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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Cadillac Visit: 1964

Cadillac Visit: 1964

My mother's parents are seen here getting ready to drive home to Sacramento after a weekend visit in 1964. We lived in the San Francisco East Bay hills for over 20 years and this house had a wonderful panoramic view of the Bay. San Francisco can be seen in the left distance as can the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance at right. Grandpa's car was a 1958 Cadillac - he was a Cadillac man for years. The car down the street is a c.1954 Nash Ambassador. As a toddler I would stand out on our deck and stare out at that incredible view. View full size.

Thanks for the comments

Yes, it was the extreme north end of El Cerrito, maybe even East Richmond Heights. I would assume that we had gone to church that morning and that explains the dress code. I have at least one other photo of the Cadillac parked there and I think it did have curb feelers. One can imagine that the men like my grandfather, men of the whitewall era, were expert at curbside parking without scuffing their car's whitewalls. Gramp's previous car was a '55-'56 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. My mother took the photo from the end of the deck that went off of the north end of the house. I used to stand up there, on a picnic table bench that my mother pushed up to that end of the deck, and stare out at that view when I was a toddler--no doubt why I love a good view to this day. Yes, Gramp looked like Earl Warren!

[Here's the other photo. - tterrace]

Suit and tie?

Well into the 70's, when my parents would come for a visit, Dad would always be dressed exactly this way. Seemed perfectly natural seeing the photo.

Dream Car

I.WANT.THIS.CAR.

Very evocative

Especially since I lived in the East Bay as a child and by 1964 I was living in Sacramento. One thing that struck me though, was the idea that this gentleman, after a weekend visit and prior to a long drive, would be wearing a suit and tie. Still dressed for church, perhaps?

Whitewalls

In my opinion, Grandpa parked dangerously close to the sidewalk, and those whitewall tires are in danger. I would advise some curb feelers.

Fortunate Son!

How fortunate to have experienced such a spectacular vista while growing-up. The beauty of that perspective must have inspired you.

1958: Swan song for Harley Earl

58 was the last model year GM products were designed under the direction of ‘Misterl.’ Earl had made it clear he wanted the 59s to be more of the 58s. While he was sunning himself on the French Riviera in 1956, GM design staff got a peek at the 57 Chrysler product line (Virgil Exner’s ‘forward look’) at the Warren, Michigan assembly plant. Panic set in and Bill Mitchell, minding the GM design department in Earl’s absence, told staff in all five divisions to disregard Earl’s wishes and to start from scratch with the 59 products. Upon his return to Detroit Earl quietly acquiesced to the changes made in his absence, given that Mitchell had secured the support of senior GM management. The posted Caddy has Harley Earl written all over it---in capital letters. Every feature is massive, bold and in-your-face pretentiousness with lots of chrome. I love it.

Judicious comment

If I didn't know better, I'd think your granddad was U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice (and former California governor) Earl Warren.

What a view

What a wonderful place to grow up in!!

Wonderful

Love the picture. Thanks so much for sharing.

Location

Shorpy, this appears to be El Cerrito, fairly high up on the hill.

 
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