Here are the answers to yesterday’s photo puzzler “anachronisms.”
First the assumption: The postmark stamp was essential, because it established the year as 1967. Therefore, the following elements cannot be chronologically accurate:
1. The Minivan (and other model vehicles in the background)
American minivans weren’t introduced in 1984 with the Dodge Caravan.
2. AAA logo with swoosh
American Automobile Association (AAA) has been around since 1902, but the addition of the red swoosh to AAA’s logo wasn’t designed until 1997. Source: discover.aaa.com
3. Coca-Cola “wave” logo
Many of you guessed that vending machine was out of place. The model is too contemporary for the late 60s. I was actually focused on the Coca-Cola logo. This iconic brand’s logo hasn’t changed much in the 124 years since its creation, but the “wave” graphic wasn’t added until 1969—two years after our fictitious postcard date. Source: psdcollector.blogspot.com
4. Postmark cancel date: 29 Feb 1967
This element proved to be the trickiest. Remember the saying: “Thirty days hath September [blah, blah]…28 days makes February fine, but in a Leap Year it has 29”? The year 1967 wasn’t a leap year, so our fictitious postmark cancel is incorrect. Source: onlineconversion.com
If you want to take a look at what the Park Row Lodge really looked like in the 60s, here’s an authentic vintage postcard. Oh…and our winner of this photo puzzler: Mr. Chris Kenison. Have a look at his wonderful photo blog: chriskenison.com. Many thanks to all who played my first photo puzzler! Stay tuned for more contests.