Rand Takes the Train to Portland

Kohler Fountainhead ad

Barbara saw this Kohler ad by San Francisco photographer Mark Holthusen and was struck by the odd juxtaposition of elegant woman and toilet. My immediate reaction was: Isn’t that Portland’s Union Station tower Photoshopped into the background? And isn’t a $4,400 toilet with “integrated bowl lighting” an appropriate item to be named the Fountainhead and sold by an idealized version of Ayn Rand?

HISTORICAL NOTE: Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara was the one who unmasked the use of Barbur Boulevard’s Capitol Hill Motel in a photo illustration accompanying a SPY Magazine article about philandering congressmen.