Sunday, January 24, 2010

A New York Minute: World Trade Center Views In Print Advertising

The World Trade Center, in its time, was certainly among the most, if not the most photographed buildings on the planet while the towers were standing in Lower Manhattan. I did some digging through the archives to find some advertisements that featured WTC images...

(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)
1977 Jim Beam "King Kong Coctail" Ad (WTC Views)

This one is from the January 27, 1977 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine and features King Kong standing atop the WTC towers. I think he's saying to Jessica Lange, "Hey, what say you and me get the hell out of here and head someplace nice and quiet for a drink where we can get to know each other a bit better without all these annoying fighter planes buzzing around."

1985 Olds Cutlas Ciera Ad (WTC Views)

Below, we see guitarist extrodinaire Steve Stevens of the Billy Idol band, looking cool and ripping it up on a Hamer guitar powered by some devastating Marshall amplification. I wonder if anyone in the towers yelled down to him to "turn that shit down!"? This one ran in music magazines from 1986 into 1987.

1986 Marshall Amps Ad (WTC Views)

Here an ad for the movie "The Squeeze" which starred Michael Keaton and Rae Dawn Chong. It premiered in theatres on July 10th, 1987. I've never seen this movie.

1987 The Squeeze Movie Ad (WTC Views)

This final one is from 1998 and extolls the virtues of Bacardi Limon citrus rum. The ad seems to convey the message that drinking the product will make you feel "all squiggly," at least that's what I get from it.

1998 Bacardi Limon Ad (WTC Views)

Ah, what the hell, one more Bonus Ad! 1985 - Be Dangerous on Rock Guitar!

1985 "Be Dangerous On Rock Guitar" Magazine Ad (World Trade Center, NYC, NY)

1 comment:

EV Grieve said...

Wow... The Squeeze and Bacardi ads are particularly horrifying to see now....