by Joshua Foust on 1/13/2008 · 4 comments

An advertisement from 1979, by Pakistan International Airlines, noting service to New York City.

Pakistan International Airlines loves New York

Now with extra irony. Is that French? Oh yes it is.

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Steve LeVine January 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Is this definitely authentic? If so, very eerie.

Michael Hancock January 14, 2008 at 10:51 pm

It seems believable enough to me. The towers were thought as such an icon and not as vulnerable symbols of American power, and the fact that the advertisement is in French adds to its credibility, for me at least. In any event, it’s been a good conversation starter all afternoon – Thanks, Josh!

Davíd January 15, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Woah man

JadenKale January 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm

I would have to say it’s authentic, only because it was created in the late ’70s and as Michael said, it’s in French. That is an unusual happenstance. The foreshadowing is indeed spooky. Thank you for sharing that.

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