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One-Chevy Home: 1964

One-Chevy Home: 1964

My dad was born in Maryland and lived there until he was 12. In 1964 he and my mother visited old family friends the Winklers in Silver Spring. This is their house where they stayed, my mother Janice sitting on the front steps. She was pregnant with my sister at the time. View full size.

Reminds me of grandma's "56"

My grandmother bought a brand new blue and white '56 just like the one in your photo from Luby Chevrolet in Baltimore, Md.; she drove it till 1968

Snow Tires

It seems the snow tires were on the rear only. Cool car; my mom had a green '56 Chevy 110 two door around the same time but in Burbank, CA.

One last picture of Gist Ave.

There's a sign on the right hand side of the street that says "Hardware C.S. Youngblo..." Youngblood? The sign actually might be on the side of a van parked in a driveway. When I first saw it I thought it was on the lawn of a house.

Tires

The car has the winter snow tires left on it. This was common to leave them on on the spring if they were too warn to make it through another winter anyway. Today many people falsely believe that radial tires are just as good as snow tires and while it is true that they do good in snow they are NOT as good as a real snow tire for winter driving.

The Photo

The picture is a 35mm slide. Dad took all of his pictures back then with a Leica camera and always made the images into slides. This year my sister took a bunch of them and digitized them so they could be viewed on the computer.

The photo

Is it a print? A 35mm slide? Ektachrome? Kodachrome? Colorized? Sanforized?

Two more pictures

Here's a couple more views. Note these do not have the awning. My parents went to DC in the Spring of '64 so they must have just been getting ready for summer. That would also explain why someone noticed snow tires still on the Chevy. (although I have no idea how anyone could tell this from the picture!)

Where Dad grew up

This is the house my Dad, William Winter, grew up in until he was 12. He just sent me the following to share. His best friend was Jackie Evans back then. Perhaps some of the Evanses still live in the area.

"Jacky (John Wilfred Evans) I think lived @ 127 Gist. Had a sister Joan and another that I can't remember the name. Tommy Day lived a couple streets away. His dad was head of the bank of Silver Spring in the forties. Carlista just called and said Jacky's other sister was (Ginny) Virginia."


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Shades vs. A/C

1964, all windows and the porch are shaded to keep heat out of the house while having the windows open for a little breeze. Today, no shades because most dwellings are equipped with air conditioning. I wonder if the current residents realize that keeping the shades would render a lower summer utility bill? Apparently not.

[Awnings are a huge maintenance hassle, especially in places that get snow. - Dave]

The Silver Spring Gals

The blooming azaleas set the time as late spring.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Nora Roberts or Connie Chung wandering by on their way to attending Montgomery Blair High School.

Goldie Hahn might be heading over to her folks' watch store on Georgia Avenue.

Paint job

Note matching car and fire hydrant paint!

Snow tires

in the summertime? Car's in great shape for an 8-year-old.

Re: Remarkable!

The fire hydrant is still there, just out of the frame that was posted. Looks like they may have moved it over from the edge of the driveway. Probably was backed into on more than one occasion.

bazzil

How did you manage to find that?

'56 Chevy 210 V8

The chrome side trim goes all the way back. My mom had a 210 Handyman (two-door station wagon--not a Nomad). Wish I had it today!

Gist Avenue

My family lived on Gist Avenue when I was born. When I was very little, I thought all houses looked like the one in the picture.

Change of atmosphere

I notice they have bars over the lower right window now, a bit of a shame I think, a sign of modern times... Google streetview certainly doesn't give off the same kind of atmosphere that the photo from 1964 does!

1956 Chevrolet

The car still has the snow tires installed on it from the previous Winter season. Either that, or the owner leaves them on all year long.

1956 Chevy 210

Radius, I believe that is a 210 not a 150.

Remarkable!

The only thing missing today is the fire hydrant.

That Porch!

I could just imagine sitting on that lovely porch sipping a mint julep or iced tea, perhaps during a summer thunderstorm!
Looks like the good folks from Capitol Awning paid a visit there sometime in the past...
http://www.shorpy.com/node/6465

Could this be the place?

Radius

Lovely picture, a nice comfortable looking house and a nice V8 150 [right?] coupe in the drive. Getting a car into that clever garage explains the size of the driveway. Not easy I'm sure, especially late at night or in the snow. Thanks, twaits, for letting us visit. Can't wait for someone to find a picture of the house today.

Thanks for the correction ----- mulled it over for a bit and just wasn't sure. Glad my fellow Shorpy fans set me straight and glad to see the house is still looking good after all this time!

BTW, wonder why the window in the porch gable was changed.

 
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