Thursday, November 19, 2009

Window Pain


This storm window clearly did not come with any instructions. Rule #1: do not attempt to walk through it.

Because that's one thing you can't protect your family (or anyone) from: being stupid enough to walk through a storm window. A storm window that they are holding in front of them!

Installing in minutes just isn't soon enough for this lady. They should have installed it in the few seconds they had before she came crashing through the front door.

From Popular Mechanics, October 1956.

14 comments:

Barbara said...

No silly! She's demonstrating that the plastic cover is flexible! Instead of those bulky, expensive glass storm windows, you can stick plastic to a frame and use those!! I'm sure it kept out LOADS of cold air!!

Tori Lennox said...

Yeah, I'm sure PLASTIC storm windows were massively effective. NOT. LOL!

But, hey, they only cost 19 1/2 cents a piece! Though I wonder what you did if you needed an odd number of windows? How do you pay 1/2 a cent?

JD at I Do Things said...

What the . . . ?

The ad copy doesn't even address the fact that this anonymous woman is trying to put her foot through the door. I want an explanation!

Hairball said...

That's what happens when you have 'cocktail time' before you put the storm windows up.

I bet the next picture was of her trying to use the window frame as a hula-hoop!

Eric said...

I think many people feel that way about storm doors in general.

Amy said...

oh my, install your own windows? bet they had no building regulations back then, gosh they'd have a cow now over that.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

His wife and children shivered in the corner of the room.

"I don't know what you're complaining about," said Jack the 1950s husband, "you might be about to die of hypothermia because we have no insulation, but at least our windows are storm proof!"

Relax Max said...

You can still buy boxes of plastic that stick around your windows. In the "winterizing" section. Even at Walmart.

YOU can buy it. Not me. But somebody must, huh?

Vintage Christine said...

Yeah, but it's just the right thing to have when your crazy neighbor heaves a bowling ball at your house--the window will just bounce it right back at him. No nails, no hooks, no screws--just an adhesive strip to keep hurricane force winds out? If that's so, I can't imagine how difficult it might be to get the window OUT again!

Lidian said...

Barbara - Oh, I know! I was just having fun ;)

Tori - I agree, they probably were not that effective...

JD - I want to know too!

Hairball - That sounds about right.

Eric - I know I do. I have a really good storm window story but not...not yet. No one stepped through it, though.

Amy - That's an excellent point. They'd want to charge you a lot for coming to put them in, now.

Richard - I wonder if they put the window up after she did that -?

Max - I think we actually used that once. It was not that great.

Christine - Hey, that's true! So I guess we should keep them up all year!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

This is one of those ads that are so confusing I guess you are supposed to think - I must need that! Because I so don't get it...

I never understood that approach but Ive seen it a lot!

lol

Bill said...

At least she's wearing sensible shoes.

EcoMeg said...

That's some funny stuff! What a great site you have - and good luck with the novel!

Thank you for your kind comment on my site today. It was just one of those days. It helps to know that other moms have been there/done that. :D

Meg

Lidian said...

EcoMeg - Thanks for visiting me, too :)