Auto catalogs have always been sensuous sales tools, managing to make even the smallest utilitarian cars look luxurious. These days it’s done with extreme photography and computer-enhanced imagery. In 1936 it was done through the most elegant of Art-Deco artwork.
Just look at that illustration, and never mind the car – I want the HOUSE. That’s like a streamlined Hollywood movie set, complete with Jay Gatsby driving the Olds, which looks to be about half a block long. Just an illusion. It’s a tiny 2-door coupe.
It’s got great art-deco trimmings, from the hood ornament to the lights. But look closer at that back seat. It’s actually two seats that fold down SIDEWAYS. Your back-seat passengers would be facing each other — not facing forward. Certainly an interesting way to travel with a friend, and clearly seat belts hadn’t been invented yet.