Sunday, May 4, 2014

Travel Safety Guide '64

As many of us hit the open road this summer, there are some incredibly important bits of info that everyone should remember, and this helpful Travel Safety Guide (and atlas) from the National Safety Council (1964) is just the ticket to stay alive and make it in one piece to all of your perfectly planned destinations. We at AEET suggest that you print out all of these pages and simply tape them to the inside of your front windshield-- this way you will always know what to do in case an emergency should happen to you! Also, it will give you a chance to really admire the super cute artwork and booklet design while traversing a particularly long and windingly dull stretch of freeway! Now-- be gone!


Craftypants Carol said...

man those are seriously cute illustrations. even that wallet is cute!

but man that little trailer! omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Cavin said...

Wow, this is like a whole driver's ed manual. I wonder if that's because the route to being licensed in the sixties wasn't standardized, so getting out a general best practices booklet was considered a public safety initiative. I literally know nothing about that (whereas the NC DOT rulebook I studied when taking driver's ed in high school, and every single time I've had to take a written test to renew my state license since then, has etched much of the rest of this permanently into my lobes).

The awesome art is new to me, too. I really appreciate the way they really kept to the line between graphic seriousness and bright cartoons. I'm impressed they only had to nudge it very little to show the wacky (that guy who's mystified after sinking his car into a lake, for example) and the dire (those wrecks and things). I particularly like number seven, where the kids are using flashlights to drive at night, and number fourteen, with the two groovy panels of dad scratching his head over the map. I'd love to see this stuff animated.

Mr. Karswell said...

I knew you'd OMG that :)

Now start printing these pages out!

Mr. Karswell said...

There are a few other mid century drivers Ed booklets in my archive, I guess I should put the links here since I never tag anything like an idiot