HAVING YOU TO WALK WITH....
SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
HAVING YOU TO TALK WITH....'
A 'sedimental' old ballad composed by Carmen Lombardo and played by brother, Guy Lombardo, the well known hotel band leader and orchestra back in the 30's, 40's and 50's. He was famous for slow dance music and fast racing boats. Also for ushering in the New Year each year from a posh NYC hotel, back when dance orchestras were broadcast nationally over network radio. Ah yes....gentler times. And....times to match some very early B&W ads, 1950 or '51. The CAWS is all about old, of course....but there is old and older. Trying to clear the decks, anyway, of most of these....historical or hysterical....viewers choice.
First, four B&W PG&E ads from the consumer series in the early 50's. These were to promote the low power rates in Northern California....now, some of the highest rates in the nation! Monterey Bay, the location of the first illustration. Fishing boats often carried female names on the bow....I used my wife's name on the foreground boat
Then, central valley cotton fields and hills the scene on the next...
...followed by San Jose with the palm trees.
A new Richmond city hall building follows. The interior scene, both pen and brush and ink, presented a challenge, as I recall.
A B&W Chevron service station illustration follows....back when credit card use was just beginning....this one showing a new imprinter. As I remember, this was my third 'important' Chevron assignment from BBD&O....very tight and very dated.
Two smaller B&W spots next, a professor lectured by a student and Chevron attendant.
A Marathon Oil ad after that, minus the halftone background that went with the film pos. This came from an eastern ad agency.
Finally, three small tuna ads from very early on, I think 1950.
Two of them lamenting the sad plight of the young hostess not choosing the 'right' tuna! Tres tragique!
And very last....two scans revisiting our intrepid 'Lady of Steel' once again.
Merely 'au revoir'....I'm sure we'll see her again!
* Charlie Allen's Flickr set.