Funny Face Ads
  In the many years that Pillsbury produced Funny Face, they often turned to advertising to promote the drink mix and generate interest. Many of the early ads deal with contests to win special Funny Face items but as time progressed the ads tended more towards premium offers that could be redeemed by sending in proofs of purchase and a nominal cash sum. The main place that ads were run was in the Sunday comics sections of the newspaper. This was probably the most effective avenue of promotion other than offers on the actual packs. The second and significantly less used publication was Jack and Jill magazine which had Funny Face ads in 1965, 1967 and 1968. Other children's magazines from this time period may have also run ads for Funny Face but I have as of yet I have only come across one from Golden Magazine.

  Other ads include one from Life magazine taken out by the company that actually produced the Funny Face packaging material. This 1964 ad hypes the virtues of Crown Hygro-Gard paper which moisture sealed the packs and is brought to you by Grace Chemicals. I have also listed ads for the Thirst Fighters and Moo Juice which were other Pillsbury drink mixes.

SUNDAY COMICS SECTIONS ADS


New Funny Face

     
  • Date: July 1964
  • Description: Goofy Grape is making a pitcher of Goofy Grape with the rest of the original six Funny Face characters as packages.
  • Size: Full page ad.

Win Your Own "Funny Face" Drink Stand

     
  • Date: May 1965
  • Description: Contest to win one of 10,000 cardboard Funny Face Drink Stand.
  • Size: Full page ad.

Win Your Own "Funny Face" Wrist Watch

     
  • Date: July 1965
  • Description: Contest to win one of 10,000 Goofy Grape watches.
  • Size: Full page and half page ads.

Win A Funny Face Drink Stand

     
  • Date: May 1966
  • Description: > Contest to win one of 10,000 cardboard Funny Face Drink Stands.
  • Size: Half page ad

Win Your Own "Funny Face" Fun House

     
  • Date: June 1966
  • Description: Contest to win one of 5,000 vinyl red and white Fun Houses.
  • Size: Full page ad.

Funny Face Drinks Record Special

     
  • Date: September 1966
  • Description: Order the Goofy Grape Sings record for $.50 and one pack.
  • Size: Third page ad

Pillsbury's New Moo Juice

     
  • Date: December 1966
  • Description: This ad introduces Pillsbury's chocolate and strawberry milk shake mix Moo Juice.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Win 2 of Your Own "Funny Face" Walkie Talkies

     
  • Date: May 1967
  • Description: Contest to win one pair of 5,000 Loud Mouth Lime Walkie Talkies.
  • Size: Half page ad

Pillsbury Presents "The Thirst Fighters"

     
  • Date: May 1967
  • Description: This ad introduces the Thirst Fighters as a drink mix oriented towards adults.
  • Size: Half page ad.

New "Funny Face" Contest

     
  • Date: July 1967
  • Description: Coloring contest with 2,500 boys winning a Major Matt Mason set and 2,500 girls win a Barbie house.
  • Size: Full and half page ads.

Get a Letter From Your Favorite "Funny Face" Friend

     
  • Date: September 1967
  • Description: Get a funny letter from any one of the seven current Funny Face characters and the 16 page Fun Book for 2 cut out package faces.
  • Size: Half page ad

Free Funny Face Mugs!

     
  • Date: April 1969
  • Description: Order the Goofy Grape, Choo Choo Cherry, Lefty Lemon-Lime and Freckle Face Strawberry mugs for 7 packs.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Free Funny Face Mugs!

     
  • Date: August 1969
  • Description: Smaller version of the April ad.
  • Size: Sixth page ad.

Free From Funny Face Hot Wheels

     
  • Date: October 1969
  • Description: Order four different Hot Wheels cars for 8 packs.
  • Size: Half page ad

Free Funny Face Mugs

     
  • Date: April 1970
  • Description: Order the new Loud Mouth Punch and Jolly Olly Orange mugs in addition to the original four mugs for 7 presweetened or 14 unsweetened packages.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Put the squeeze on us for free "Funny Face"

     
  • Date: July 1970
  • Description: Promotion with Union 76 were you could get a free Funny Face pack with a fill up.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Get a Funny Face Pillow!

     
  • Date: October 1970
  • Description: Order a Choo Choo Cherry, Goofy Grape, Lefty Lemon or Freckle Face Strawberry pillow for $1 and 5 presweetened or 10 unsweetened packages.
  • Size: Sixth page ad.

Free Funny Face Walker Toys

     
  • Date: April 1971
  • Description: Order the Goofy Grape, Jolly Olly Orange, Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry and Choo Choo Cherry walkers for 7 presweetened or 14 unsweetened packs.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Free Funny Face Walker Toys

     
  • Date: 1971
  • Description: Smaller version of the April 71 ad.
  • Size: Sixth page ad.

Fly a Free Funny Face Kite

     
  • Date: April 1972
  • Description: Get a free Goofy Grape kite for 3 presweetened or 7 unsweetened packs at the grocery store or by sending for it.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Get a folding Bike from Funny Face

     
  • Date: April 1973
  • Description: Order a Bianchi folding bike for $55 and 15 packs.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Get a Folding Bike from Funny Face

     
  • Date: June 1973
  • Description: Order a Bianchi folding bike for $55 and 5 packs.
  • Size: Third page ad

Free Funny Face Mugs

     
  • Date: April 1974
  • Description: Order all eight mugs including With It Watermelon and Rudy Tutti Frutti for 5 packs.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Free Funny Face Decals

     
  • Date: April 1975
  • Description: Order eleven different Funny Face iron ons for 3 packs or one label.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Hey Kids, Here's a Super Backpack Offer from Goofy Grape and Me!

     
  • Date: August 1975
  • Description: Order a backpack with the Doughboy and Goofy Grape for $1.95, a cookie label and 3 packs.
  • Size: Half page ad.

Drink Funny Face and get free iron-on decals.

     
  • Date: April 1976
  • Description: Order eleven different iron-ons for 3 packs or 1 label.
  • Size: Third page ad.

Funny Face could be your ticket to the Movies

     
  • Date: June 1976
  • Description: Movie admission refund of up to $1.25 for 3 packs or 1 label.
  • Size: Third page ad

OTHER ADS


How to Keep Funny Face Dry So It Will Taste Great Wet

     
  • Location: Life Magazine
  • Date: 1964
  • Description: This ad pictures six original characters, three on packs and the others in the background.
  • Size: Full page ad.

"Funny Face" Cutout Mask

     
  • Location: Jack And Jill
  • Date: October 1965
  • Description: Cut out mask of Goofy Grape for Halloween.
  • Size: Full page ad.

Win 2 of Your Own "Funny Face" Walkie Talkies

     

    Location: Jack And Jill

  • Date: June 1967
  • Description: Contest to win one pair of 5,000 Loud Mouth Lime Walkie Talkies
  • Size: . Two page centerspread.

Goofy Grape's Crossword Puzzle

     
  • Location: Jack And Jill
  • Date: July 1967
  • Description: Send in a filled out crossword puzzle and receive a Goofy Grape Pen Pal Letter.
  • Size: Full page ad.

New "Funny Face" Contest

     
  • Location: Jack And Jill
  • Date: August 1967
  • Description: Coloring contest with 2,500 boys winning a Major Matt Mason set and 2,500 girls win a Barbie house
  • Size: Two page centerspread

Dear Goofy Grape

     
  • Location: Unknown
  • Date: c. 1967
  • Description: Ad with a kid writing a letter to Goofy Grape.
  • Size: Full page ad

Are You Over 4 Years Old And Still Not In Business For Yourself?

     
  • Location: Jack And Jill
  • Date: June 1968
  • Description: Order a Funny Face Drink Stand for $3.75 and 5 packs, Goofy Grape and Choo Choo Cherry Pillows for $1.25 and 5 packs or the Funny Face Fun 'n Games book for $.50 and 5 packs.
  • Size: Full page ad

Are You Over 4 Years Old And Still Not In Business For Yourself?

     
  • Location: Jack And Jill
  • Date: July 1968
  • Description: Same ad as June 1968.
  • Size: Full page ad

Here's A Kit To Help You Remind Mom To Get "Funny Face"

     
  • Location: Jack And Jill
  • Date: August 1968
  • Description: A page of cut outs to help to remember to buy Funny Face.
  • Size: Full page ad

Here's A Kit To Help You Remind Mom To Get "Funny Face"

  • Location: Golden Magazine
  • Date: August 1968
  • Description: The same ad as the Aug. '68 Jack & Jill ad.
  • Size: Full page ad from Golden Magazine.

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