I’ll just let each person make the jokes for themselves.
I could make any number of tasteless jokes about what this ad might truly be suggesting but I think I’ll just leave it up to my readers to make their own. ;-)
Posted as a stark reminder that not everything from the 20th Century was cool.
Strange as it might seem, this is one of my most favorite photographs I have ever found in my years of virtual fishing for material to spread around to retro/vintage/Americana lovers. It’s not just the old Pepsi and Coke machines but the whole scene. Maybe it’s because I have so many strong memories of being at a motel just like this late at night.
In this photo, I can hear and smell every detail and even see out of the frame. Perhaps it’s just me and the weird way I perceive things but I think there’s nothing like a quiet old motel pool at night over which to reflect on the day’s adventures and to think about what is to come tomorrow.
I’ve always thought this was one heck of an advanced advertising design for 1946. Whoever put this together was truly on the cutting edge.
I hadn’t thought about one of these "checkout lane closed" signs in ages until seeing this one. Even for markets that already had the lighted register number as they all do today, I remember seeing signs like this from various brands through at least most of the 1970s. Today all we get is the much more discourteous rubber cord.