With apologies to the late James W. Best for appropriating his image (from his 1935 Forest Life in India)

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Signs of the Times

Ads in old publications can tell you more about the times they were printed in than the actual contents. Take this one, on the back cover of the January 1935 issue of the popular American magazine Asia (click on it to enlarge and read):


Talk about the emptiness of the American dream.

Another great ad from the same period is one for Peter Dawson whisky published in the Singapore Straits Times in 1936. I can't show it here for copyright reasons, but check it out at
and I'm sure you'll agree with me it's a beaut.