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Have a Vintage Christmas!

Title: "Christmas morning (and forever after) she'll be happier with a Hoover". Copy: "P.S. to husbands: She cares about her home, you know, so if you really care about her...wouldn't it be a good idea to consider a Hoover for Christmas? Prices start at $??.??. Model 29 (shown here) $??.??. Low down payment; easy terms. See your Hoover dealer now."

Title: “Christmas morning (and forever after) she’ll be happier with a Hoover”. Copy: “P.S. to husbands: She cares about her home, you know, so if you really care about her…wouldn’t it be a good idea to consider a Hoover for Christmas? Prices start at $??.??. Model 29 (shown here) $??.??. Low down payment; easy terms. See your Hoover dealer now.”

The resolution of the above scan was too rough to make out the prices, but they were less than now. I’m guessing that this one is from 1960, give or take five years. Such advertisements seem mighty crass in today’s “be all you can be” gender-neutral American culture and are presented now as humorous sources of “look how far we’ve come since then” pats on the back. After all, we have made advances. Today, we consider that the sprawled woman may be perusing the notecard and thinking, “Ooo, that bastard’s gonna get his…”

However, apart from the issues of unfair bias, equal opportunity, stereotyping, putting talent and capability to waste, and equal pay for equal work, we do tend to propagandize the past in order to validate where we are now. Utterly unable to look back and examine any culture in context, we tend to look back only with today’s lenses, and the view is upsetting or unsettling, a reminder of oppression of some sort or other. Without the context, our view can easily be distorted to resemble Read more…

Merry Christmas, Cowboys and Cowgirls!

Vintage ad. I'm sure she'll have a merry Christmas, right after she finds a place to bury the body.

Ow! Vintage ad. I’m sure she’ll have a merry Christmas, right after she finds a place to bury the body.

Whatever one’s chosen functional role in a relationship, it’s nice to have one’s efforts be appreciated or one’s tasks made easier, and not so good to have that role be considered to be who you are in that relationship, or why you exist. Young children can get away with it. Adults, well, not so much.

Enjoy the respite from work, such as that may be for you. May your employer not be one of those who gladly sacrifices your life at minimum wage to scratch for every last retail dime out there. For those of you who enjoy get-togethers and traditions and decorations and feasting, have at it! For those who see it as a chance to quietly step back and take a moment to review, go to it. For those followers of Christ, continue to seek to honor Him in what you do and how you do it. Celebrate Him.

The "Christmas Parade" at the LTVA consists of a handful of crazed RVers who load Christmas lights on their pickups and/or trailers and idle around together in the blackness for two nights (so far).

The “Christmas Parade” at the LTVA consists of a handful of crazed RVers who load Christmas lights on their pickups and/or trailers and idle around together in the blackness for two nights (so far).

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