Elks Parade in Olympia, Washington, c. 1950.

Elks Parade in Olympia, Washington, c. 1950.

Chillaxin’ at a hotel in Nebraska, 1952.

Chillaxin’ at a hotel in Nebraska, 1952.

Very serious men doing very serious things in this 1954 print advertisement for General Electric.

Very serious men doing very serious things in this 1954 print advertisement for General Electric.

The 1956 Studebaker President. Beauty!

The 1956 Studebaker President. Beauty!

The 1954 Chrysler New Yorker DeLuxe Newport.

The 1954 Chrysler New Yorker DeLuxe Newport.

Detail from a 1950 print ad for Genuine Ford Parts. Only they could make taking your car to the dealer seem like an attractive option.

Detail from a 1950 print ad for Genuine Ford Parts. Only they could make taking your car to the dealer seem like an attractive option.

MORE SNOW?! That’s it, get me on the next plane out of here.

MORE SNOW?! That’s it, get me on the next plane out of here.

1956 Spangles ad by totallymystified on Flickr.
"Got you Spangles?" “None of your damn business!”

1956 Spangles ad by totallymystified on Flickr.

"Got you Spangles?"

“None of your damn business!”

Waiting for the bus, 1952. Detail from an American Cyanamid print ad.

Waiting for the bus, 1952. Detail from an American Cyanamid print ad.

"Aw, come on fellas - smile!"
(detail from a 1958 Kodak print ad)

"Aw, come on fellas - smile!"

(detail from a 1958 Kodak print ad)