Sanitorium or Sunny Cruise?

This great image is from a 1937 ad for the Italian Line of ocean liners.  Their ads from the late 1930s seemed to always feature blue ocean and a ship bathed in sunlight.  It’s especially appealing since our weather here in the East has been frigid the entire month of January.  Most years we have a few days of 60 degree temperatures, but it wasn’t until yesterday that we reached that mark.  It was an extraordinary day, with crystal blue skys and a mild breeze.

Today, we were back to the ice box, but despite a forecast for overcast skys, there was plenty of that beautiful sunshine.  I decided to take a few minutes and pretend I was on this ship sailing into the sun.  So I got out the electric blanket, set my lawn chair in a sunny corner of the porch, wrapped up and enjoyed being an ocean liner passenger.  Then my husband appeared and asked why I was pretending to be a TB patient at a sanitorium!


Posted by Katherine:

You crack me up! I’m sitting here alone at my computer laughing out loud at your last line and wishing someone were here to laugh with me. Your husband is a hoot! Wrapping up in a blanket and sitting in the January sun pretending to be on an ocean liner – splendid idea! I’m going to try it out on my patio as soon as the foot of snow there melts. That could be May though, since I’m in Boston and we are expecting another 8″ tomorrow. I think I’ll put on my ocean soundscdand go sit on the heat vent. I’ll pretend I’m basking on a beach in 1937 Havana.

Tuesday, January 27th 2009 @ 7:18 AM

Posted by Lizzie:

Katherine, that’s funny! I should have thought of the ocean sounds CD. And I’ll take Havanna over the sanitorium any day.

Tuesday, January 27th 2009 @ 7:12 PM


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