As a reasonably astute child (or, more likely, as a big fan), I didn’t need a newspaper to tell me when to tune in to watch Huckleberry Hound or Quick Draw McGraw. But with other kids, TV stations didn't take any chances.
Our roving correspondent, Billie Towzer, has again roved the internet to find pictures of things relating to the earliest H-B cartoons, and among them are a couple of ads for two of the syndicated shows. I don’t know whether Hanna-Barbera paid for these, or whether the stations coughed up the money; there’s no mention of Kellogg’s, so I don't know if it was somehow involved. The Quick Draw ad must have been done by someone at the studio’s publicity department or we would be looking at a very bad tracing or some stock model sheet poses that have been posted here before.
Do they still make colouring books today? I keep thinking that the stuff I had or saw as a five-year-old is too low-tech for kids today. Nonetheless, here’s the cover of an Augie Doggie colouring book from 1963 by Watkins Strathmore.
To show you that almost everything is on the internet, HERE is a link to another Augie book by the same company from a year later. It even has all the pages that you can click on to enlarge.
Who wouldn’t want to have a Huck bowl and Yogi milk mug? Made from genuine plastic. And for only 50 cents! Clip this coupon and send away, kids. Oh, make sure you the box-top from you-know-what-company’s cereal. Yogi looks a little stunned, like the alien-as-Yogi in Space Bear.
You’ll notice the ad refers to Kellogg’s Variety Pack. Seems to me we never bought them that often, probably because there was at least one cereal in them no one ate. Post made the same sort of thing, if I recall. Here are a couple of little boxes from a Variety Pack. Poor Huck gets the obscure cereal. I don’t remember it at all.
Birthday party stuff seems to have been a big seller for Hanna-Barbera. Napkins, plates (which quite justifiably featured the ever-popular Yowp), tableclothes and, as you see below, wrapping paper. Jinksie looks confused that he’s hanging in mid-air. And to think kids ripped this apart to get their present.
My thanks to Billie for finding all this. We’ll have more in future posts.