Ten years ago today the world changed when the United States of America was the target of a terrorist attack. Various news outlets will be running stories of remembrance and telling tales of how much life has changed for all of us. On this solemn occasion GeriADtric will look back at the advertisements of the Tuesday, September 11, 2001 Washington Post Special Late Edition.
This special late edition reprinted most of the news of the day, but the front section was dedicated to the attacks. While the stories changed to reflect the new crisis, the advertisements stayed the same.
Security was heightened in the nation's capitol, the government shut down, and Masters Tuxedo was having a Warehouse Sale.
President Bush cut short his trip in Florida to return home, stating, "Terrorism Will Not Stand." Cingular Wireless offered to help spread the message with unlimited calling every night and all weekend long for only $29.99.
It was "Like a War Zone" in New York City as the Twin Towers fell. But Anti-Aging Superstars About-Time were now available at Giant.
The attacks were an act of war, but just who was the enemy? This question lingered longer than anyone expected. Even ten years later there are still questions. Macy's was there to lend support with a 15% off coupon on a single clearance item.
The FAA shut down all airports and E-Trade had a 3.5% money market account.
With the airports closing it seemed a sure thing everyone would have time to organize their closets.
Horrendous loss feared in New York Terrorist attacks. Next to a gripping image of New York rescue workers emerging from the dust and debris of the World Trade Center carrying a victim of the attacks was a happy person breathing pristine air thanks to The Nuclear Energy Institute. Fortunately there was no nuclear device involved that day.
Market trading was suspended, but that was OK because Chevy Chase Bank had free online banking with bill payment!
The Post returned to it's pre-terror attack format, as though nothing had ever happened that day. There are three editorials about the event. Out of all the ads on the front section of the Special Late Edition (of which I have shared a portion) only two are related to national defense in any way. One from Lockheed Martin and one from Boeing, both for planes.