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Aug 3, 2010

Retro Reflections


Take a look at this vintage 50's advertisement.  A pristine bluff overlooks an ocean bustling with activity.  Two look-alike brunettes with hourglass figures draw attention to the centerpiece: a lustrous red Hudson Hornet.  Notice how the bright yellow bathing suit and waterskis help to frame the car.

A blonde couple pauses to watch, blending into the background.  Their distance seems to suggest a boundary of class that the two women are obviously comfortable to cross.


The short-lived Hudson Hornet had its heyday between 1951 and 1954.  Hudson was the first car manufacturer to become involved in stock car racing.  It's decline had a lot to do with a high price tag and the fact that newer designs failed to interest buyers.  You may also remember that Paul Newman played the voice of Doc Hudson, the 1951 Hudson Hornet, in the 2006 Pixar film, Cars.


9 comments:

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Kj, love those old ads....cars of that era are so lovely and I love seeing them on the road today as well. I think todays cars are boring in comparison.

Ruth

Becky K. said...

The psychology of marketing at work then, as now.

Becky K.

tea time and roses said...

I love those 50's cars!! Hope you are enjoying a lovely week.

Smiles....

Beverly

Renna said...

"A blonde couple pauses to watch, blending into the background. Their distance seems to suggest a boundary of class that the two women are obviously comfortable to cross"

You have such a talent for putting words together, which I envy, and admire!

Susy D. said...

KJ. You are not only keenly observant (and possibly a teeeeensy bit elaborate in conjecture) you are a word- smyth. I think you should be writing for television or publishing a book. Or SOMETHING! In the meantime thank you for sharing your giftings with us. xoxo

Susy DeLucca said...

P.S. Love your updated graphics

Lallee said...

What a beautiful blog you have! Great design! Loved the music selections.

What is it about the older cars that have so much more class and charm than today's?????

I enjoyed my visit!

Blessings,
Lallee

Snappy Di said...

Love all the vintage ads that were in magazines... so much fun to look and giggle at now.

Di

sister sheri said...

When I see retro... I think of a simpler time... but wondering if it really was.