Thought for the day

"Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that… the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience." -- Aldous Huxley, 1949



In this collection, we'll dive into vintage commercials and take a look at car commercials between the 1900s and 1950s. Long ago and simple car ads were a sign of the times that emphasized the fact that cars were the ultimate luxury. The first auto advertisement appeared in an Ohio newspaper in 1898. The title of the auto ad was pretty straightforward in terms of marketing. This included a call to action, "Dispense with a Horse". Auto advertising talked about the model and benefits of the Vinton motor carriage. Advertising showed it was not expensive to maintain, had a top speed of 20 mph, and had no odor. Finally, the ad compared it to a horse, saying that a horse would never be able to perform these tasks. In the early 20th century, cars were still fighting for road space with other modes of transport, as few people could afford them. Automobiles were heavy machines that usually required at least one mechanic to operate and maintain the car. This is the reason why most of the advertisements were targeted at the wealthiest people in the society.