Old Ads & Classifieds / 09.03.2012

Wow, these are fascinating. This is the best "Old Ads and Classifieds" post yet. Scanning the Washington Post from February 29th, 1912 (another leap year) I came across these, frozen in time. The first one below is an advertisement that has both the Carpathia and the Lusitania on it. The former being the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titanic and the latter having an ill-fated rendezvous with a German torpedo.
Notable People & Places, Old Ads & Classifieds / 19.01.2012

This is a gem that I found in the January 5th, 1952 Washington Post. Esther Williams was a big deal in the 1950s as kind of  a Jennifer Aniston. She was a former synchronized swimmer and star of the silver screen, working with contemporaries like Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford and Lucille Ball. Esther was an A-list celebrity, so having her on our local radio station, WTOP, was big. With Van Johnson, they recreated -- in audio -- their musical romantic comedy, Duchess of Idaho. The movie trailer is amusing. It's so different than the ones we see today.