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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Space Ranger: 1953

Space Ranger: 1953

One of a series of professional 8x10 pictures taken in August 1953 for Better Living Magazine, featuring my in-laws. Here's my brother-in-law at age 5. View full size.

At the other end

If I recall correctly, the 'exhaust' on these rockets was (or resembled) the taillight lens of a 1953 Ford.

Horse rides for a penny

...are still available at my favorite King Soopers grocery stores in CO Springs! Alas, they are far too small for me to ride, now that I have all the pennies I want.

"There she is..."

I'm wondering if the partially obscured poster in the window that mentions a "Boardwalk Parade" is for the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City? It seems to feature a tiara on a cushion.

[It was part of the 1953 event. -tterrace]

The most awesome ride ever!

There is a video of this ride in action here:

http://microcarmuseum.com/video/rocketship.html

This must have seemed incredible for a kid in 1953!

Pleeeeaaaaase may I have a dime?

To the right is the horse ride. My all time favorite. My poor mother couldn't get me out of the Woolworth store without me begging for a ride. They had a handsome one with a real leather saddle like the one in the picture. It was right by the bulk candy bins and popcorn popper. How I miss Woolworth.

Headlamp II

I have a question for "bravo tango".
Your photos show these lenses were produced by Van Brode, a one-time major supplier of plastic utensils from my father's hometown. Some claim that they were the inventor of the "spork".
They have since gone out of business and I'm curious where you obtained the lenses. Were they an aftermarket item since I don't see any Ford logos? If they are aftermarket I find it interesting that Van Brode produced auto items at one time.

[I attached the photo, found on an eBay auction. -tterrace]

Headlamp

That is a 1952 Ford parking lamp being used as a headlamp.

That nose

It almost looks like it was made from a Studebaker grille.

 
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