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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

From Carole to Clark

From Carole to Clark

In the late 1960s I was responsible for marketing and press relations for Gene Zimmerman's Automobilorama in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and its collection of some 250 antique vehicles, from the beauty you see above to a limo with a toilet ("miser queen" Hetty Green's one-legged son's car). That's me on the running board with others from the marketing firm. I was bemused by the sign's explanation that Lombard, who appeared in more than 60 films, bought Gable the car "before her fatal plane crash". It wasn't until nine years later but her death was quite tragic as Google will explain, occurring at the end of a U.S. War Bond drive in 1942. View full size.

Re Best car EVER

I think what's remarkable is not that Mattie decided to take that photo but that it's still available for Shorpyization. The reason Ned Green had half of his legs missing is that after he injured his knee sledding, Mrs. G dressed him and herself in poor clothes and took him to a medical school charity ward looking for free medical care. But she was recognized so she treated him herself. The leg became infected and had to go. Which also describes Ned now and then in his potted limo.

Best car EVER

Don, I visited Automobilorama as a 14-year-old in 1975. That Ned Green car was my favorite. I took a snapshot with my trusty Instamatic.

Guess my mind wandered again

My boss (guy in car), Don Rich: "I know it's August and hot everywhere, but tonight's big shindig at Zimmerman's museum is something special, so I don't want to see any of you wearing shortsleeve shirts and I am talking to you, Mr. Struke."

 
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