Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Death Waits for the Careless Driver - August 1955

Here's another ghoulish public service ad (that seem to appear on this blog regularly) starring none other than Death himself. This time, though, the creepy phantom isn't warning you to avoid drinking and driving; the theme here is back-to-school safety – specifically, kids crossing the street while on the way to and from school.

The ad appeared in the Lorain Journal on August 17, 1955. (It must have been a two-page spread since I only have the businesses listed from A-L – sorry!)

It's a pretty effective ad that packs an emotional wallop. Despite the ad's age, its theme is timeless and more appropriate than ever in today's era of cell phones and texting.

School is back in session in many parts of Lorain County. Let's all be careful out there!

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