Saturday, June 06, 2009

Noah's Arch

Hungry For Success

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Sometimes a single image, symbol or word can transcend all cultures and all languages. The golden arches of McDonald’s, the global corporation envisioned and tirelessly promoted by the late Ray Kroc, would have to full into that category of instant global recognition.

This was shot as we walked down Petaling Street, in the Chinatown area of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on a hot July night last year. There’s no language barrier. There’s no need for a translator. More crucially, there’s no ambiguity about the product.

Now that’s what you call great advertising.

And I couldn't resist the chance to post this image below. As we entered Petaling Street, one of the hawk-eyed Authorbloglets pointed out this delivery motorcycle. Now I have to ask the question - do you know of a McDonald's outlet that does home delivery? Seriously?


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49 comments:

Karen said...

LOL ! That's funny...

No, I don't think I've ever seen a McDonald's home delivery service, before ... very enterprising of them :-)

Tiffany Norris said...

I would be in big trouble if our McDonald's delivered!

74WIXYgrad said...

We deliver your heart attack to you. And our special sauce also makes great axle grease.

Abe Lincoln said...

I have always wondered what my life would be like today had I stayed in the Far East. It was a kind of paradise back in the early 1950s if you were an American. I have watched it go through all kinds of development stages until it is almost identical with this country when it comes to shopping. All the big names are there everywhere. Then again, I wonder what would have happened to me and Patty had we gone through with my desire to Homestead in Alaska?

The story about us almost moving to Alaska...

Homesteading in Alaska

tale of many cities said...

so true about the advertising genius of this logo/symbol. and i'm sure my 14 yr old son would die if he saw that mcd's delivered!! LOL ;)

have a great weekend!
-Tracie

jinksy said...

Looks to me as though sombody was jumping on the bandwagon, probably without McDonalds blessing...

Barbaloot said...

I never hit up McDonald's here in the States---but I find in semi-comforting when I'm in foreign lands:)

Nan said...

McD's lasted less than 6 months here. Trinidadians loooove food, and if you pelt a rock you will hit a dozen great restaurants. After the initial McD's excitement had worn off, no-one went back and McD's had to close down. Our local burgers are soooo good.

KFC was smarter. They changed their recipe a little to add some spice, and they include fish during lent. So they are doing well. I don't know if they deliver though!

James said...

When I was in second grade back in 1974 the local McDonalds delivered lunch to my school daily. The strange thing is I can only remember two overweight kids in the whole school. This was before video games.

Shadow said...

they are everywhere, aren't they...

immersion said...

Boggles the mind. Wouldn't the fries be cold and limp?

Sarah Laurence said...

Delivery McD’s sounds scary. Now people won’t even get the exercise of walking to their car. It’s not an American export that fills me with pride.

lakeviewer said...

No! What an unusual thing to see. I'm loving it!

Carol and Chris said...

They do home delivery in Bangkok too and they have statues of Ronald McDonald Wai-ing :-)

C x

Grace Albaugh said...

We can't even get Chinese delivered. I thought everyone was supposed to get Chinese delivery.

If you want to see the happiest boy ever David, check out Mr. E at throughmyhands.blogspot.com He is fabulous!

Moannie said...

I remember the excitement when McDonald opened up in our then, quite small town. I swear it tasted a lot better back then. Have not had one in ages-the aroma tempts me but I can still remember how ill I felt after the last one. My hips are grateful.

Sandi McBride said...

Out here in the country nothing is delivered...I think they're afraid they won't be able to find their way out of the woods! I remember how excited we became as children when we saw those HUGE golden arches that once greeted us as we entered Charlotte,NC or Cleveland Ohio or Tampa Fl...and the first time I saw one downtown London...yes, those golden arches...thanks for the reminder
Sandi

Brian Miller said...

i think supersize me just went to a whole new level...

Maureen said...

McDelivery???? Cool!

At least that's what your food will be once delivered... cool alright.

Sylvia K said...

No, I've never seen a home delivery service here in Washington, probably just as well, too!

Mojo said...

Ya know... I can't ever recall hearing about a McD's that delivered. But if there was one, I'd bet it's in Daryl's neighborhood. She swears you can get anything delivered there.

Love the colors in these (even if the food leaves a little to be desired. then again, it could be worse... I could be forced to spend thousands on gold plated lobster, right?)

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Sniffles and Smiles said...

Wow! That's really cool!!!! Delivery!!! Now, someone is really thinking during these tough economic times!!! Customer service is what'll make the difference!!! Crisp, clean and colorful make for great images!!!! ~Janine

Maggie May said...

McDonalds are everywhere and I think everyone knows the logo.
I wonder if they have one in Timbuktoo?

Janet said...

I once ate at a McDonald's in Germany, and I was so excited to be able to order in German. Then I realized everyone else was ordering in English. It was quite a let-down.

Terry said...

Howdy
There is a Mc Donald's in College Station ,Texas that delivers .
I do not live near there but my son was at a Texas A&M game last year with a friend when they learned that the local McDonald's delivered to the students .
I am glad
ours does not deliver .
It was intresting to learn.
Thank you for sharing these
awesome photos.
Happy Trails

Tranquility said...

Wow - now fast food is even faster! I just have to add that if I were going to make the effort to order out, McDonalds would be the last place I'd choose! ;)

Lee said...

They certainly don't do it in San Antonio, David! I guess it's what ever the market demands. Lovely bright and glistening shots of the night time lights. Leave it to you to brighten my day with the glitter of night. :-)

Cheers!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Must be a huge huge huge Big Mac in there! ~ Eddie

Photo Cache said...

That's very eye catching. I like the vibrant red here.

SweetPeaSurry said...

Oddly enough, I've been hearing about McD's toying with the idea of delivery! I'd love that, because I'm lazy about my fast food that way!

blessings!

Artist Unplugged said...

That arch logo is right up there with the Coca Cola logo....pretty international. I have never heard of McDelivery, they must live close together in that city. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs Cindy OFarrell said...

Aloha:)
Ahhh..good ole McDonald's! I've been to Malaysia and actually ate at a McDonald's.

Happy Photohunting to you!
Cindy O
http://upcountrysmiles.com

Sarah Lulu said...

No I have never seen home deliver!

God save us from it.

Betsy said...

Now I want fries! :)

Seamus said...

I personally don't partake of the Mickey D fare, but the sign is certainly iconic.

Hilary said...

Now that's the epitome of a bad lifestyle. Not only partaking in junk food but having it delivered. I never woulda thunk it. Great shots. :)

uncleawang said...

Look like you had a great time in KL,Malaysia:)
Next visit Kuching my town.

Deb said...

When we were in Hyderabad, India last year we saw the McDonald's delivery bike there also. Rather surprised that the idea hasn't spread over here to the US - but also glad that it has not. In the small town in which I live we have no delivery of any type of food - and that is okay with me.

Daryl said...

Seriously there is one McD's in midtown Manhattan that does indeed deliver!

But what's that .. how do Ozzies spell RESTAURANT?

Teena in Toronto said...

All you need to see is the golden arches and you know!

I played too :)

gengen said...

Hhehehe McDonald delivering unheard of that...Good take for the theme. Happy weekend. Mine is ready.

i beati said...

did not know that wow sandy

CRIZ LAI said...

I had some delivered to my house always... LOL! Well, most people here are quite afraid to be caught in a jam, thus the idea of home/office delivery was a good alternative for them to boost up sales. :)

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srp said...

Now McDelivery is a new one on me. I do understand that the fare served at McDonalds around the world has some alterations for the foods and tastes of the region. But, how much can you change a cheeseburger? My hunt is up here.

nasha said...

hi ...
i'm from malaysia...here we have mcdonald's delivery service...its easy and save time...they can deliver to our offices, homes and even school...so far it has been a great service

☆Willa☆ said...

yup! let the "arch" do the talking!
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introspection said...
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introspection said...

It's tough times for every one.
So Mc D is delivering. We have a KFC close to my house, though I dont do KFC in India, but I am told they have fusion menu with KFC. You can have a "KFC Thali", if you know what that is.
But the best is in the middle- eastern countries. They have Mc Donlad, KFC, Pizza Hut, Fuddruckers, etc all supplying Halal Meat to its customers where ever meat is used. I guess it takes all this to capture customres world wide.

cheers!

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