One of the coolest ways I know of to waste a little time is by looking at old magazines. You get a tiny taste of life as it was at the time of publication.
My dad saved a Time Magazine from the very early ’60’s. I don’t remember why he saved it. Maybe because President Eisenhower is on the cover and there’s a story about him.
Anyway, I glanced through it one day and found this. I loved this car ad–
Can you read the caption?
“Once a four-wheeled bandit kidnapped a family.”
It goes on to say the bandit robbed the family of $4000. (That’s what the gas guzzler cost in those days.) Then it talks about holding them for ransom, because it used so much gasoline.
Gasoline cost about eighteen cents a gallon (if that much) at that time.
“Finally they realized the bandit’s 10-miles-to-the-gallon appetite, depreciation and other expenses were costing them about $1500 a year.
So they traded the bandit for a Rambler 6 with overdrive. Now the children’s piggy banks keep overflowing. Yours will, too, with Rambler.
Can you see the road sign? It says 1 cent a mile. Cool!
My family never owned a Rambler. I think one of my friend’s grandparents might have, but I’m not sure. Sadly, I don’t believe I ever rode in one.
I found this on Wikipedia–
The first use of the name Rambler for an American made automobile dates to 1897 when Thomas B. Jeffery of Chicago, Illinois and builder of the Rambler bicycle, constructed his first prototype automobile.
I think that $1789 car was way before it’s time. And ads like this should make a comeback. 🙂