Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cache of 1960s Ads Found in Car Glove Box

Cache of 1960s Ads Found in Car Glove Box

Author: Denis Sweeney
June 28, 2016
I have owned a couple of old cars. Specifically they were American cars from 1960. Most people in their 20s don't seek out old cars but I liked all the space, the styling and the sleek fins that were highlights on the cars of that year. Both of the cars I owned had been parked for many years before I bought them, and neither car had many owners, which meant that the cars had the potential to have hidden treasure in them! And indeed, inside one of the cars, I found some great stuff in the glove compartment. Beside the repair receipts and boring car maintenance stuff, I found two such treasures. -An old map of northeast Pennsylvania (where I was living at the time), with the proposed path of interstate 80 marked; and a second tourist map with a bunch of old 1960s ads for local businesses. The ads really just speak for themselves! Enjoy!
1966 map of Pennsylvania, showing the "future path" of Interstate 80
1966 map of Pennsylvania, showing the "future path" of Interstate 80
Interstate 80, in out time is the lifeblood of NE Pennsylvania! I It is how most goods and supplies come and go. It was amazing to find evidence from the not-so-distant past, of a time when I80 was just an idea! This is a road that traverses the entire country! This image makes you realize that the choices someone made, of where to put the exits had serious implications and caused one town or municipality to grow and others to fade away! Also of note on the map is that, back then, it was referred to as "I-80 Keystone Shortway". "Shortway" instead of "freeway", "expressway" or "highway"? It just seems kind of odd.
60s map of popular destinations near Williamsport, PA
GOING SOMEPLACE? 1960s map of popular destinations near Williamsport, PA
60s ad for Peters Frankfurts
1960s ad for the unfortunately named "Peters" frankfurts
ad for Nylon head covering
Exciting products such as this "Nylon head covering"!
1960s ad for Transistor Radio $19.95
1960s ad for "FUN IN THE SUN" Transistor Radio
Ricketts Glen Park article
Ricketts Glen Park article. Beautiful park not represented well in photo
60s news clipping showing stupid tips for fishermen and hikers
Stupid tips for fishermen and hikers!
Ad for "Flying A" gasoline from the 1960s
Ad for "Flying A" gasoline from the 1960s
60s ad for the Eagles Mere Inn
1960s ad for the Eagles Mere Inn. The inn is still there and thriving!

Final note about the ads: I originally found them and must have scanned them and burned them to a CD. I recently found the data CD in a box and rediscovered these great old ads. -You might say that they've been in a second time capsule for another 20 years. Now, finally, after 50 years, they get to rejoin the world again!
I hope you enjoyed this tour of the 'old car time capsule contents'.

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