Monday, January 09, 2012

Consumer culture’s top five failures
Including why vintage clothes are better besides looking good and keeping an era alive. They’re better made.
Cheap clothes that fall apart. I’ve got a pair of 60-year-old cap-toe oxford shoes that are near-perfect after decades of hard use. I had a modern pair of the same shoes from the same company that dissolved into a puddle of minced cow product within a year. The old pair of shoes cost a lot more when new; Americans built them. The new shoes were constructed by slave labor somewhere in China. I’m happy to pay extra for stuff that won’t turn into dog food in a year or two, but obviously there is a market for walking around in shoe-like potted meat product.
Thought of product flops recently as Donna got a 1:18 model car like the ones I have, this one (shown above) of a ’58 Edsel. Never understood why people hated it. Not at all a dog like the Pinto or Yugo. It’s a nearly typical sharp design of that year, with a V-8 giving it a lot of power. Sure, not the best styling like the Pontiac Bonneville, Plymouths and DeSotos for example (those Chryslers had cool fins but not over the top like the ’59 Cadillac). Then again I don’t think the iconic (the ‘Happy Days’ ’50s) ’55-’57 Chevys are particularly good-looking.

A ’59 Edsel Corsair we spotted in Medford, NJ.

The best-looking of the three years of Edsels.

From Takimag.

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