Friday, March 06, 2009

Vintage Christmas Ads Pt. 17 - Westinghouse, 1940

In addition to collecting Christmas music, I have collected nearly 1000 vintage Christmas ads over the years. Many of these include celebrities, radio, television, cigarettes, liquor, modern appliances, and the like.

Almost every Friday from here until I run out, I will feature an ad from my collection.

I invite you to add a fun comment, witticism, clever remark, or observation in the comments section provided. Any comments deemed worthy of repeating will be included into this entry where all the world will see it.

Last week, I posted an ad that showed a vintage transistor radio from 1955 that was the size of a church hymnal. After spending some time leafing through my ads this morning, I wondered how I would follow it up.

I kept going back through my archives year by year to find something that just struck me as odd. And I think I found it with this ad from Westinghouse:

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We get a kid mentioning Santa Claus, some other mentions of Christmas throughout the ad, and that's it - no fat guy in the red suit, no reindeer, not even a Christmas tree!

Take a closer look at some of those state-of-the-art 1940 appliances - especially the "washer" and "ironer (???)"! And I thought my vacuum cleaner looked archaic!

What do you think?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, Capt.

That's GREAT !!

But how do I book me one of those laundry vacations?

And isn't that 'ironer' what they use in those new-fangled tanning salons nowadays?

Plus, aside from sucking dust off the floor, what are the other eleven cleaning tasks I can look forward to with that vacuum cleaner?

Do tell us of these wonders of modern technology...