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Repo Man and Suicidal Tendencies were using an actual product brand. The Generic Brand products were meant to be a cheaper alternative to name brand foods. From the New York Times BLACK lettering, usually on a white background, identifies the contents. ''Corn.'' Or ''Peas.'' Or ''Paper Towels.'' Next to the color-splashed packages and well-known brand ...


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Many of these generic products were real in the 1970s and early 1980s, as highlighted in this History's Dumpster blog post and Gone But Not Forgotten Groceries blog post. The 1970s were a era of inflation in the United States, with inflation reaching 12.4% per year by 1980. Generic brands were a response to soaring grocery bills; they were cheaper for ...


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When a production needs a prop and they don't want to ask permission to use a real brand (which will possibly be refused or cost licensing money), they'll use an existing prop from a company that specializes in such items. And thus you see the same newspaper in productions decades apart: The same newspaper has reappeared time and time again throughout the ...


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