Pringles Advert Lunch Tube Mystery

Pringles print advert

“I’d like to thank you all for joining us this morning. As you all know, the situation is grave. First we’ll have the minutes from last month and then we’ll move on to this month’s agenda. Oh, hello John, we heard the traffic was bad. Grab a seat. Nice tie… Oh, what’s…?”

“Oh, this? Just my tiny tube of Pringles for lunch. It fits snugly in my breast pocket so I can access it whenever I want.”

“I see. Well I hope you won’t be eating your reconstituted potato snacks while we discuss how a no-deal Brexit will severely impact on our…”


“John, I really don’t think this is the time or place to be…”


“John, seriously, we’re going to have to lay people off. The business will be decimated. 99 years in the industry and we’re facing an existential threat. It’s highly inappropriate to…”


“Put it away at once.”

“I’m sorry it’s just like the advert says once you pop you can’t stop . There, I’ve popped it back in my breast pocket where it belongs now.”

“John I can’t concentrate with the moustachioed face of Julius Pringles peering over the seam of your breast pocket. I really don’t think it’s a good idea…”


“… to put a tiny tube of any potato snacks in the breast pocket of a suit when you’re going to work – in fact I can’t conceive of any situation whatsoever when it might be wise to match a suit jacket with a novelty starch-based snack – whether you intend to eat them for lunch or not!”
“Sorry Anthony. I’ll turn the tube around so Julius isn’t looking at you.”

“Thank you. So the first item on the agenda is the compulsory redundancy of 50% of our workforce…”


Pringles advert

Watch: Vintage UK Pringles advert

Loads Of Amazing Old Print Adverts From The 1980s

I buy old magazines. I love old magazines. As well as being an interesting magazine with lots of good (or rarely less than interesting) writing in them there are images and design that serve to date the mag – like a little time capsule; a snapshot of the precise time they were created.

But there’s more than that. There’s the bits no-one pays attention to when they pick up the magazines. The adverts. Concentrated and contextualised and absorbed 30 years later they’re even more fascinating in providing an insight into how people thought, what they spent their money on and how attitudes have changed.

Adverts for golliwogs, adverts for cigarettes – they seem unthinkable and appalling these days. I’m of an age where I can sincerely state that no-one thought anything of them when I was little. I even remember collecting badges for Golly pinbadges.

Anyway, when I see the old mags I buy them and I read them. The words and pictures are great but it’s the adverts that I love. It’s one of those rare occasions when advertising pleases me. Below are some of my favourites – or some of the adverts I think are significant for some other reason, not all of which are noble.

But as a mark in time that demonstrates how times change they’re fascinating, even rather lovely things. Shorn of their ultimate aim – to make you buy things – they’re intriguing and brilliant cultural artefacts.