Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Stranger On A Train


Roy? Excuse me, Roy? We have just - a tiny problem here.

The engineer can't get the train moving. Why? Um, that's because you're sitting on it, sir.

Could someone please get him to stop shouting "Yippee!" and come down from there? We really need to get out of the station. We're an hour behind schedule, and the folks up in the club car are awful tired of looking out the window and seeing a giant trouser leg.

1951 ad, from Ad Access.

16 comments:

GoRetroGirl said...

Oh my, it's a good thing they put a man straddling the train and not a woman it. File this one under The Man Who Mistook a Train For His Horse.

Tori Lennox said...

Was Roy channeling Slim Pickens when he straddled that bomb in Dr. Strangelove?

Hairball said...

Roy!! Mama says to get off that train and stop bothering the nice people!

dddiva said...

Haha thanks for the laugh.

Shay said...

The subliminal messages in this ad are very, very disturbing!

Amanda said...

I've totally got a gutter mind. Didn't anyone at the ad agency?

Eric said...

Haha! Lidian!

This is what marketing professionals might call 'poor product placement'...

kathcom said...

Roy Rogers was so wholesome. This is so...dirty. I'd like to think he didn't realize what this looked like. But ad men back then had penises, too. How did they get away with it?

Lidian said...

GoRetroGirl - That is a brilliant title for this, lol!

Hairball - That's a great one too - Throw Roy Rogers From the Train, perhaps?

dddiva - My pleasure!

Shay - Aren't they just? Hard to believe this got through.

Amanda - It must have all been on a subconscious level. I'm in the gutter with you, though ;)

Eric - That's the perfect term for it: poor product placement! (And I'm sorry for the poor product, too)

kathcom - Yeah, this one is very disturbing. I think the conscious-level idea was Roy travels ON horse, ergo train equals Trigger. Ugh..wait, that still is no good. Oh, 50s admen! Whatever were you thinking!

Kath Lockett said...

Hmmm, methinks Mr Rogers is actually, um 'rogering' the train.... He's looking far too happy and turned on to merely be excited about travelling on the choo choo to Pennsylvania.

The Peach Tart said...

I have a whole new appreciation for Roy the Cowboy.

Sheri Jones said...

I wonder if Roy saw it prior to being published??? The train is obviously traveling fast as his scarf is blowing in the wind....

Lidian said...

Kath - LOL! You know, the more I look at this, the worse it looks, if you know what I mean. I can't believe RR would do this!

The Peach Tart - What a guy! ;)

Sheri - I wonder, I really do. He might not have - would he have approved this naughtiness? It's a mystery!

Bill said...

This makes me think of the train barreling into the tunnel when Eva Marie Saint & Cary Grant snuggle up for the night in North by Northwest.

Lidian said...

Bill - I don't think Roy saw that movie! :)

Marcheline said...

Holy phallic symbols, Batman, this train is out of control!

Trigger, cover your eyes.

As the "Beddin' Down" segment proclaims, "Everything within reach."

Indeed.