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This Feels Kind Of Like A New Yorker Cartoon: Cold Start

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I’m not exactly sure what it is about this page from the 1959 Imperial brochure, specifically the page for the Imperial LeBaron. That’s right, the Chrysler LeBaron spent some time as an Imperial. I know, right? But that’s not what I want to talk about right now. Right now I just want to see if you agree that there’s something about this brochure painting that feels like it should be a New Yorker cartoon.

Do you see what I mean? There’s something about the central framing of the car in the city, abut the looser brushwork of the background, about the visibility of the people inside, clearly in mid conversation, those birds– everything, really. It feels like it’s just an italicized caption away from being a New Yorker cartoon.

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Should we try and think of some captions? That seems difficult. But let’s try:

“No, Claire, that’s not Minerva, it’s Athena Nike, the goddess of victory. You can tell by the size of her rack.”

“Driver, please circle around so we can check out the genitals of that horse.”

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“That was my great-uncle Arthur. He was the only General in the War of 1812 to surrender to Japan.”

“No, I don’t think that’s a good Halloween costume idea, Charles. I’d want a horse, too.”

(bird 1 to bird 2) “If you want to get it right on the windshield, hold it in until you pass right over the hood ornament.”

I don’t know. Maybe you can think of better ones. In the meantime, I’m going to use this as an excuse to show my favorite Charles Addams cartoon:

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Oh, it’s so good and dark. And it gets better the more you think about what’s going on! The man was a genius.

 

 

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Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
1 year ago

1.Clearly that car is not moving (pedestrians all have umbrellas out, stormy looking sky. No splatter or splash from the tires.)

2. That’s the Sherman Memorial in a fairly affluent Manhattan neighborhood on the southeastern corner of Central Park.

3. There weren’t a lot of parking structures/lots or spaces in 1959 Manhattan.

The driver is clearly waiting for a spot close to the passengers building while the passengers assess his ability to parallel park the nearly 18’ vehicle.

The caption should read:

“I can fit in that spot.”

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
1 year ago

Curses, we’ve run over a child! Find out where he lives and sue his parents for damages.

Beached Wail
Beached Wail
1 year ago

“Now that you mention it, the chauffeur’s posture *is* improved since we replaced the driver’s seat with a wooden peg.”

Mantis Toboggan, MD
Mantis Toboggan, MD
1 year ago

“Is this one of the Chryslers with those weird twin disk hydraulic brakes?”

Alan Christensen
Alan Christensen
1 year ago

“Apparently there is this thing called ‘poor people.'”

Jonee Eisen
Jonee Eisen
1 year ago

“Yup. Jersey plates. Fire away, Don!”

BigThingsComin
BigThingsComin
1 year ago

I can’t think of any good one-liners, but that is a lovely rendering.

DysLexus
DysLexus
1 year ago

“Geeves, don’t you agree with me?
Charles made such a poor decision to purchase this dreadful LeBaron. You know, the McReynolds just got a black one too. I told you I wanted a Cadillac. Now, we’re just the laughing-stock at the Country Club.”
(1 percenter First World problems)

Beater_civic
Beater_civic
1 year ago

‘For heaven’s sake, Virgil! We were saving those doves for dinner! What am I going to say to the Eisenhowers now?”

Irv Warden
Irv Warden
1 year ago

“Right now I just want to see if you agree that there’s something about this brochure painting that feels like it should be a New Yorker cartoon.”

Yes. Should I be concerned about my mental health when I agree with Jason? 🙂

CatMan
CatMan
1 year ago

“What do I do for a living? I have rich cars, play golf, and…..”

PaysOutAllNight
PaysOutAllNight
1 year ago

“Yes, I know we’re on a date! But I’ll be damned if I’ll have all this back seat space without actually using it, Martha!”

Max Finkel
Max Finkel
1 year ago

they’re going the wrong way on 5th avenue! and in front of the GM building to boot

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
1 year ago
Reply to  Max Finkel

Actually back then it would be the Savoy hotel. It had a Trader Vic’s , so perhaps that explains something?

BrakShowStarringBrak
BrakShowStarringBrak
1 year ago
Reply to  Hugh Crawford

Hard to say. Due to the hats, I can’t tell if their hair is perfect.

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 year ago

I understood that reference..

Vanillasludge
Vanillasludge
1 year ago

“In France this baby is called the “The Baron!”

IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
1 year ago

I love how the cars of that era were so cartoonishly long that they looked like a parody of themselves. That leviathan should have come with twin rear axles, like the version The Onion made up for their book of vintage articles.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
1 year ago

The advertising artwork always exaggerated length and width, because the marketing people believed the real things weren’t quite enormous enough. They had to make sure the heads of the people inside looked like tiny dots

Boulevard_Yachtsman
Boulevard_Yachtsman
1 year ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

Bruce McCall’s 1958 “Bulgemobile” takes that tiny-head/big-car imagery to it’s logical extreme. The best part is that he was an artist for the The New Yorker, which really brings all of this full circle.

Captain Video
Captain Video
1 year ago

I remember that article well. The Lincoln Monstroliner or something to that effect.

Nlpnt
Nlpnt
1 year ago

The Addams Family had an early ’30s Packard V12 largely because in 1966 a ’59 Imperial was just a depreciated used luxury car, the possession equivalent of an early/mid ’00s Lexus RX today. Not eccentric enough.

It’s surprising that they didn’t have a toyetic showrod like the Munsters (and for that matter the Monkees and the Beverly Hillbillies) did, that was almost *de rigeur* in the ’60s along with a tie-in model kit that probably has been rereleased if they can find the original tooling.

HonkeyfromtheCIA
HonkeyfromtheCIA
1 year ago

“I love these rainy fall days. I just enjoy being driven around while basking in my whiteness.”

Larry B
Larry B
1 year ago

Look dear, down that street you can see the “Bowery”.

DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
1 year ago

A rather dystopian advert. Like it was designed in another universe, or designed by Machinegames for a Wolfenstein game. Just bleak and cold.

Jonee Eisen
Jonee Eisen
1 year ago

But they’re cozy, warm, and dry inside that enormous Le Baron.

Captain Video
Captain Video
1 year ago

Not sure I ever saw a death ray that ran on wall current before. That’s some good realism right there.

ExAutoJourno
ExAutoJourno
1 year ago
Reply to  Captain Video

The applicant doesn’t look at all like Elon Musk….

I’m sure the death ray was meant to operate on 220V, which probably wasn’t available in the attorney’s office.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
1 year ago
Reply to  ExAutoJourno

“The applicant doesn’t look at all like Elon Musk….

I’m sure the death ray was meant to operate on 220V, which probably wasn’t available in the attorney’s office”

If it’s a Tesla it should need 50kV minimum, and DEFINITELY alternating current!

Zeppelopod
Zeppelopod
1 year ago
Reply to  ExAutoJourno

(mad scientist voice)

“Curse you, WestingHOOOUUUUUUSE!”

Lew Schiller
Lew Schiller
1 year ago
Reply to  Captain Video

It’s so perfect.
Hmm – a death ray – let’s try it out. That and .. Fiddlesticks!

XLEJim700
XLEJim700
1 year ago

“…LePretzel Man! Pull over, Harry.”

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