Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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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.