The 19 Greatest Mascots In History

Allstate MayhemAllstate TV Ad, Jogger Mayhem.

Photo: Screenshot/Allstate

Advertising people from around the country have elected two new mascots to the Madison Avenue Walk of Fame, as part of Advertising Week festivities.This year’s winners were Allstate’s Mayhem and Coca-Cola’s Polar Bears. They join 17 other iconic figures.

Born: 2010

'Dollar for dollar, nobody protects you from mayhem like Allstate.'

Or so says Dennis Haysbert. In the popular commercials, the Mayhem man battles deer and faulty GPS units before ultimately crashing the car.

Source: Chicago Tribune

2011 WINNER: Coca Cola Polar Bears

Born: 1922

The first Polar Bear advertisement appeared in France and has evolved during the following 70 years. Coca-Cola's 'Northern Lights' campaign has become one of the brands most famous, as it introduced the first animated bears.

Source: Coca-Cola

The Geico Caveman

Born: 2004

Not only did they bring you the gecko, GEICO also brought you the caveman.

Source: Geico

Serta Sheep

Born: 2001

After a nearly sleepless night spent counting sheep, an advertising executive approached Serta about turning his struggles into a commercial.

Source: Serta

The AFLAC Duck

Born: 1999

Aflac Duck has become so popular, he has his own Facebook page and Twitter handle.


The GEICO Gecko

Born: 1999

The British reptile was created in honour of the fact that GEICO was often pronounced as gecko. Actor Kelsey Grammer originally voiced in the gecko in his first commercials.

Source: Geico

The AOL Running Man

Born: 1996

The AOL Running Man became the icon for the Internet provider's email and AIM options. He was inducted into the Walk of Fame in 2009.

Source: AOL

Chick-fil-A Cows

Born: 1995

The cows who encourage eating chicken began their crusade when one of the three painted the words 'EAT MOR CHIKIN' on a billboard. The cows even have an appreciation day, with 2011 marking the seventh year of the tradition.

Source: Chik-fil-a

The Kool-Aid Man

Born: 1975

The Pitcher Man, Kool-Aid Man's predecessor, was created in 1954. He morphed into the Kool-Aid Man when Kraft Foods created his arms and legs.

Source: Wikipedia

Vlasic Stork

Born: 1974

The pickle-craving stork, an animal known for delivering babies, was chosen as the mascot played off the popular notion that pregnant women love pickles.

Source: Vlasic

Orville Redenbacher

Born: 1970

Orville Redenbacher began his popcorn legacy in 1970. Redenbacher used only red, white, black, and yellow for his company logo.

Source: Orville Redenbacher

The Pillsbury Doughboy

Born: 1965

The Pillsbury Doughboy, who's actually named Poppin' Fresh, made his first TV run from 1965 to 2004. The mascot's famous giggle was first voiced by Paul Frees.


Juan Valdez

Born: 1959

After the ad's success, Valdez came to represent the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia.

Source: About.com

Colonel Sanders

Born: 1955

Kentucky Fried Chicken's mascot is a replica of Colonel Hardland Sanders, the fast food chain's founder. Sanders began developing the chicken franchise in 1955.

Source: KFC

Mr. Peanut

Born: 1950s

Mr. Peanut represents Planters peanuts.

Source: Planters

Tony the Tiger

Born: 1950s

He's the reigning mascot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes.


M&M's

Born: 1941

One of the country's most famous candies now comes in a variety of colours and flavours. The spokescandies disbanded for a while but reunited in 2011.

Source: Wikipedia

The Budweiser Clydesdales

Born:1933

The horses are raised at Grant's Farm near St. Louis, Mo., and six hitches travel the country promoting Anheuser-Busch.

The Michelin Man

Born: 1898

The puffy tire salesman was first created by the Michelin brothers. Since his creation, Bibendum has gone through quite a few costume changes, including wearing pince-nez glasses with a lanyard and smoking a cigar.

Source; Michelin

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