20 of the best ads ever from the George Patterson agency

George PattersonIn an industry where new people arrive every day, the greats are sometimes quickly forgotten.

For some, the name GPY&R is these days more associated with WPP’s legal squabble with Pacific Equity Partners. But George Patterson is arguably Australia’s greatest agency ever.

And as next week’s 75th anniversary party approaches next week, the agency has put some of its greatest moments up on YouTube. It’s worth the time checking out this top 20, I promise. They don’t make ’em like that any more…

1. OTC Memories – the first Aussie ad to win the Grand prix at the Cannes Lions


2. Fosters – Paul Hogan


3. National – Abba


4. VB


5. Football, Meatpies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars


6. Shell: Steve McQueen


7. Carlton Draught – The Big Ad


8. Yellow Pages Go Go Mobile


9.  Smith’s chips Gobbledok

10. Schweppes – Burst


11. Colgate Ajax – Steptoe & Son



 12. Colgate – Mrs Marsh


13. Colgate Lemon Charged

14. Optus Power of Yes

15. NAB – Never Lose Sight

16. Twisties

17. Big M (I don’t think they’d get away with this now)

18. VB Boonie

19. AFL History of Australia

20. Olympics – Morocco


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