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PASTELOGRAM is named in honor of the poet Marianne Moore, who was commission- ed by Ford Motor Co. in the 1950s to come up with names for its new mid-priced car. Among her suggestions: “Pastelogram,” “Turco- tinga,” “Silver Sword,” “Resilient Bullet,” “Utopian Turtletop” and the especially cryptic “Mongoose Civique.” Ford declined to use any of these and instead went with “Edsel.” The rest is history.



WE’VE HAD LOTS
of requests asking the Curator: “You’re so darn modest, we don’t know much about you. How about posting a picture or some biographical info? And have I told you about the time I was abducted by aliens?” Well, you get the idea. So here’s a little about our history.

FUN A LA MODE
The old Patent Office applications in the PatentRoom are a soft- serve lesson in history. New on the menu: Tees.


 

COME FLY WITH ME
The early aircraft designs on view at AdventureLounge will take you back, though maybe not all in one piece.



THE ART of Josh Agle. Martinis, girls, guns. Think James Bond meets Jetsons at a tiki bar in Palm Springs.



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PRELINGER ARCHIVE
CAR MANUAL PROJECT
AVOCADO MEMORIES
TV LAMPS
KITTY GIRL VINTAGE
IMPERIAL CLUB
1950s CARS IN NORWAY
WALTER MILLER
McLELLAN’S
IMAGINARY WORLD
RAY PATIN STUDIOS
LILEKS I.O.O.C.
SHAG ART
BUICKS.NET
PALACE OF CULTURE
KING OF THE ROAD
BROCHURES ON EBAY
STARBURST
FRANCISCAN OASIS
FRANCISCAN TRIO
SILVER PINE
SOCIETY of
   ILLUSTRATORS

ADVENTURELOUNGE
HOOKED ON JUICE
PATENTROOM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2007

The Big Chill

From 1952, may we present Miss Grace Kelly and family. Well, it could be.

 

Schmaltz? Art? Schmart!

“Mommy says you’re safe when you use Johnson & Johnson.”

A 1950 illustration by Gladys Rockmore Davis, whose schmaltzy tykes presaged Margaret Keane’s saucer-eyed urchins a decade later and the anime waifs of today. Available in our Gift Shoppe.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2007

Boat House Deluxe: 1962

Reminiscent of sailing ships past, this contemporary “crow’s nest” summer home gives this couple an unusual lookout from which to plot a course of summer fun. The entertainment center: stereo hi-fi, TV, FM/AM and FM stereo radio in a room divider from Motorola’s Designer and Decorator Collection — specially designed pieces you’ll find only in the fine-furniture department of leading stores and salons. If fine furniture is just as important to you as stereo hi-fi sound, you’ll particularly appreciate Motorola’s exclusive Drexel models. These unique pieces combine authentic Drexel craftsmanship with features like the Vibrasonic System that adds reflected sound energy to recorded music  . . .

Motorola’s “lively art of electronics” campaign started off in 1961 showing the company’s televisions and hi-fi equipment in a variety of architectural fantasies conjured by Charles Schridde. By 1962 the settings had dropped their patio-in-the-sky futurism in favor of themed motifs that, if not more down-to-earth, were at least down-to-shore. (Those TVs you can hang on the wall like a picture? Still a year or two away, darn it.)

 

Coke in Cuba: 1958

Apparently there is something universally right about the special appeal of Coca-Cola to human tastes and thirsts. In more than 100 countries, the taste of Coke is so well liked, the good taste of Coke so well recognized, that over 58 million times each day someone, somewhere, enjoys Coca-Cola  . . .

The words above, written in 1958, are still applicable today even if the venue (“famous Varadero Beach”) isn’t, Castro’s revolution having swept Cuba by the end of the year. Artist unknown.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2007

Preferred Around the World

Honored by Doctors of Motors, America's expert mechanics, who actively express their piston ring preference by installing millions of Perfect Circles every year. Illustrated: GX Steel Oil Ring, one of 62 types of Perfect Circles  . . .

A 1950 illustration by John Howard for Perfect Circle piston rings. We have to wonder if they also made planetary gears.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2007

American as Apple Pie

We’re all living with plastics today! Nation-wide enthusiasm has elevated versatile, colorful and economical plastics to key materials that brighten modern living. Yes, in national acceptance, plastics are as American as apple pie! Across the land, Americans welcome the friendly touch plastics give to daily living. STYRON (Dow Polystyrene) is transforming numerous practical housewares into exciting new beauties, leads the parade in toyland  . . .

A super-terrific 1950 illustration for Dow Chemical by Artist Unknown. Everything’s plastic but the pie. And probably the kid.

 

Schadenfreude Fred

The eye-catching first panel of a comic-style ad for Bostitch staplers from 1950. Click here for the entire sordid story. (The kicker: “Go buy yourself a new hat.”)

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2007

Where on Earth Could You Find Such Service?

You feel a genuine friendliness when a TWA hostess smiles “hello,” and sense relaxation as soon as you settle in your TWA Constellation seat. Guest-of-honor attention anticipates your needs, caters to every wish and satisfies your new-found appetite with a meal you’ll talk about for days! Yes, you’ll like your trip by TWA Constellation. Where on earth could you find such service?

The last time we flew, we were treated to a two-course meal: pretzel followed by a plastic cup of warm ginger ale.

 

Chevrolet Trucks Deliver the Goods

When shipments are RUSH and the terminal is roaring — count on Chevrolet trucks to deliver the goods. These rugged haulers move more loads, cover more roads, than any other trucks in America. The dependable, businesslike way they get jobs done makes them the No. 1 Carriers for a nation on the move!

Below we present the left half of a giant illustration by Peter Helck of the 1952 line of Chevrolet medium-duty trucks.

 

Dollar for Dollar, You Can’t Beat a Pontiac

A great Dual-Range Performer with Spectacular Power and Economy! This 1952 Pontiac ragtop was among the last GM cars with a two-piece windshield.

 

Better Baking Through Chemistry

At school or at home, prospects were never brighter for the junior miss learning to preside over a kitchen of her own. What a world of wonderful new things for her to study — appliances and housewares galore  . . .  time-saving, work-saving, more beautiful than ever before! And especially remarkable are the serviceable, colorful plastics which are so much a part of modern living — not only in the kitchen but throughout the home. The story of plastics, in housewares and appliances, furnishings and fabrics, is a story of fabulous new raw materials, and the molders and fabricators who use them. To this growing plastics industry, Dow supplies Styron (Dow polystyrene), saran, Styrofoam — and many basic chemicals such as phenol, styrene, vinyl chloride  . . .

A colorful mid-century kitchen tableau, set amid the first faint stirrings and beatings and whirrings of the Tupperware era.

 

Have a C-C-Coke

This frosty scene, which might at first look like a Christmastime ad, appeared in August 1952, when a bottle of Coke was the next best thing to air conditioning.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2007

There’s a New “Who’s Who” of the Highway

You are not alone when you admire the picture below. Because never before has any car won such instant acclaim as the Nash Golden Airflyte — already the choice of thousands of distinguished Americans! Here you see beauty that is entirely new  . . .  the swift, clean, continental styling of Pinin Farina, world’s most famous custom designer. Look inside. You’ll find the widest seats  . . .

The 1952 Nash Ambassador Custom Golden Airflyte motoring briskly along the road to oblivion. Overlooking Oblivion Boulevard: Fallingwater with curves.

 

A Studebaker Truck Stands Out

A Studebaker truck stands out in looks and gas saving. Check the record. Talk with owners. Find out how impressively Studebaker trucks are cutting costs in all kinds of handling. Hundreds of thousands of sturdy Studebakers are rolling up amazing savings constantly. See any Studebaker dealer for proof.

A nice illustration by our old friend Frederic Tellander of a 1953 Studebaker pickup, perhaps the earliest “glamor truck.”

 

Job-Rated Dodge Trucks

The third of today’s blue vehicles is this 1952 Dodge pickup truck in a pleasant representation of the Anytown business district before malls and Wal-Mart.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2007

Elmer, the Pilot’s Friend!

“Born” in the CAA machine shop, Elmer is a remarkably lifelike steel and rubber dummy, designed for studies in improving shoulder harness for pilots. Elmer is so cleverly designed that his compressibility, flexibility, center of gravity, muscular contraction and natural relaxation are almost exactly that of the human body. He even has a roll of “flesh” above the belt when he is bent over! Elmer is an example of how Civil Aeronautics Administration scientists worked to improve air transportation. In automobile transportation, scientists have also been at work. An advance in this field is Conoco Super Motor Oil  . . .

From 1952 comes this strangely affecting illustration by James Bingham for Continental Oil Co., the final frame of which shows poor Elmer at a Conoco service station, lying sideways in the back seat of a convertible being driven by an airline pilot.

 

Juice Fiend

This 1952 illustration of a lady who really likes her OJ comes on the heels of Pete Hawley’s work for the same Florida Citrus Commission ad campaign. Overall we like his ads better, although this gal has a certain pulpy appeal.

 

Flowerglass: 1949

You may see store after store, open to full view of passing traffic. No barriers to keep you from seeing right in  . . .  just a sweeping expanse of clear plate glass, including the doors. Merchants have discovered that when more people can see in, more people come in. More attention. More traffic. More sales  . . .

A 1949 illustration by someone named Newhauser, depicting a Futuramic Oldsmobile parked outside a Futuramic Flower Shoppe, right next door to the Futuramic Video Emporium.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2007

Time Out for Ginger

If you think all ginger ales are alike  . . .  If you have forgotten how delicious ginger ale can be  . . .  If you’ve never tasted ginger ale  . . .  Try CANADA DRY — the original pale dry ginger ale. Here’s America’s “Ginger-Upper.” It’s sparkling. It’s light. It brims with the intriguing flavor of finest Jamaica ginger, brought to peak flavor by Canada Dry’s exclusive, secret Liquid Ginger Process  . . .

Now it can be told: Canada Dry Ginger Ale, which isn’t really Canadian at all, contains “finest Jamaica ginger,” thanks to the “secret Liquid Ginger Process.” The illustration is from 1949.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2007

Santa Fe Chiefs

Headed by the Super Chief and The Chief, the great fleet of Santa Fe trains between Chicago and California offers a choice of fine accommodations to satisfy every taste and fit every pocketbook. For smooth-riding comfort  . . .  friendly hospitality  . . .  delicious Fred Harvey meals  . . .  fascinating scenery  . . .  travel Santa Fe — the Chief Way!

A 1949 illustration by the award-winning muralist Hernando Villa (1881-1952), who for 40 years was house artist for the Santa Fe railway as well as the designer of its “Chief’s head” logo.

 

Champion at Bat

A great billboard-style illustration for Champion spark plugs from 1952.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2007

New “Power Plus” Studebaker Trucks

Talk to truck buyers who really know what’s going on. They’ll tell you Studebaker has scored again with America’s most progressive truck designs. They mean, of course, the sensationally improved line of medium-duty trucks that Studebaker offers economy-minded owners. Studebaker calls these new 1½ and 2-ton trucks its 16A and 17A series. Truck operators call them marvels of pulling power. Cabs are extra roomy and extra cool — with foot-operated floor ventilation — restful new Adjusto-Air seat cushion  . . .

An orange 1949 Studebaker with 2-ton dump body illustrated by Frederic Tellander, the Norman Rockwell of the pickup truck.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2007

Futuramic ’49

You can always tell an Oldsmobile “88” — not just by the numerals on the rear fender — but also by the way it goes! The first time you see that sleek Futuramic hood sweep ahead of the field, you get a hint of that “Rocket” Engine power. But to appreciate an “88,” you’ve got to try it! Then — and only then — can you feel for yourself that swift-surging Rocket response  . . .  so smoothly delivered by Hydra-Matic Drive. And only then will you experience the maneuverability that goes with the “88’s” compact Body by Fisher. And only then will you know the unique “88” sensation — that soaring, airborne ease of travel! You’ve got to drive it to believe it — and your Oldsmobile dealer invites you to do so soon! Phone him — make a date with the “88” — discover the most thrilling New Thrill of all!

GM’s Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, which turned ten in 1949, was so popular it was standard equipment on 88 and 98 series Oldsmobiles that year, a situation that ended with the start of the Korean War. 1949 was also a high-water mark for General Motors postwar styling, the company’s larger cars being especially well-proportioned with a pleasing emphasis on form that diminished with the stubbier, chromier 1950 models.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2007

Circus Wagon

If you prize value, Plymouth is the winner in the low-priced field. Of 22 quality features found in most high-priced cars, low-priced Plymouth has 21 — low- priced car “A” has 13 — low-priced car “B” has 4 ! See the new Quality Chart at your Plymouth dealer’s now. Then — better still — drive all three  . . .

For young people today, the Plymouth brand is slowly becoming as obscure as DeSoto or Hudson. From 1949 comes this Plymouth woody, appealingly illustrated by H. Miller.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007

The Car That Likes to Be Compared

The best way to tell new car value is by comparison. Compare the new Plymouth — feature for feature, dollar for dollar, mile for mile — to any car in any price range. Then drive “all three” — and let the ride decide!

This beautiful rendering of a 1949 Plymouth convertible, which comes to us across the decades courtesy of one H. Miller, is the latest addition to Ye Olde Plan59 Print Shoppe.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2007

Smoothest-Riding Car We’ve Ever Owned!

Talk for a while with Chevrolet owners, and you will agree that they are the most enthusiastic owner group of all! That is true because men and women know that Chevrolet brings them BIG-CAR QUALITY AT LOWEST COST. They will tell you they are equally pleased with Chevrolet’s Big-Car styling, Big-Car Performance and Big-Car dependability — BIG-CAR QUALITY in every detail of appearance, performance and reliability  . . .

An illustration by Fred Ludekens of a 1947 Chevrolet station wagon in what used to be a familiar, almost generic venue for the ads of summer — family arriving at their rustic cabin by the lake somewhere in what the copywriters called the North Woods.

 

Golden Anniversary Packard

It’s official now — silence is golden! In the new Golden Anniversary Packards, you’ll find restful relief from road hum, wind roar and “engine sensation.” Tap the body and you’ll hear no metallic plunk — just a deep, solid thud. And the engine? Quiet as a polite whisper! Stop in soon at your nearby Packard show- room for a look and a listen! Be sure to ask about PACKARD ULTRAMATIC DRIVE.

Through the slimming magic of Melbourne Brindle’s brush comes this swell- and svelte-looking 1949 Packard.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2007

Bus Stop

Weather prediction: Warm and cozy. To the envied owners of this luxurious new Packard, the coming of winter will be nothing more than a change of landscape! At the first frost, they’ll simply turn a dial on motordom’s most advanced heating and ventilating system. Temperature is automatically controlled. Warmth is uniformly distributed. And you enjoy a silent change of fresh air once every minute, even when the car is standing still! Sound wonderful? It is — and that’s only half the story! For Packard’s exclusive system is ready to delight you, not only in the winter, but all year ’round! So visit your nearest Packard showroom. See a demonstration of how Packard lets you “tune in” the best of every season! Ask the man who owns one.

Packard’s first all-new design after World War 2, for its 1948 line, featured what it called “slipstream styling,” an example of the independent carmakers trying to get a jump on the Big Three by coming out with automobiles that at least vaguely resembled the many futuristic renderings of “your postwar car” that were dangled in front of consumers during the carless years of 1942 to 1945. The results, for Packard, Nash and Hudson, were plump, tallish conveyances that bore an unfortunate resemblance to bathtubs on wheels. The red Packard below had the misfortune of rolling out along with the all-new 1948 Cadillac, whose sleek, tailfinned design caused a sensation. For the 1948-50 Packards, which went over like two-ton lead balloons, the resulting contrast in appearance and appeal helped seal the marque’s doom. Illustration by Melbourne Brindle.

 

Buss Stop

Come, come, Goldilocks . . . You’re not going to marry him just because he wears Marlboro shirts! Or are you? A keen eye for style and a sure sense of value help to make a good husband, at that. P.S. — What a Valentine  . . .  a most admired, most desired Marlboro shirt!

From February 1947, a sweet rendering by Wangro, whose work and name are new to Plan59. Anybody know of more like this?

 

Long May They Wave

Monday morning “changed color” more than a generation ago  . . .  when Quadriga Cloth was born. Then, everyday clothes changed from gray to gay. Changed to colors that laughed at washday. And have you seen the good news? The clotheslines tell it: Quadriga Cloth is back after a wartime scarcity. In bright bolts of ready-to-sew, needlized cloth. In clothes ready-to-wear for you and your family  . . .  daytime dresses, shirts, shorts, pajamas  . . .

From 1947, an unsigned illustration of appealing simplicity that looks like something out of a Tom & Jerry cartoon.

 

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