Saturday, December 14, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 14, 1999 -- Great Kids' Gifts; For Boss & Team

December 14, 1999: Generic kids' gifts promo, featuring the ever-popular "Toys 16702" image:
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For the PM update, we reworked the office gifts promo for Boss & Team:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Friday, December 13, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 13, 1999 -- Got Presents? Plus Hi-Tech Gifts

December 13, 1999: More gift boxes to start the week, as well as a way overused riff on "Got Milk?"
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For the PM update, we went with high-tech gifts, including an SLR camera (film, no doubt):
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Thursday, December 12, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 12, 1999 -- Back to Classic Gifts

December 12, 1999: Once again, back to classic gifts and another teddy bear:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 11, 1999 -- More Gifts Made Easy

December 11, 1999: For Saturday, we recycled the "Gifts Made Easy" promo:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 10, 1999 -- Ready to Party, Plus Gifts They'll Keep

December 10, 1999: Headling into the weekend, we went with the holiday party theme, featuring a stock art model wearing a little black dress:
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For the PM update, here's our first live screenshot of December: Gifts they'll keep, featuring TV (CRT, of course) and stereo gear. In the My AOL.COM headlines, we see that presidential candidate Senator Bill Bradley got heart treatment for atrial fibrillation (20 years later, we're seeing advertisements for a-fib drugs on TV):
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Monday, December 09, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 9, 1999 -- Gifts With "Taste"; Gifts Made Easy

December 9, 1999: Another missing promo image (Candy 16767) for candy and sweets, along with gourmet delights:
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For the PM update... more gifts made easy. I think this was a straight-up recycle of an earlier promo:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Sunday, December 08, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 8, 1999 -- New Gift Ideas (in an Old Promo)

December 8, 1999: Another generic gift box promo, featuring Nifty Under $50 gifts. It was also red. Also, not sure why, but there was no PM update. Or at least no screenshot:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Saturday, December 07, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 7, 1999 -- Classic Gifts; Gifts for All

December 7, 1999: Week 1 of the December online shopping blitz closed out with classic gifts for kids and teens, featuring a teddy bear:
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For the PM update, went with another generic gifts promo. The photo didn't render; I have penciled in "Gifts 16698," which was an identifier for the bit of stock art. Based on the color scheme, it was blue:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Friday, December 06, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 6, 1999 -- Quick, Easy Gifts; Gifts of Time

December 6, 1999: On the sixth straight day of December shopping promos, we went with kids' toys and gifts for teams and boss:
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For the PM update, we went with watches:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Thursday, December 05, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 5, 1999 -- Different Gifts

December 5, 1999: We went upscale with the gifts, featuring jewelry in the photo spot (then quickly dropped back down with discounts on pet gifts). I think this is the first Sunday promo that wasn't a sports roundup:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 4, 1999 -- Shop From Home

December 4, 1999: And another shopping promo for Saturday!

I note that so far in December, I don't have a live screenshot of the home page; they're all previews. Which probably means that I was canning these promos way in advance. Since they were all shopping promos, it wouldn't have been that hard:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 3, 1999 -- Fresh Gift Ideas; Get Gifts Online

December 3, 1999: On the third day of December, we went with... more gift ideas and online shopping! Ugh, I feel an evergreen promo to copy and paste coming on:
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For the PM update... more gifts. I think we were also in the process of exhausting our supply of gift stock art:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Monday, December 02, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 2, 1999 -- Gifts of Music; Gifts of Gifts

December 2, 1999: At this point, buying music still pretty much meant CDs. (Remember, this was pre-iPod/iTunes):
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For the PM update, we went with another generic gifts promo:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Sunday, December 01, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Dec. 1, 1999 -- Flights From $78; Holiday Values

December 1, 1999: We led off December with more airfare deals, going with a very specific figure of flights from $78 (book by Dec. 15):
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For the PM update, we went with Holiday Values... and we didn't mean anything squishy like charity, forgiveness, or goodwill, but gift ideas:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]