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Famous products back from the dead

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</span><table><colgroup><col style="width:211pt;" width="281" /></colgroup><tbody><tr height="20" style="height:15pt;"><td><span style="font-size:medium;font-face:Calibri;">This July 15, 2013
  file photo shows Twinkies at a store in Gilbert, Ariz.</span></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><p>This July 15, 2013 file photo shows Twinkies at a store in Gilbert, Ariz.</p>

Can't keep a good thing down

In the continuing quest for the novel, shiny new products come to the market as old products slip out of production. Some of those that go are classics you may not have noticed were gone.

The good news is that if they disappear when they are still wanted, and the right person or group takes up the cause, sometimes they come back. There is still room and demand for some of these things from the '40s, '50s and '60s.

Most of the following brands and items that have returned from the dead have benefited from nostalgia, but a few of these are popular with young people who might not even know, or care, that they were designed half a century ago or more. Here are a few of their stories, involving reclaiming family legacies, reviving lost formulas and tracking down old employees to help bring back original manufacturing methods and recipes.

© This July 15, 2013 file photo shows Twinkies at a store in Gilbert, Ariz.

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