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1958 Dodge Ad, yellow

1958 Dodge Ad

Question: What do the Turkish passenger ship Üsküdar, United Airlines Flight 736, and Ford have in common? Answer: All three were involved in disasters in 1958.

The Üsküdar sank during a storm in the Sea of Marmara, Flight 1958 collided with a fighter jet with dire consequences for the passengers and crew, and Ford launched Edsel, a medium-price car line that hit the market just as its target segment was drying up.

But while ’58 wasn’t a great year for mass transportation or launching new car brands, it was a pretty great year for print car advertising. For that reason we’ve collected ten especially great examples for your consideration. We’ve also selected one cool TV ad to share.

It’s worth noting that 1958 was an interesting year in auto advertising as manufacturers seemed split on whether to use drawings or photography to represent their products in print. Among the ads we’re sharing here, four make use of photography.

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Buick

1958 Buick Ad, Yellow

1958 Buick Ad

 

Chevrolet

1958 Chevrolet Ad in Coral

1958 Chevrolet Ad

 

DeSoto

1958 Desoto Ad

1958 DeSoto Ad

 

Dodge

1958 Dodge Ad, yellow

1958 Dodge Ad

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Edsel

1958 Edsel Ad

1958 Edsel Ad

 

Ford

1958 Ford Thunderbird Ad

1958 Ford Ad

 

Oldsmobile

1958 Olds wagon

1958 Oldsmobile Ad

 

Plymouth

1958 Plymouth Ad

1958 Plymouth Ad

 

Rambler

1958 Rambler Ad

1958 Rambler Ad

 

Studebaker

1958 Studebaker Scotsman

1958 Studebaker Ad

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