The first-ever appearance of animated Peanuts characters came in the form of television commercials for the 1960 Ford Falcon. I learned about them in a book titled Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz. To me, Peanuts represents a more innocent time in America, where neighborhood kids played together, were moral in their actions, and even "crabby" kids like Lucy were not evil. Cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, pirates and naval mariners did battle with makeshift weapons and only one ball team at a time won a trophy. My sisters and I rode in basic cars like the Ford Falcon, without the benefit of seat belts, crawling up onto the package shelf in the back to watch the world pass by, standing on our heads in the back seat, and thinking it a privilege to get to ride up front on the rare occasions when Mom was not in the car, too. It takes me back to my boyhood days in the 1960s and 70s when similar activities were a part of life, without all the computer-based activities to compete for precious spare time. Here is my modest Peanuts paraphernalia collection.
These print advertisements were found on the Doug Pratt website.
1960 Ford Falcon TV Advertisement (aired in 1959) Featuring the Peanuts Gang
1960 Ford Falcon TV Advertisement Featuring the Peanuts Gang
1961 Ford Falcon TV Advertisement Featuring the Peanuts Gang
1961 Ford Falcon TV Advertisement Featuring the Peanuts Gang (in color)
1964 Ford Falcon TV Advertisement Featuring the Peanuts Gang
Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form
of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey
through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo,