Vintage Ad Corner: Can A Woman Over 35 Find Happiness? Polycrest (Ladies' Home Journal, October 1966)
Can A Woman Over 35 Find Happiness With A Carpet of Polycrest in Her Dining Room?
This is the original ad copy from a Polycrest carpet ad as appeared in the October 1966 issue of Ladies' Home Journal.
It was Marlena's 35th birthday. The gifts have been coming all day. A baby elephant from Sabul. A 35-foot yacht from J. Paul Huntington. And from Baby Face Caruso, diamond earrings (which he asked her not to wear in public.) The last girl arrived. An exquisite gold cart of Polycrest olefin for her dining room. There was a short note which read: "Don't worry about the price - it looks twice what I paid for it." There was no name.
Dinner at eight, Otto, the General, brought pink champagne and spilled it all over the Polycrest. Commander Whitebread offered his silk handkerchief.
"I say," he muttered, "it's absolutely smashing the way this rug doesn't stain. I simply must get it for the Officer's Club."
Sabul raved about the deep, lofty pile. "A stampede of elephants couldn't wear this carpet down."
J. Paul had never seen such beautiful color. "It will go into all 38 of my mansions across the country."
It was then the toasts began. With each toast, each and every one proposed marriage. Marlena had waited a long, long time for this moment.
Juan begged: "Come away with me to my castle in Spain."
Otto entreated, "Come mit me for a Watch on the Rhine."
But good old Joe came up with the best proposal of all. "Marlena," he said. "Run barefoot with me through carpets of Polycrest, forever."
(She said yes.)