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Family Vacation: 1951

Family Vacation: 1951

"Burt Lake, 1951." Our young man with color-coordinated Plymouth and travel trailer, and Mama at the wheel. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

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Shiawassee St. in Owosso

was my home for the first 5 years of my life, until, for health reasons we moved to St. Augustine Beach Florida. Dad was driving a Plymouth of similar vintage, pulling a trailer much like the one in the photo. We (Mom, Dad, and 2-year old brother) lived on the beach near the old fishing pier through the winter and following spring.

Old Plymouth with 97 H.P.

I think we followed this car up the mountain pass west of Denver until Dad cussed and finally passed it.

Here's hoping

I keep checking in on these pics of this little fellow hoping to see a "Hey that's my Dad/Grandad/Uncle Jack" type of post from someone in the family. They're such great pictures not to be enjoyed or even known about by the family.

Shiawassee County Free Fair

The five-day festival held every August at McCurdy Park in Corruna, Michigan, was first called the "Free Fair" in 1951, according to a 2000 article in the Owosso, MI, Argus-Press. Located midway between Flint (to the east), Lansing (to the west), and Saginaw (to the north), in the 1950s rural Shiawassee County was in the eye of a hurricane of GM-driven urban industrial growth.

Corunna, Mich.

The bumper "sticker" (actually a piece of cardboard wired in place) say CORUNNA, Mich. - a small town about 22 miles due west of Flint in the southern part of the lower peninsula.

Wonder what event was going on from August 13 to 18 in 1951?

I am about the same age as the lad in the photo - time sure does fly.

The Bumper Sticker Says

Something about Corunna, Michigan. I think the first line -- hard to read -- may say be "Shiawasee Co. Free Fair." Corunna is between Lansing and Flint and this year the county fair took place from August 5-11. I think our young man is my age so he's not a young man anymore -- maybe 65ish if he's still in the land of the living. May it be so.

Time & design

That 1951 trailer is not quite as elegant as its 1936 brother farther down. Although it might well be much easier to make.

I wonder what the 1951 speed limit was on cars towing trailers?

Pure Michigan

Burt Lake is the giveaway (or the bumper sticker). Our 1951 family is pure Michigan.

Location Michigan

Or at least that's where our young man and his family are vacationing. Burt Lake State Park is in the northern part of the Michigan glove. Love how the Plymouth (I think it's a 1950 model) and the camping trailer kind of match.

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