You might know that one of my esoteric interests is classic television. It has been for a very long time. I’ve been looking at vintage TV video online since well before YouTube existed. In those days, sharing video online was hard, and expensive. It was also challenging to find classic TV online using Lycos, and then AltaVista, the search engines I preferred before Google came along.
One of the sites I found was called ClassicTVAds.com. The site owner personally found and restored film of old television advertising from the 1950s to the 1970s. It was a treasure trove.
He also ran two sister sites: RoadOde.com, which contained video clips of the Carpenters from their 1970s TV specials. I’m a big Carpenters fan! The final site was MargaretHamilton.com, a fan site to the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
When YouTube came along, people started stealing these sites’ videos and uploading them there. The site owner kept asking visitors not to do that, but a man can take being ignored for only so long. By about 2012 he’d had enough; he took his sites down. Going to any of his URLs redirected you to YouTube with the search keywords “old commercials.” Today, those URLs go nowhere.
The other day on YouTube, ironically, I came upon a brief interview with Margaret Hamilton. I’m not sure what made me do it, but I opened a new tab and typed MargaretHamilton.com.
Glory be, that fellow put a new fan site up, with many of his former movie clips restored and a few new ones added. Check it out here: MargaretHamilton.com.