Story: Advertising

Abel's Supermarket, 1961

Abel's Supermarket, 1961

Supermarkets began to appear in New Zealand suburbs in the late 1950s. Products were now displayed on open shelves, as can be seen in this supermarket – with owner Edwin Abel and his son Len proudly showing off their new premises in Hillcrest, Hamilton. Shoppers made their own choices from the range displayed, and brand recognition became important in their decision making. Promoting the brand became crucial to a product’s success. This was achieved through large displays, such as the giant Edmonds baking powder tin shown here, but even more through television and radio advertising.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Foodstuffs (Auckland) Ltd Collection
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Jock Phillips, 'Advertising - Television advertising', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010