Cold Start: The Old Giant Flower In An Inky Nothingness Bit

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There’s something kind of amazing about the images in this 1965 Ford Fairlane brochure, taking place, as they do, in an infinite black void of nothingness. In this particular part of the void, a woman dressed like Inspector Clouseau offers a comically oversized flower to a man, who throws his head back in laughter, kind of creepily.

I’m not exactly sure what message Ford is intending to convey here about the Fairlane, other than to associate it with the sorts of cavalier bon vivants  that can even made a colossal emptiness, void even of light, into a good time with their huge flower gag, pulling off massive, shoe-sized petals in what may be one of those he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not kind of things. I think?

Anyway, enjoy the whatever this is!

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  1. Man: “HA-HA Ha…oooboy…Do that again…Tell me how you…a freakishly tall woman tried out for the part of the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’…wait…wait…then you did WHAT with that stupid flower to the director’s face? You’re a riot Jane.”

    Woman: “You’re just a Dick. And besides your car is dull.”

  2. She’s higher than he is, superior. She’s dressed as a hunter / gardener mashup. She’s gloved, using protection. The flower isn’t perfect, but it is pretty. The car is what is elevating her to a position of power. Him laughing doesn’t fit the theme … is that laughter or something else? Good thing there were gloves.

    1. And it was an odd one year only redesign. A friend of mine in high school had one nearly identical this except it was monotone teal rather than two-tone. Pretty decent car but, yeah, nondescript.

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