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Flavour of New Zealand

NZ popular culture 1960 onward

Remember these

Some items of kiwiana that existed, died out, or arrived in the years since 1960. Click an item from the box below.

K-tel Products

In the spring of 1962, I returned to Winnipeg and came to the realization that instead of demonstrating to a few people at one time, I could try television, where I would demonstrate to masses of people all at once. I made a live 5- minute T.V. commercial on a tephlon non-stick fry pan. To my surprise, sales took off at a remarkable pace. I quickly spread the T.V. advertising throughout Canada and this 5 minute commercial became the world's first infomercial ever…By Christmas I had sold one million knives and netted a dollar a knife. All I did was sell the product into the store and buy the television time. After the difficulties of farming, I couldn't believe how easy this was. By the end of 1965, Seymour Propeil, said to me that he would not sell me any more products as I was getting "too big". That was when I was forced to find and develop my own products. Consequently, I entered the music business.

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Article by founder, Philip Kives. Images courtesy of colin171, gemmy6, suzkep, greatgran7, merlyn1, lollypop28; Trademe traders