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California or Bust

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Looks like someone just got to California by the power of their 1948 Packard Super Eight. And she’s awfully darn happy about it too. Oh, and next time, kindly get the entire car in frame — yes, she’s a pretty lady yes, but the car….. the car is gorgeous and worthy too!

“Grandma Poses”

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Look at that “I-don’t-take-no-s***-from-anybody” stance. That “Hurry up with that camera, buster, or we’ll be late” look on her face. Her attitude: pure gangsta rappa, her ride: a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air (V8). My kinda grandma. And if I’m not mistaken, the interior door panels and seats of this car came with a pattern option styled much like her dress! Go Gramma!

Human hood ornament

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On a scale of 1 to 10 for photo content on this blog, I’ll give it a solid 9 with only one point off for not centering your subjects. Just a great shot. Young family posing with their new car — maybe even the day they brought it home, who knows. When you park it on the lawn, and put a kid on its hood –the world is undoubtedly your oyster. The car? I’m going with a 1955 Pontiac Chieftain. Nice!

“Dad… dad…..dad…. um.. dad.”

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I often wonder what was going on in the minds of the people taking these old photos. To capture a moment in time? A simple object, an achievement, or maybe he or she just needed to finish off the roll to get the pictures into the lab for processing (that’s how we used to do it you know). We can only speculate in this instance but it looks to me as if this particular photographer wanted a picture of his prized 1956 Chevrolet 210 Series Sport Sedan and his son was doing all he could to distract him from it. Nothin doing! He cropped the kid, but got the whole car!

Toad

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We’ve all seen the coming of age, George Lucas movie “American Graffiti” so I probably won’t have to tell you about Charles Martin Smith’s role as “The Toad”. This photo here is NOT one of Mr. Smith, but it is a real-life example of what George Lucas probably envisioned when he cast that role back in 1973. Ladies and gentlemen may I present to you the real “Toad” standing with his 1957  Chevrolet Bel Air sedan.

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