“Ask the Man Who Owns One”
An Illustrated History of Packard Advertising
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About the Book
A major force in the American automobile scene through the 1950s, Packard made a mark on American advertising as well. The cars themselves seemed built for promotion—the red hexagon in the hubcap, the yoke grille, and the half-arrow belt-line molding acted as a logo of sorts, setting a new standard in visual continuity and branding. The company’s image became so firmly established, in fact, that Packard eventually ran advertisements which pictured the cars but purposely omitted the name, instead asking readers to “guess what name it bears.”
This book traces Packard’s advertising history from 1900 through 1958, based on original research that includes several first-hand interviews with the people who made it happen. Filled with reproductions of Packard ads (some in color), the book looks beyond the surface to examine how the advertisements reflect and interpret the company’s management and business convictions, how they were influenced by business conditions and competitive pressure, and how they changed with the times.
About the Author(s)
An auto enthusiast and advertising executive, Arthur W. Einstein, Jr., lives in Stuart, Florida.
Arthur W. Einstein, Jr.
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 133 photos (16 in color), appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016 
Table of Contents
Foreword by Steven Rossi 1
2—The Ohio Years 10
3—Growing Up in Detroit, 1904–1914 34
4—The War Years, 1915–1920 71
5—The Roaring Twenties, 1920–1929 97
6—Brother Can You Spare a Dime? 1930–1934 125
Between pages 150 and 151 are 16 color plates containing 16 photographs
7—Changing the Guard, 1935–1942 151
8—A New Packard Emerges 193
9—Rest in Peace 224
Appendix 1: Saturday Evening Post Ads 235
Appendix 2: Odes to Packard in Song and Literature 247
Chapter Notes 249
Book Reviews & Awards
- “An interesting history…a joy for automobile and advertising enthusiast alike…highly recommended”—Choice
- “Any Classic Car enthusiast with even a slight interest in Packard will be drawn to this book. It is a delight, covering the subject unlike any past effort I have seen”—Classic Car Club Bulletin
- “Who better than a car loving advertising executive to pen a book on the advertising history of the Packard Motor Car Company”—Antique Automobile
- “Filled with hundreds of the many special Packard newspaper and magazine advertisements…highly informative read”—Hemmings Classic Car
- “Full of insights into a specialized area of endeavor that people outside that profession are not normally privy to”—SpeedReaders
- “[Einstein is] a hardcore automobile enthusiast, so his knowledge of advertising and how it related to selling Packard automobiles is both perceptive and highly informative…lavishly illustrated…. This is one book that Packard owners, collectors, and enthusiasts will surely want to read…you will find it very entertaining and revealing”—Hemmings Daily.