Thursday Night Life: America’s Love Affair With the Car

Tonight, some photographs from the glory days of automobile ownership! We’ve got cars, advertisements for oil, paeans to spark plugs, and even…ads for gas station bathrooms! I regret to say that I haven’t transcribed the text from these ads yet, so you can click over to embiggen but there’s no transcription of the text up. Sorry. No, really, I am, I’m just really tired and transcribing is kind of tricky, so I apologize to readers with visual impairments who may have trouble reading the text on these ads; hopefully I will get it done tomorrow.

Anyway, without further ado, automobile glory!

Evidently, Plymouth owners are the proudest folks in town. Id like to see some data to back that up.
Evidently, Plymouth owners are the proudest folks in town. I'd like to see some data to back that up.
Is a panel van less sinister if its yellow?
Is a panel van less sinister if it's yellow?
Ah, purity. A virtue since, uhm, forever!
Ah, purity. A virtue since, uhm, forever!
But Mobils two-page spread is pretty impressive too.
But Mobil's two-page spread is pretty impressive too.
Is it wrong for me to feel resentful of spark plugs just because nasty people used to call me spark plug in grammar school?
Is it wrong for me to feel resentful of spark plugs just because nasty people used to call me "spark plug" in grammar school?
An advertisement for tires, using sleepwalking as a metaphor for dangerous driving conditions?
An advertisement for tires, using sleepwalking as a metaphor for dangerous driving conditions?
A heavy focus on safety in tire ads, Im noting.
A heavy focus on safety in tire ads, I'm noting.
The one and only SQUEEGEE tire really says it best, dont you think?
"The one and only SQUEEGEE tire" really says it best, don't you think?
Last but not least, as promised, an ad touting gas station bathrooms.
Last but not least, as promised, an ad touting gas station bathrooms.