Change is all around us, as Amy points out in her choice of subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week, and the trees are once again taking on their autumn colors while there’s a chilly nip in the air first thing in the morning, but it’s not only the seasons that are undergoing their annual transformation from summer to fall. As Bob Dylan once pointed out, “The Times They Are A Changing.”
On a recent visit to Volo Auto Museum we were rather amused and, admittedly, somewhat shocked by the sentiments expressed in this collection of vintage advertisements displayed alongside the cars. It’s good to know that some things have changed for the better.
I can relate to these ads. For many years, I lived in a house with three smokers and there were times when you could hardly see the other side of the room for smoke. My parents were able, with a tremendous amount of willpower, to eventually change the habit of a lifetime, and quit cold turkey.
However, despite the change in certain attitudes, it’s sad to see that there are many that remain, to a certain extent, the same.
My husband was clearly influenced by ads such as the next. For our first wedding anniversary he bought me a fancy electric mixer. I was upset! I had hoped for something a little more romantic and made him take it back. Subsequently he allowed me to choose, within reason, my own anniversary, birthday and Christmas presents. For our 25th anniversary I asked for a paper guillotine to trim photos. He was upset! He thought my choice was somehow symbolic.
My grandfather might have agreed with the next ad. For most of his life he spurned lean meat for pure fat until, with advancing years, he developed high blood pressure and heart problems. I think that even then he was unwilling to concede that his poor health was linked to a bad diet, but eventually wiser heads prevailed and he was forced to change his daily menu. Unfortunately the change came a little too late to do much good.
For more on this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge go to #15: Changing and/or Changeable.