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January 2005

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MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2005

Red Alert, 1942

A White truck en route to a defense plant in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2005

Newest Buick Yet

If there's a Car Heaven, that's where the 1957 Buick is, twirling for all eternity under the colored lights.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2005

The New Futuramics!

They're here! They're new! They're both Futuramic! Two sparkling new Oldsmobiles  . . .  rolling forward into '49. Upper left, the Futuramic "76"  . . .  with Fisher's newest body, panoramic vision, plus a remarkable new "Big Six" Engine. And out in front, a newly styled Futuramic "98" . . . with that revolutionary new "ROCKET" Engine you've heard so much about. Combined with GM's Hydra-Matic Drive, the "Rocket's" performance is so smooth, silent, and spirited, you've got to try it to believe it! Your Oldsmobile dealer invites you to inspect the new Futuramics—examine the new "Rocket"—experience "The New Thrill!"

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2005

Oldsmolokai

At the party pavilion with the 1961 Oldsmobile and all the makings for a lulu of a luau: ukulele, tux, a nice lei.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2005

FOOD-O-MAT

The Food-O-Mat, a grocery merchandising concept used up until the mid-1960s, was an alternative to the freestanding aisle shelf. The wall of gravity-feed ramps could be continuously replenished from behind by unseen stock clerks, with the cans automatically falling into place. The first Food-O-Mat was installed in a Grand Union store in East Paterson, New Jersey, in 1945. Pictured: A 1959 American Stores installation at the Acme Market, Nottingham Plaza Shopping Center in Syracuse, New York. Architects: John Young Associates, Montreal.

1959: A Space Odyssey

Frank Tinsley's depiction of a moon base for the Arma division of American Bosch Arma Corporation, a long-defunct aeronautics firm that was big defense contractor at the dawn of the space age.

Exploring Titan

Another Tinsley illustration for American Bosch Arma from 1959, showing astronauts as they prepare to descend to Saturn's moon Titan, in the news recently because of the Cassini-Huygens space mission. Earlier this month the Huygens lander sent back some amazing photos from Titan.

Submarine Train

Vanadium Corporation of America's vision of oceangoing freight as transported with atomic submarine barges and illustrated by Jo Kotula, from 1959.

MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2005

Tint City

The Jersey meadows—fragile wetlands ecosystem? Not in 1960, if you were the Vanadium Corporation of America. The painting by Jo Kotula (1910-1998, who for many years was cover illustrator for Model Airplane News) is one of a series of futuristic renderings commissioned by Vancoram for an ad campaign that ran from 1958 to 1960. Vancoram was a major player in the early nuclear industry, with uranium mines in Utah near Marysvale. In 1967 the company merged with Foote Mineral, which inherited a $75 million lawsuit brought against VCA by the widows and children of 31 miners who had died of lung cancer contracted as a result of breathing radioactive dust and gas. They settled in 1985 for $1.1 million.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2005

Binary Stars

From a May 1960 ad, the Lockheed JetStar "corporate-size jetliner," available for delivery in 1961, was the first private jet. Next to it is the 1960 Lincoln; the roof looks like the one on the Hess & Eisenhardt Continental Mark V formal sedans, but that car that was offered only in black.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 2005

Red Hot

Another selection from the 1952 Oldsmobile brochure.

The New Rockets

The cover of the 1952 Oldsmobile catalog. Olds promotional literature from the early '50s has some of the best ad art of the decade.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2005

Errand of Marcy

Backing up your drive, circa 1952.

Fifty Two Ninety Eight

Your grandfather's Oldsmobile. (Also pictured: Grandma)

End of the Road

Oldsmobile's final page.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2005

Lighter Than Air

The Goodyear Zeppelin at the Akron "Dock" in a colorful rendering from 1930.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2005

Big Oil

International incident: Industry & Labor meet Boy & Dog.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005

Number 2 for Takeoff

An illustration for Buick Motor Division from the studios of Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman, at the start of their decades-long partnership with GM. The first four years were spent doing illustrations for the Kudner Agency, which had the Buick advertising account until it was booted by General Motors in 1957. From 1958 until the mid-1970s Fitz and Van did Pontiac ads, starting with the 1959 cars. In between Buick and Pontiac they illustrated GM's 50th anniversary catalog for 1958.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2005

The Comet, 1936

Across the horizon of modern high-speed travel has flashed a new luminary—the "Comet" of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. This ultramodern streamline flyer meets a mile-a-minute schedule daily over the 44-mile Boston-Providence run. Two 400-horsepower Westinghouse-Diesel engines, with direct-connected generators, transmit current to the Westinghouse motors which drive the three-car "Comet" over the flying rails.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2005

Yesterday's Tomorrow Today

Your father's Oldsmobile: Selections from the 1954 sales brochure.

Big Day at the Orphanage

You see them at the leaf-strewn crossroads  . . .  their small freckled faces radiant with wonder as they watch America-on-wheels come sweeping down the highway  . . .  These are the severest judges—the roadside Critics—playing their favorite wishing game. And they'd trade their first pair of long trousers for a ride in the new 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr—the car that looks like a dream in motion  . . .  Step into a Lincoln-Zephyr showroom and arrange to drive one of these magnificent new models yourself! You'll be as thrilled as the snub-nosed little boy who leans against the picket fence and wishes  . . .  fervently  . . .  he were you.

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