Many of the automobiles shown here are no longer being manufactured and have long ago disappeared from the American scene. There were no federal bail outs to save some of these firms, yet the economy and the nation survived.
As is evident by these vintage advertisements, lighthouses have played a positive role in helping to promote automobiles. As our nation’s roadways and automobiles improved, the travel habits of Americans dramatically changed and more people had the opportunity to take vacations that often included visiting our shorelines and their historic lighthouses. The lighthouse also symbolized a steadfast strength, a message that the auto manufacturers wanted to subliminally convey while trying to convince the public to purchase their particular make of car.
The economy of our nation and the world is constantly undergoing change just as the lighthouses have. Over time, because of a variety of reasons, many of our lighthouses were lost as were some of the companies that manufactured some of these automobiles. Fortunately, strong willed people have stepped forward to save many of our lighthouses, as we hope they will continue to do with not only the lighthouses, but our automotive industry.
This story appeared in the
May 2009 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.
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