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The Mrs., the baby, and the baby.

55chevybelairOkay, you tried and you tried to get everything that’s important to you together in one photograph and with limited success it appears as though you achieved your goal. However, the viewfinders of those old cameras probably told you that day that everything was okay, but when you got the prints back you quickly discovered that the film itself captured your baby (1955 Chevy Bel Air) wearing no wheel covers. I hope your kid grew up to be a better car guy than you! This is a tragedy!

 

Gotta be Easter Sunday

55oldssuper88

Love these “Sunday best” photographs people used to take. If this family was anything like mine, then this shot was taken on Easter Sunday just before mass when everyone looked their absolute best. And to get to church on time? These folks did it in their 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88!

Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 10.21.11 AMDID YOU KNOW: I worked in the visual arts for GM ad agencies for nearly all my career and I included the color illustration of the featured vehicle to show you what folks in the business always referred to as “The Detroit side of the car”. The folks in the black and white photograph are positioned in front of the vehicle –– where you or I would pose your family for this type of photo. The illustration, on the other hand, was done by the advertiser (Oldsmobile) and no way could they allow people to block the view of their fine sheet metal, so they were painted on the “Detroit side”, or behind the vehicle. And it’s still done to this day.

Curly

57 ford custom 300

No matter how adorable your little (daughter/niece/grandchild) may be, you must never forget that when cars and humans are together in one photograph, frame your shot to include the entire automobile. This is essential. Kids are a dime a dozen – 1957 Ford Custom 300s are not.

“Gimme the camera, you stand there, smile”

59 chevy

It’s not very often that I come across two photos from obviously the same day, location, etc. but I do it from time to time. Well-dressed couple here out for a spring drive and amateur  photo shoot in the mountains somewhere — nice to see that they shared the camera privileges. And so professional of them to have included both the front and rear of this fine [now] collector car, the classic 1959 Chevy Impala.

First spring bath, c 1970s

mandy beth mustang II ready

Here is a great shot of two young ladies, Beth and Mandy, standing by the family’s newly-washed 1975 Mustang 2+2. To fully understand why anyone would clean their car so well when there’s still snow on the ground you’d have to be from Michigan. Comparatively speaking, there is more salt on the roads in the mitten state than there is in the worst fast food burger on the planet x 1000. Salt and cars don’t go well together.

P.S. (from the owner) “bought as company used vehicle when I worked at Ford…4 speed manual with four cylinder engine, burgundy interior…all stock including tires and wheels…”

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