As my birthday weekend approaches (I know, I know, it's really only one day, but can you fit all the fete-ing necessary into a twenty four hour period to celebrate the life of a girl like I? Dint think so), Matthew and I are thinking about taking a trip to Louisville to nose around at antique stores and have the famous Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel. That most indulgent of indulgent Bab is one of the best people I know to take a trip with, because when things go wrong I feel like I'm in less of a hostage situation and more of a Jack Lemmon series of events in one of his movies. And even when thing don't go wrong, we still have a darned tootin' time! Matthew's old Honda recently bit the dust after a prolonged, prolonged period of being-on-its-last-legs (i.e., since I met him a little more than four years ago), and he had the luck to make a pretty good deal on a 2009 Nissan Cube to place in its driving stead! Now, before the haters start hatin', it's really one of the most ergonomically designed cars I've ever ridden in-- and six feet tall people with legs gangling all over the interior passenger compartments of mid-sized vehicles will know exactly what I'm talking about. My knees are free! My head clears the roof with so much room to spare! We could fit a forties' slipper chair in the backseat! It really is a beautiful thing. I'm actually excited about driving up there. The only way we could travel in more style and comfort seems to be the bygone option of travel-by-rail. So you can see how my seeing this pictures of westward ho'ing from 1955 would make me a little nostalgic for railroad passenger cars in general.
Take a look at some of the pictures from that midcentury campaign-- they're almost like postcards!
To go with the whole southwestern theme, a lot of the cars carry Native American style decorative motifs on the passenger car seats, walls, in framed hangings, etc. This picture's taking it to a whole other level with an actual Native American pointing out mesa scenes to Mr. and Mrs. Everyman and children. "See? See, that's where we built the fireworks wholesaler. After the government changed the zoning on our reservation. We used to have a gas station there, but it burned down. I'm thinking about opening a totem-pole themed car lot at the edge of the next valley. I'm thinking our business cards could say 'We Tote-m the note-m'. What do you think, not bad, huh?" I wonder if they actual had Native Americans or people dressed as Native Americans on the line to provide sightseeing information (of a more historical bent, naturally).
Now this is what I'm talking about when I say traveling in style. Could you die? This looks exactly like something from out of Lost in Space to me...the curved, diminished perspective of this enormous passenger car, with plenty of head room, people having a gin fizz or eight while traversing the two thousand miles from the east to west coast. The large glass windows looking out on the landscape-- it's funny how modern and quaint the whole scene can look at the same time. I want my hair to do that insouciant little flip the woman in the red striped pull-over is rocking, by the way.
the couch from Monday's post! MIND. BLOWN). Harrison's traveling companion has cute coral capris and a button up shirt featuring a coordinated watermelon design. I told you guys, I need to get one the color pants bandwagon.
Besides how armed-services-official the logo looks, I love the little inset the ad men have added to the Santa Fe shield, answering the question "But how are we going to get around once we get there?". "WHEN YOU GET THERE...RENT A CAR." Can I help but read this as a withering riposte to railway naysayers? I cannot.
In 1956, the ads switched to these, somehow more old fashioned looking illustrations below. They're still cute. Recognize the Turquoise Room on the left? It wasn't nearly that blue in the real picture. Also, I want the orange ad lady's outfit. BAD. Turtleneck plus wiggle dress? LET'S DO THIS.
Have you ridden/did you ever ride in a passenger car? Was it anything like in the movies? Do they even have any of these anymore outside of the ones that will take you in a circle for historical purposes (I think they used to have one like that here in Tennessee, but the memory is too vague for me to Google it)? Any tips about Louisville? Let a gal know!
That's all she wrote for today-- see you guys tomorrow!