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A closed coupe without the usual fixed centre roof pillar wasn’t exactly a new idea in 1949, and Buick wasn’t alone in fielding one that season. Even so, the first Riviera helped pioneer post-war America’s favourite body style, and that’s why it’s long been judged a great car of the Forties.
The Roadmaster Riviera shares honours with the Cadillac Series 62 Coupe deVille and Oldsmobile’s Futuramic 98 Holiday as the first modern’ ‘hardtop-convertible." But contrary to popular belief, the concept did not, strictly speaking, originate at General Motors or in the years just after World War II. Dodge Brothers offered a true pillar-less coupe during World War I. Introduced in 1916, it was an all-steel three-passenger model with removable doorposts that located twin drop-down plate-glass windows on each side. Though this. novel feature was aimed mainly at easier entry I exit, it also made for a car that combined the superior sturdiness and weather protection of closed coachwork with the sort of "outdoors" feel found in open styles. This led a number of accessory makers to the idea of detachable "hard" tops, which became all the rage in the Twenties.
Most were made of steel and covered in glossy patent leather. Many were actually stronger than even the stoutest sedan roofs of the day.
The Thirties saw increasing buyer preference for closed models with rollup windows. This prompted development of all-steel’ ‘Turret Top" construction, which made lift-off roofs unnecessary and hastened the demise of the traditional roadster and touring car body types. Soon, engineers began finding ways to make roof pillars less obtrusive, and stylists began thinking about eliminating them altogether, especially the middle or "B" posts.
While some envisioned radical plastic "bubbletops," most designers harked back to the notion of a fixed-roof pillar-less coupe with an unbroken side window area that would simulate the look of a convertible with its top up and windows down.
One of them was Buick chief stylist Ned Nickles. Sometime around 1945, he devised a 3/8-scale hardtop model and showed it to division head Harlow Curtice and Buick manufacturing manager Edward T. Ragsdale. Both liked it. Ragsdale, who ultimately worked out the design’s production engineering, noted that his wife had favoured convertibles for their sporty looks, but never put the tops down to avoid mussing her hair. Curtice’s clout won corporate approval for the new body style, initially as a Buick exclusive. That, of course, was later changed.
Buick chose the Riviera name to set the new hardtop apart from its other models. Billed as combining "the racy look of a convertible with the suave and solid comfort of a fine sedan:’ it debuted in the top-line Roadmaster series for 1949 at $3203, making it that year’s second costliest offering (after the woody wagon).
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Pakola is one of the oldest carbonated soft drinks to have been introduced in Pakistan. It dates way back to the year 1950 by one Muhammad Ali. As a matter of fact, the name Pakola is from the words Pakistan Cola. As of today, Pakola is produced by Gul Brothers Co and Mehran Bottlers, both of Pakistan. It is green in colour with a number of variants available.
The drink is so popular that it is also exported abroad to Europe and other regions. Pakola is majorly popular due to its unique ice cream like very strong taste. As a brands name, Pakola is officially owned by the Teli family.
Text from fizzizist
I need your help visitors, both in suggesting sodas and soft drinks from around the world and in giving your opinion on the ones presented if you know the product. And you can start with giving your opinion on the ones posted already or reading what other visitors have written – Ted
List of Soft drinks and sodas posted already
Visitors soft drinks and sodas suggestions and comments
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“Stay-at-home husbands are many wives’ problem – but it was the other way around at our house. A stick-in-the-mudwife, me, always avoiding outings because of housework.” The combination of the ‘gay young Lawsons’ and Batchelors tinned Peas helped her to be a better housewife. Batchelors Food ad from 1953.
After WW2 a study showed that the average British housewife worked 75 hours a week with a quarter of that spent in the kitchen. It wasn’t until the 1960s that washing machines and refrigerators started to become common in British homes. Housewives were desperate for any sort of labour-saving devices and speedier, simpler ways of cooking meals.
In 1951 at the Festival of Britain huge queues of people were attracted to the Home of the Future’ exhibition which featured modern fitted kitchens and newfangled electrical appliances galore. Housework drudgery was a fact of life to most women in the post-war servant-less house.
The Batchelors Peas adverts in the 1950s put across the idea that their canned food, although quick to prepare for the modern housewife, were actually the height of sophisticated dining. A simple tin of peas meant minimal cooking which of course meant that there was more time for the housewife to look glamorous for her husband when he returned from work.
“Last week, back from abroad, Geoff awarded me nylons after my latest Batchelors meal. He thinks I’m the wonderful one.” Ad from 1950.
“I doubted my darling”. A housewife asks her husband’s pretty secretary how she holds down a job and does the housework too. Batchelors canned food is of course the answer.
“Prodigal Daughter” .A housewife cooks a meal involving Batchelors baked beans for her daughter Wendy’s boyfriend. Now a wedding is on the cards. Ad from 1953.
“My husbands Iron Curtain” – Housewife becomes her old ‘gay self’ again when she starts cooking with Batchelors. Her husband, now well-fed and full of praisers is ‘silent no longer’.
“The Valentino Touch” – A very creepy Spanish houseguest pretends to like a housewives cooking when she serves up some tinned Cream of Tomato soup. Ad from 1952.
“Home to that good meal they need!” – Jim looked out of sorts when he came in last Friday. ‘Sandwich lunch’ I thought to myself and fled to the kitchen. Ad from 1951.
Text and images from flashbak
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Even more interesting to me, who is still a graphic designer ;.)
Originally posted on Erotixx:
As a former graphics designer, I find this very interesting.
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More travelling and holiday memorabilia from a time when it was important to show which hotel one had stayed at. And the labels showed it and were great ads for the hotels as well. It showed what sort of people who chose their establishments – Ted
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The Scandinavian America Line (Skandinavien-Amerika-Linien) was founded in 1898, when the DFDS (Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskap – the United Steamship Company of Copenhagen) took over the steamship company Thingvalla Line. The passenger and freight service between Scandinavia and New York City was operated under the name Scandinavian America Line until 1935.
One of the ships in the Scandinavian American Line was the SS United States. This ship was constructed in 1903 by A. Stephen and Sons in Glasgow. She was 10,095 tons and 500.8 feet long. Her captain was Captain Wulff. The United States made her maiden voyage on March 30, 1903; she sailed from Copenhagen to Christiana (present-day Oslo), Christiansand then on to New York by June 3, 1903. The United States left from Copenhagen on her last voyage on October 25, 1934. She was damaged by a fire on September 2, 1935 at Copenhagen and was scrapped that same year in Leghorn.
In 1935 the ship Fredrik VIII sailed the Scandinavian America Line’s final voyage from New York to Copenhagen. The ship was scrapped in 1936. After that time, cargo and passenger service continued under the DFDS name.
Ship on the poster
The Frederik VIII was built by Vulcan Stettiner Maschinenbau A.G., Stettin (no. 332) in 1913 for the (DFDS) Scandinavian American Line. At the delivery she was the largest Scandinavian ship. Her tonnage was 11,850 tons gross, 7,630 dead weight. She had a length of 159.55m x beam 18,99m (523.5ft x 62.3ft). She had 2 decks and awning deck, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 17 knots. There was accommodation for 121 first class, 259 second class and 881 third class passengers. She had a crew of 245.
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