Believe in Yourself!

Philip Morris - 1951
Philip Morris – 1951
Scan credit: Fred’s AdverCity on Tumblr

No matter the product or the era, a company has to have some serious balls to advocate trying competing brands. I’ve seen this tactic in several Philip Morris ads around this time. It might not have made it the number one selling cigarette but, bolstered by the long-running and fondly remembered "Call for Philip Morris" slogan that went back to the golden age of radio and soon to be endorsed for several years to come by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, it certainly kept it among the leaders. Its eventual downfall came at its own hands when the company revamped one of its niche brands being sold as a premium cigarette that then dominated the market for at least two decades…Marlboro.

Ohio House Motel in Downtown Chicago

Ohio House Motel - 600 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. - date unknown
Ohio House Motel – 600 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.
date unknown
Scan Copyright © Edge and corner wear (William Bird) on Flickr.
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I’m usually not a fan of postcards like this where everything around the subject has been erased. For all anybody knows, this inviting little property could have a whorehouse on one side of it and a sewage treatment plant on the other.

Thankfully, that is not the case for the Ohio House. It is still there after having opened in 1960 and looking almost the same minus the red doors. With it apparently getting good reviews online, it would certainly be one of many places in the great city of Chicago to stay for a visit or on the night before starting a trip down Route 66 which begins a little southeast of this location.

KHJ Silenced Again, ‘K-Fun’ Not So Much Fun

I am sorry to report that the onslaught against over-the-air "oldies" radio stations continues. After having recommended them for a long time due to their great mix of music and memories, KNAC licensed to Earlimart, California in the Visalia/Tulare/Hanford market has changed call letters to KOAD and "flipped" to classic rock. While KOAD — now billing itself as "K-Fun" — is playing one of the widest varieties of classic rock that I have heard coming from a terrestrial radio station in a long time, it is not going to make the cut for my Radio page. There is just too much syndicated programming plus religious shows on Sunday for my page that, with some exceptions, demands music 24/7.

It is a shame to see this as the previous format was basically a rebroadcast of the glory days of KHJ "Boss Radio" in Los Angeles. KHJ was one of the most influential stations of its time and, back it its heyday, could have been heard in California’s Central Valley at night in the days before there was so much interference on the AM band.

For those that have seen me teasing this project on my Twitter account, yes, this motivates me even more to get KoHoSo Radio 66 up and running — a station that will mainly focus on 1950s and early 1960s rock & roll but also cover up-tempo music and other quality hits of all genres ranging from 1946 through 1966. The delay in getting at least a beta up of my station is not only how busy I have been this winter but also that doing something like this correctly takes time. Having a good station — online or otherwise — takes much more than just throwing a bunch of songs into a folder. It requires much thought and planning to get the flow and mix just exactly perfect. This was where KHJ excelled for this type of format and it’s a shame to lose their easily-accessible example.

Stamina-Styled and Stamina-Built

1941 Oldsmobile B-44
1941 Oldsmobile B-44
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Found via the Older Automobile Magazine Ads group pool

The B-44 was a quick step away from Oldsmobile’s then-new naming system as this model should have been a "66" or "68" (the first digit signifying the body size and the second being the number of cylinders in the engine). As can be seen when viewing this ad at full size, major U.S. manufacturers were already devoting much of their output to defense needs even before Pearl Harbor. All auto production stopped at Olds on February 5, 1942 and ended the brief life of the beautiful B-44.