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Local Color: 1950s

Local Color: 1950s

Here we see Mr. Lange on the right in San Diego, probably near Cardiff. tterrace says, "Plymouth station wagon, somewhere between 1949-1952 model. Fabulous two-tone paint combo." 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

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The Riddler

I love the "question mark" tie tack.

Reasonable Question

Which one is the used car salesman and which is the customer?

Plymouth Wagons

We had a 1954 Plymouth wagon, it had sliding rear windows. It was blue and as I recalled it burned up about 1965 or 66. No they don't make 'em like that anymore. Which in that case is a good thing.

Leaving the trees

Certain trees don't need winters that are "so cold" to lose their leaves. They just need to be deciduous. And the leaves weren't green when they fell off.

Also, re: Kodachrome. You really can't appreciate its wonderfulness thoroughly unless you see it projected or viewed by transmitted light, like it was intended to be.

Leaves that are green

Fall off the trees apparently, unless the ones in the background are some kind of leafless genus unknown on the East Coast. I didn't know winters were so cold in San Diego.


Was the camera's Love Potion #9. It made it see its subjects in the most optimistic light.

48 Pontiac

Would be my guess on the blue car in the foreground.

Gray Packard

It's partially visible through windows showing the station wagon's steering wheel, likely a 1946-47 four-door sedan; there still are a few of them in San Diego.

Celebrity sighting

Hey, isn't that Kevin Costner on the right?


Great cars, yes, yes - but these chaps are turned out so nicely. I wish that was still the way we dressed.


Whoa - missed the wire wheels when I was raving! Presumably faux, but still, an additional sharpness point.


1952-55 CA plate with what looks to be the 1953 tab to go with those 1953 clothes, so sharp they could put someone's eye out.

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