McDonald's '1955' by DDB Oslo

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McDonald’s is introducing a new 1955 burger Nordic region in Europe, named for the year its first restaurant opened in Des Plaines, with three documentary style commercials from DDB Oslo.

The campaign, also called "1955," pays tribute to the iconic brand’s beginnings through the recollections of original customers and employees.

DDB Oslo, which conducted the search in the US for the chain’s first customers and employees, found Glen Volkman, one of McDonald’s first customers on opening day, April 15, 1955, with the help of Facebook.

The agency then located Lester Stein, Jr., who worked for founder Ray Kroc in 1955. From there, the agency tracked down two of the chain’s first regulars: Debra Arnolds and Shirley Wigodner.

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Released: 28 April 2011

Creative in this campaign:



Shaun Russell

Senior Marketing Director, Nordic Region


Carolina Wendels

Nordic Program Manager

Creative Director
Stefan Gustafsson

Creative Team
Torkild Jarnholt and Julian Hagemann

Nordic Strategy Director
Christian Budtz

Account Director
Hans Petter Stub

Account Director Nordics
Christian Budtz

Account Manager
Silje Linge


Jeanette Yttermann

Agency Film Producer
Cyril Boije


Produced by Mikael Flodell at Flodell Film and directed by Nådde Hanson

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