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January 10, 2008

The API In 1956

My friend Richard Disney unearthed this 1956 cartoon from the American Petroleum Institute, extolling the virtues of both oil and competition. It's very typical of the age, down to the type of animation used. It has an Eisenhower Era flavor to it that won't surprise most people, although it's pretty amusing to see people shoot first at the little green men rather than try to feel their pain. Its basic theme -- that oil has enhanced our standard of living and that competition makes everything more affordable -- should still resonate, even if the style is just a tad .... dated.

Bonus question: Which world leader springs to mind when seeing and hearing Ogg?

UPDATE: The script isn't working, but the link does. Check it out; it's a nice change of pace!


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