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Season’s Greetings: Max Fleischer’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from the Jam Handy Organization

The Jam Handy Organization, based in Detroit, made thousands of educational, training and promotional films, many of them for the domestic automakers, particularly General Motors. They hired the best talent they could, which is how pioneering animator Max Fleischer and … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: It’s The New Motoramic Chevrolet! 10 Jam Handy Commercials From 1955

1955 was a big year for Chevy. It marked the introduction of Chevrolet’s first V8 engine, what would become known as the “small block Chevy”. It also marked a dramatic change in styling from the dowdy cars of the early … Continue reading

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Coming to Detroit For the Auto Show? An Almost Complete List of Sites of Automotive Interest In and Around the Motor City

The Detroit area is filled with locations that are important to the history of the automobile industry. In some cases the buildings where the history was made still stand, in others, like 58 Bagley, where Henry Ford built his first … Continue reading

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American Look: A Tribute to Men and Women who Design, Designing the 1959 Chevrolet

Regular readers will know that we’re big fans of the Jam Handy Organization, which produced educational and training films for schools and the military, but, more important to our focus here, was essentially General Motors’ motion picture studio. Sure they … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: Thrill Driver’s Choice – Joie Chitwood for Chevrolet

Long before Ken Block, Tanner Foust and Evel Knieval did their first drifts, loops and jumps, there were car daredevil and thrill shows that toured the country, playing state fairs and the like. They were a big enough deal that … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising:
Ford’s Village Industries

  GM hired the Jam Handy Organization to make their promotional and training films. Ford, on the other hand, decided to go with an in-house film studio, the Ford Motion Picture Laboratories. This silent film, Story of a Little River, … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising Addendum:
Wilding Picture’s “Last Date” Starring A Very Young Dick York

Like Detroit’s larger Jam Handy Organization studio, Wilding Picture Productions supplemented its work for the auto industry by making educational films. This 1950 film, Last Date, addresses the sometimes lethal combination of young people, romance and cars. Don’t worry, it’s … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising:
Chrysler Airflow Promotional Newsreels With Racer Harry Hartz

Ford had their own motion picture studio and the Jam Handy Organization was effectively GM’s in-house movie studio. Chrysler turned to the Wilding Picture Company to make a promotional film called The Trails of Triumph, about the Chrysler Imperial Airflow. … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: Rube Goldberg Himself, Drawing Perpetual Motion Machines and Pitching Chevys

Webster’s defines Rube Goldberg as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation”. Dictionary.com has two definitions: 1. having a fantastically complicated, improvised appearance: a Rube Goldberg arrangement of flasks and test tubes. 2. deviously complex … Continue reading

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Antique Auto Advertising: Peg Leg Pedro the Pirate Pitches Chevys

The Jam Handy Organization studios in Detroit were the equal of just about anything in Hollywood outside of the huge major studios. At its peak JHO employed two full orchestras just for soundtrack use and had a number of soundstages. … Continue reading

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