Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mobile Video, Live-Banker Mortgages, Gunless Hunting

Fifty years is only yesterday or ancient history, depending on which ads from 1964 you look at.

Video on the run. In the 1950's Texas Instruments and an Indiana company developed a popular novelty: a little transistor radio. Sony took the idea and ran with it. Now Sony was taking the next step, a portable TV. (You thought mobile viewers didn't start falling off curbs until iPhones came along?)

Live-Banker Mortgages. Five decades ago, private banking aspired to meet the requirements of elite borrowers who didn't always fit the standard mold. Their needs would be evaluated and perhaps met by actual bankers wearing suits. Those days must seem long, long ago to Ben Bernanke, who couldn't talk a computer into refinancing his mortgage.

Gunless hunting. Men with guns were a staple of Chase Manhattan's nest egg ads. But times were changing. Wildlife needed conserving, some said. Chase responded by offering this new age hunter.

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