The Flintstones made their television premier in 1960. It was the same year that Miles Laboratories, owners of 1-A-Day vitamins introduced “Chocks”, the first chewable vitamins for kids. It was a good idea, but kids were somewhat reluctant to take their vitamins until eight years later, when Fred and Wilma Flintstone and Barney Rubble, but not Betty made their health debut in 1968 as Flintstones Vitamins.
Of course, the boys wanted to eat “boy vitamins” and girls wanted “girl vitamins” so there were the usual disagreements over who got what when taking the tablets.
Where’s Betty Rubble?
In the beginning, Betty was not included in the cast of vitamin characters because her waist was too thin and the manufacturer was afraid she would break in half.
We did a little measuring and discovered that if Fred’s waistline was 46 inches, Barney had a 42 inch waist, Wilma 11 inches and Betty’s waistline was only 9 inches.
The Flintstone’s car rounded out the original vitamin mix. But in 1995, after a telephone poll Bayer (the new owner of the vitamins removed the car and let Betty reunite with her husband and friends.
Fred and Barney. Beer and Cigarettes.
While the Flintstones cast was popping into the mouths of children as vitamins, Winston and Busch beer got their share of attention, too as Fred and Barney pitched those products on national television.
And in case you wondered, here are the people behind the voices of the famous cast of the Flintstones
Fred Flintstone – Alan Reed
Wilma Flintstone/Pebbles Flintstone – Jean Vander Pyl
Barney Rubble – Mel Blanc; Daws Butler (season 2; episodes 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9 only)
Betty Rubble – Bea Benaderet (seasons 1–4); Gerry Johnson (seasons 5–6)
Bamm-Bamm Rubble/Hoppy/Arnold – Don Messick
Dino – Mel Blanc
Mr. Slate – John Stephenson
Mrs. Slaghoople – Verna Felton and Janet Waldo
The Great Gazoo – Harvey Korman
-Cast info, Wikipedia
Early Flintstones Vitamin Commercial, 1960s
Fred and Barney for Winston cigarettes
The Flintstones and Busch beer