Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Retro Mall Video - Robert Hall Fashion Centers

Robert Hall commercial (1970s)

Here's a very groovy retro TV commercial for Maryland area Robert Hall Family Fashion Centers. Really captures that swanky vintage retail vibe perfectly. And dig that great Robert Hall song jingle muzak in the background! Ah, bliss...


Blogger Cora said...

Odd how the man's suit only gets a drawing while the woman's coat gets a photo. That said, my Mom actually had a coat like that, approx. 1975. Though hers was purple.

And by the way, whatever happened to Dacron? I haven't heard the term used in ages.

Wed Mar 07, 08:19:00 AM  
Blogger CJ of NJ said...

The lyrics to tht song were, "where the values go up, up, up... and the prices go down, down, down...

Wed Mar 07, 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

Love the lady's coat???

I wondered not only why the man's suit was just a drawing but why did it not look 1970s-ish to me?

Sat Mar 10, 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

I love old commercials!

Sat Mar 10, 07:09:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

You're right, the drawing of the man's suit certainly looks older than the commercial. In fact, it looks very much like catalog illustrations from the 1940s I've seen. So why was Robert Hall advertising suits that looked 20 to 30 years out of date, while their women's fashions were very much up to date?

Sat Mar 10, 09:16:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

Cora, the suit does look like something from the forties. This is why I was confused as to why it was on sale in a commercial for the 1970s.

Mon Mar 12, 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger eric said...

Between Waldorf and La Plata, geez by the 70s that area may have been getting into the 40s. Not far from DC, but to this day that area is pretty rural and somewhat backward. Some great thrift stores though!
I hadn't thought about Robert Hall's in years, this ad is great.

Wed Mar 14, 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger JM said...

Great clip, I had forgotten about Robert Hall, just like most of their customers apparently did as well. But it also makes me remember another retailer from the same era, Mary McIntosh Cleaners, who had these bizarre tartan plaid colored buildings and sign boards. I can't find anything good on the web on that one though.

Fri Mar 16, 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger Kitten wtw said...

I want that coat!

Tue Mar 20, 08:08:00 PM  

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