Pitch perfect: communities

As the Pitch Perfect series continues, today we feature a 1949 collection of advertising slogans used to market cities and civic campaigns.

America’s birthplace (Plymouth Colony Assn.), Plymouth, Wisc.
America’s dairyland (Wisconsin).
America’s home town (Plymouth Colony Assn.).
America’s lake country (The Thousand Lakes Assn.), St. Paul.
America’s Mediterranean (Miami Shores), Miami.
America’s only tropics (Coral Gables), Miami.
At the seashore, in the country, near the city (Lido Beach), New York.

Birth state of the nation (Pennsylvania).

Center of scenic America (Salt Lake City).
City that does things, The (Norfolk, Va.).
City of destiny (Tacoma).
City of industrial opportunity, The (Warren, Pa.).
Clean up and paint up (Nat. Clean Up Campaign Bureau), New York.
Clean, paint up and fix up (Nat. Clean Up Campaign Bureau).
Climate best by government test (Redwood City, Calif.).
Cool off in Colorado.
Cordage city, The (Auburn, N. Y.).
Crossroads of the Pacific (Hawaii).

Dallas is the door to Texas.
Double crossroads of America (Indianapolis).
Dynamo of Dixie, The (Chattanooga, Tenn.).

Enchanted land of opportunity, Florida.

Find your place in the sun (San Francisco Peninsula).
For cleanliness, thrift and civic pride (Nat. Clean Up Campaign).
Forging a share in victory (Thompson McLaughlin Co.), Portland, Me.
Forward with Memphis, since ’69.

Give them life and make it worth living (United Jewish Appeal).
Give to conquer cancer (American Cancer Society).
Good citizenship is good business (Nat. Clean Up Campaign).
Great state in which to live and work, A (Rhode Island).

Heart of America, The (Missouri).
Heart of the fruit belt, The (Benton Harbor, Mich.).
Help others help themselves (Salvation Army).
Hub city of the southeast, The (Spartanburg, S. C.).
Hub of the Americas (New Orleans).
Hub of the highways, The (Cape Girardeau Bridge, Mo.).
Hub of world flight (Mass. Development & Industrial Comm.), Boston.

Inside the sins of adventure (Manitoba, Canada).
Isle of June (Nassau Development Board, Nassau).
It is profitable to produce in Massachusetts.
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A Dutch treat

The Oklahoma-Texas college football game takes place every year at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, and has done so since the 1920s. The stadium is divided at the fifty-yard-line, with half the arena filled with Longhorn fans sporting burnt orange apparel; the other half with crimson-clad Sooners fans.

Virtually every season since 1949, our father has been seated on the OU side. It’s an annual tradition, a pilgrimage he makes every year (we’ve been in attendance ourselves most years since 1976, but we can’t match Dad’s devotion and consistency).

A new publication from Kesselskramer Publishing put us in mind of Dad’s annual trips to Dallas. The latest in a series of photography books entitled In Almost Every Picture, Volume 7: Shooting Gallery shares a story in images of a Dutch woman who has, almost every year since 1936, when she was 16 years old (only the years 1939-1945 are missing), had a photograph taken as she fires a rifle at a shooting gallery. She’s continued to visit the shooting gallery, even into her late 80s, and the annual photographs continue.

So what’s the connection beween the Dutch woman and Dad and his annual excursions to Dallas? Just this—how great would it be if we had sixty snapshots of Dad in his seat at the Cotton Bowl, one taken every season since 1949? Pretty damn great, we say.

We’re quite taken with the In Almost Every Picture series, and urge you to check it out for yourself.