. I understand that people liked this ad so much, Miller brought it back year after in the 1970s and 1980s. This copy happens to be from Christmas 1981, but it is exactly the same as in previous years.
White Christmas, Last Performance Bing Crosby, 1977
As usual, Bing was in perfect pitch, even though he didn't look healthy (pale skin; mostly expressionless eyes). When recording was done, he mentioned to family that he really enjoyed doing this show, which was filmed in England.
Surprisingly, this show was not recorded in stereo. I've slightly enhanced the audio to suggest stereo without going overboard on the effect.
Dick Van Dyke for Kent Cigarettes, 1965
No doubt, this was a hastily created ad by the actors for one of the holiday airings of the show. No music, silly dialogue, and judging from Rose Marie's pasted-on smile at the end, no interest.
Camel Holiday Carton Cigarettes, 1950s(?)
Scary looking Santa (those eyes...) happily singing the praises of Camel cigarettes as Christmas gifts. What could be more thoughtful? I've colorized this ad, which actually improves the viewing experience...the busy details—in black-and-white—were headache inducing.