Anne Newman. Carol Christensen. Judi Turner. Emily Banks. Pat McCloskey. Five lovely women — identically dressed, impeccably coiffed and identified by name on their hat cases — together promoting Formica wall tile circa … 1948. That’s my guess for the year, based on the fat-F logo in Susan Grant Lewin’s book (affiliate link).
And Mr. Regional Manager, what a big day for him! What do you think? Are Anne, Carol, Judi, Emily and Pat their for-real names? And what’s the year? And where are they?
The photo is an 8×10 original from my personal collection. I’ve been collecting midcentury home marketing materials like this for nearly 20 years now, and promotional shots like this one are among my favorites.
Update on dating this photo:
Okay, reading the comments, I looked harder and thought longer. I see my mistake: I was looking at the logo in the Wall Panels display the models are holding. If you look at the logo on the larger display behind them, it’s different typography. So I will agree: Late 1950s, early 1960s. And defensively I will add: I originally thought the latter timing, too! I got thrown off by the wall panel piece!
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