Don Knotts and Andy Griffith - it didn't get too much more Americana than this.

Andy Griffith And Don Knotts Pitch Sanka – 1960

Don Knotts and Andy Griffith – it didn’t get too much more Americana than this.

Not necessarily a tribute as much as a reminder of just how much of an institution Andy Griffith was in the America of the early 1960’s. At a time when the looming horrors of Cold War, and pessimistic reports of our place on the planet had us growing ever more uneasy over the future, the simple charm and humor of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, the resurgence of Folk Music and an examination of the less complicated life proved to be an ointment on the frequent and painful outbreaks of uncertainty.

And so it would only be natural to have Andy Griffith and Don Knotts promote Sanka Coffee; probably the best known and marketed of the decaffeinated coffee brands. Here are two radio commercials they did in 1960, when Sanka was sponsoring the Andy Griffith Show and when America needed a dose of calm.

Something that’s still in short supply.

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