Some True Value Hardware Love For Valentine's Day

Two evenings ago, as we were snowed/iced in during winter storm Pax, I happened across the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation starring Chevy Chase. The movie details the Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park. Along the way, there are several adventures and disasters that happen to the Griswold family.

I just happened to turn it to the movie during one of the scenes that features Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) having a picnic lunch with his family on the side of the road. They’re eating sandwiches when Clark spots “The Girl in the Red Ferrari” played by Christie Brinkley. She shows up several times along the trip and Griswold leaves the reality that he is in as he daydreams about “the girl.”

In this particular scene though… it wasn’t Christie Brinkley that caught my eye. Take a look and see what you see. (Forgive my shaky video from my iPhone and TV)

Did you spot it?

This classic movie from 1983 featured a big True Value Hardware Tractor Trailer in the background for a major part of the scene! I’d love to know the story behind how this happened. Who is the driver leaning up against it. Check out that old-school TruTest Paint logo. No idea what type of lawn mower that is in the second ad, but it reminds us that True Value used to be the World’s Largest Hardware Chain!


Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone. Remember:


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