I was thinking, most ad lists showcase the "best" or most "creative" ads.
What id like to do is show you a few of the ads that inspired me to want to follow and eventually be in advertising.
They aren't necessarily good ads from a creative or effectiveness point of view, but they are ones that made me think, were relevant to me at the time, made me go and try a product, or just made me interested in advertising as a medium.
Maxell - Israelites
This (and the version using Into the Valley) were great ads. They got the message across but were witty and absorbing.
Milton - Lines
I've never seen this since about the age of 4-5. It was for milton sterile fluid, and involved a red line covering the surfaces to imply cleanliness. It creeped me out as a kid, and i've never been able to find it again to disprove it creepiness. If any recalls it in better detail id love to know!
It was probably the first ad I can remember seeing, yet I still understood the message!
Ariston - And on and on
Again, I cannot find this anywhere, sorry. It was from the mid-late 80s, and had lots of moving appliances or house items, and has the song "On and on and Ariston" behind it. This ad was probably not on for long, but I still remembered Ariston as a washing machine brand name for 10 years without EVER seeing an Ariston branded product. Thats some effective recall!
I plan to update this later, but id love to hear what ads inspired you to get involved with advertising...