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Ruff And Reddy Pitch Picture Tubes

Yesterday I appeared on Stu Shostack’s internet radio show. While waiting for our broadcast to begin, I was rummaging through several copies of Stu’s collection of vintage TV Guide back issues. In one 1960 edition, I found two cartoon items of interest. The first was this full page ad for Sylvania television picture tubes featuring radio and TV personality Arthur Godfrey interacting with Hanna Barbera TV stars Ruff and Reddy.

I love it when cartoon stars were used to sell products to adults. This was the same year The Flintstones were sponsored by Winston cigarettes and Mr. Magoo was hawking Stag Beer. And what a great sketch of the characters! An very appealing pose of Ruff — and check out the attitude on Reddy.

As for the second animation item I found in that TV Guide — check back tomorrow.

  • This ad with RUFF ‘N’ REDDY should be part of the package art for an ultimate Hanna Barbera DVD set, on the inner flap or something like that, next to possible episode stills from actual RUFF ‘N’ REDDY cartoons. Great stuff!

  • Doug Drown

    Ruff, Reddy and Arthur Godfrey, all on one page — now, THERE’s a juxtaposition I never thought I’d see.

  • Watch out for the Men from Munimula!

  • Christopher Cook

    Given the crisp lines, I’d hazard a guess that Dick Bickenbach drew Ruff and Reddy.

  • doug holverson

    This makes think of the cartoon where Huckleberry Hound was a TV repairman who had a tube with a really long part number swiped by a dog. Probably started my fondness for long numbers. 40-some years later, I’m wondering about how Huckleberry and the four-legged dog can both be dogs.

  • Joel O’Brien

    Re: The comment by Doug Holverson…”I’m wondering about how Huckleberry and the four-legged dog can both be dogs.”
    For the same reason anvils drop on peoples heads and they walk away unharmed. They’re cartoons, that’s why!

  • OM

    …The real historical gem is the fact that this harkens to a long gone day when a TV set cost a sizeable portion of a family’s yearly income, and upgrading the picture tube – especially a color one – was considered a viable option. Most of you old hands remember TV tube testers in the convenience stores. Can you imagine something like that for today’s computerized LCD TV’s? Not hardly, as the manufacturers want them to be disposable at the drop of a diode so you’ll have to buy a new one instead of getting the old one repaired.

  • Bob

    It would have been even better if they added Julius LaRosa.