Happy Birthday Joseph Barbera, here’s The Flintstones advertising cigs!

Published: 24th Mar, 2009

Winston Cigarettes

Had he not died in 2006, Joseph Barbera would be turning 98 today. He was one half of Hanna-Barbera Productions who brought us such great cartoon characters as Yogi Bear, Top Cat, and Hong Kong Phooey. He was also Michael Jackson’s childhood hero, apparently. We talked long into the evening, eating Cuban food, trying to figure out what to get this hero of animation. It boiled down to a toss up between a selection of fruit curds – with the emphasis on lemon – or an old cigarette advert starring The Flintstones. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Barbera!

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

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