1948. Illustration by Glenn Grohe for the “Beer Belongs” series. “Hey, gang! Come on over to my place! I’ve got one of those new television sets. The screen is almost as big as my hand - I kid you not!”
Another shot of the famous Camel sign in Times Square, New York City. Peter Stackpole for Life, 1944. Now it looks like this. Thanks a lot, modernization. You stink.
So many things to love about this photo, aside from the iconic sign: the fantastic fonts, an entire store that sold only Arrow shirts, a place that sold costume jewelry, a place called “Chin’s” (any guesses as to what you could get there?) and again - the fonts. Smaller details: the guy in the bottom left in the fedora and the bomber jacket - maybe it’s Indiana Jones tracking down a lead; the sailor walking past the Arrow store checking out a couple of passing skirts (and the skirts returning the favor!); and the burly bruiser in white with arms akimbo outside Hector’s Cafeteria. Probably the short order cook trying to get some fresh air, away from the hashbrowns and flapjacks.