Tag: Ford

Retrotisements — 1979 Station Wagons

Retrotisements — 1979 Station Wagons

Retrotisements
For my latest gallery of vintage car ads I'm going to focus on one particular segment, in this case it's station wagons from the 1979 model year. Having never owned one I can't speak to the experience of what it's like, but I always crack a smile whenever I see a classic family truckster still on the road. So in the spirit of old school station wagons, let's take a look from what was hot off the assembly line 40 years ago from a sampling of American and foreign automakers. Chrysler The seventh-generation Town & Country was in its second year as the mid-sized LeBaron wagon. It had formerly been the company's full-size station wagon. Pontiac The 1979 Safaris were available in several trim packages. This ad highlights the mid-size Grand LeMans Safari and the full-size ...
It’s a Ford Falcon, Charlie Brown

It’s a Ford Falcon, Charlie Brown

Retrotisements
Several years before classic TV specials such as A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown secured the place of Charles Schulz's beloved Peanuts characters in the hearts of millions of Americans, Charlie Brown and his friends came to life to sell cars. In 1959, Ford Motor Company secured licensing rights to the Peanuts for use in a series of color TV commercials for its cars and the intros for Ford-sponsored The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. The first spots appeared in January 1960 and marked the first time that Schulz's creation had been animated. Here's one of those early show intros: While that show left the air in June 1961, the Peanuts' association with Ford was just getting started. The gang's most high-profile (and memorable assignment) was to he
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 38: Late 1950s Ford Dealership in Newark, New Jersey

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 38: Late 1950s Ford Dealership in Newark, New Jersey

Vintage Photo Wednesday
It's difficult to remember for many, but once upon a time Newark, New Jersey was a thriving city and a point of pride for the state. And while I'm not going to claim that the Hagin & Koplin Ford dealership was the jewel of Newark, it sure made for a damn gorgeous photo. (via Alden Jewell) As urban car dealerships go, this is a beauty. While the main showroom building is pretty nondescript, it's the signage that really makes this shine. The big, bold usage of the Ford crest -- first introduced in 1950 -- with its neon adornments is of course the first thing to strike the eye. I especially love how the crest was integrated into the building itself, something that must have cost extra to build. The cars on this lot have been identified as 1959 models, so this photo was likely tak...
Ads from the Open Road, Volume 1

Ads from the Open Road, Volume 1

Retrotisements
I don't really pay much attention to billboard advertisements while I'm driving, unless it's something fairly snappy or unique. And as much as I'd like to romanticize old billboard ads, I think the medium as a whole has been fairly bereft of great ideas. And if you think about it, it makes sense. You're only going to see a billboard ad clearly for what, four or five seconds? So it's all about economy of ideas and design. Anything too complicated and you either lose a driver's interest or cause a 20-car pileup. Neither is good for business. I'm not holding this group of classic billboard ads up as the best ever, but I think you'll enjoy them nonetheless. These are all courtesy the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections advertising series. I can't decide which part of...
Time Capsule: Vintage Detroit Car Maker World War II Production Photos

Time Capsule: Vintage Detroit Car Maker World War II Production Photos

Capsules, History
As part of a larger story in its August 17, 1942 issue on strife within between Detroit's car makers and their labor union member workers, Life magazine captured some excellent photographs of Motor City manufacturers in the midst of wartime production. The pictures, taken by staff photographer William Vandivert, captured a rare moment in modern American history -- when the nation's vast commercial manufacturing muscle was flexed to produce machinery (planes and bombers) for World War II. Seen here are images from Ford, Chrysler, and Chevrolet plants in Detroit, Michigan. Click on any photo for a larger version. (more…)
Car Capsule: Life Magazine 1949 Ford Photo Shoot

Car Capsule: Life Magazine 1949 Ford Photo Shoot

Capsules, History
The 1949 Ford is one of the landmark cars of the 20th century. It was one of the first great automotive designs of the Post World War II era, and is still one of my favorites. Life magazine ran a semi-promotional piece called "The New Ford" in their June 14, 1948 issue that showcased the new model. Here are some other images from what I believe to be the initial photo shoot for the piece. They were taken in March 1948 and credited to William J. Sumits. In addition to the obligatory models, there are some really cool shots juxtaposing the '49 Ford with some vintage Model Ts. Click on any thumbnail to see the larger picture.
Retrotisements — The 1949 Ford

Retrotisements — The 1949 Ford

Advertising, Retrotisements
I've never been a big car guy. Sure, I love to go to car shows and look at all the chrome, fins, and white walls, but I couldn't tell you the difference between a flathead V8 and a glass of V8 if my life depended on it. But I do know this much -- I love the 1949 Ford full-size car and have for years. When it was introduced it gave Ford the shot in the arm they so desperately needed, and that freshness of design is still evident more than 60 years later. One of these days I'm going to own a '49 Ford, but until then I'll just have to gaze lovingly at these classic advertisements. (To see other car lineup advertisement galleries, click here. Got a request for other years and makes? Let me know in the Comments section.) (more…)