Classic Captions – The 1934 Chrysler Airflow Edition


Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post. This is a series of posts that are set to run this time each week, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous, snarky, or thought provoking caption that is some how tied in with the image. This week we are traveling back to the 1930s with a very period image…


Last week, we had an image of a Mod British Couple, and the responses were rather amusing, and we had a tie for the most popular caption. The first one is from long time fan Tanshanomi, who was thinking about a classic movie: “Few people know that the 1969 film The Italian Job was initially set to star Steve Allen, Julie London and the Ford Cortina GT Mk II, until the producers gave the entire project a talent overhaul.” It was a very strong entry, so congrats Tanshanomi!


Tied with Tanshanomi is Irishzombieman, and he was set up by dwbf11 with this comment: “Witty caption to follow, but why is this Cortina pictured with LHD for a British ad? Or was this some attempt to sell the gogo lifestyle and British product over here in ‘Muhrica?” To which Irishzombieman replied: “Fixed” with the image seen on the right. Even the Cortina Plate faces in the correct direction, so congratulations Irishzombieman!

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks image. This was an Advertising Image for the 1934 Chrysler Airflow featuring a rather well-off Family of the 1930s with a Nurse (not a Baby Sitter, or a Nanny) caring for the two children, whose names apparently are Joan and Bobby. This is a very period image from the Depression Era, but the family looks like it is weathering the financial storm. Who do you think all these people are anyway? Relatives, Workers, Housekeepers? Only you can identify these moochers, and have fun doing so. (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate entries, and after contemplating our own caption, we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this interesting image

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

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23 responses to “Classic Captions – The 1934 Chrysler Airflow Edition”

  1. $kaycog Avatar

    Congratulations to Tanshanomi and Irishzombieman on their winning captions! For both of you, here's a red Ford Cortina as shown by a lady in red.
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    1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

      <img src=""&gt; Here's a mod TV show for all three of you (BatShitBox, I loved yours especially – honorary win from me). T, that was funny and IZM, oyu even flipped the plate, EVEN FLIPPED THE PLATE, that takes skill.
      Now who's who in that photo though?

      1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar


  2. Devin Avatar

    Dave's fertility treatments were like his car: Ahead of their time, but probably not what people really needed in 1934.

  3. $kaycog Avatar

    Joan and Bobby didn't think the Chrysler Airflow was exactly saucy………….so seesaw they did.

  4. skitter Avatar

    The Quiet Child Seat (Just Stick Them In And Throw It Up On The Roof!) never really caught on, even with the boarding school set.

  5. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

    Pretty sure that's a Volvo dude.

    1. fodder650 Avatar

      What makes you think the car is male?

      1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
        ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

        Brah, Ima not sayin dat, bil is a common noun ya hear.

        1. fodder650 Avatar

          Look when I dragon a Volvo/Chrysler Airflow I'd prefer to think of it as female. Otherwise it just ruins it for me.

  6. engineerd Avatar

    After the stock market crash, the Vanderbilts tried so hard to feel the pain of their less-fortunate countrymen. Unfortunately, downgrading to a Chrysler and buying their children a new seesaw from the Sears catalog was not enough to convince people that they were "in touch".

  7. mdharrell Avatar

    "You see, children, it's a far superior design that's sure to be a success as soon as everyone becomes comfortable with its avant-garde appearance. Just like our new Chrysler."

  8. ReneM Avatar

    "The new Chrysler Airflow less interesting than watching children seesaw."

  9. fodder650 Avatar

    Taking Mom and Dad to the nursing home was simple in our Airflow. We just locked them inside the streamlined steel coffin and gave them the last views they would ever see of the family. The begged and pleaded to stay but thanks to the Chrysler sound proofing we barely heard their complaints. Now we just have to wait patiently until the life insurance check comes and and we an afford that Imperial we really wanted.

    1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

      This, oh dear gummy worms, this pleeeeeeease!!!

  10. Matador Avatar

    "Bobby, Joan dear, please come in off the oil derrick before you get our wealth all over yourselves."

  11. P161911 Avatar

    Bobby, Joan, We're not leaving until you can derive an equation for the curve of the grill at least!

  12. Pidgeonsplatz Avatar

    Here we see a picture of early wind tunnel testing, for the new Chrysler Airflow. The fan is powered by children of employees.

  13. fodder650 Avatar

    Mr. and Mrs. Mopar looked over perfect little American dream. Nurse Reliant looked over the kids, Walter and Leah. While Mr. Mopar's concubine Lady Volare hid out of sight of Mrs Mopar. He knew she would be there to give him the rusty Desoto as soon as they made it to Aspen. All he had to do now was to dump his parents off in their Airstream out back and he would be in like Flynn.

  14. MVEilenstein Avatar

    "Last one still on the see-saw gets to go home in the Airflow. The loser has to stay here at the orphanage!"

  15. Vairship Avatar

    The Great Depression ruined many financially. Others, however, needed no help. Buying a big house as the stock market cratered, buying an Airflow that would end up having a resale value of approximately a penny, buying a flimsy portable teeter-totter would all seem bad enough by themselves. But they never saw the lawn darts coming…

  16. Aarfy Aardvark Avatar
    Aarfy Aardvark

    The Barrow-Parker gang takes a well-deserved rest from their various criminal endeavors to idly pass the time while the Airflow awaits its turn in line at the local Quik-Lube for servicing and bullet hole repairs.

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