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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Boogie Woogie: 1940

The Boogie Woogie: 1940

June 1940. "Some of the younger Osceola migratory camp members who have come to the Belle Glade post office for their mail." From photos by Marion Post Wolcott documenting a Farm Security Administration camp for migrants working in Florida's vegetable fields and tomato canneries. View full size.

 

Nice rat rod

'30-'31 Ford roadster, missing its instrument cluster fascia and, no doubt, a few other things. Can't believe it looks so bad after only a few years, but car design had made huge advances since 1927, when the Model A was designed.

Today, this would not be out of place in a hot rod show. There are actually custom car painters who specialize in adding what they call "patina," which means fake rust. Don't know why. Real rust is cheap enough, and easy to find.

Wind wings-

Her 1930-31 Ford Model A Roadster once had them, as evidenced by the empty bracket at the base of her folded windshield; in this view the bracket looks something like an airplane propeller with two blades. My Model A Ford still has them in place, which secures the glass by compression of the screw holding the bracket. Hope someone, somewhere is still enjoying The Boogie Woogie car.

Needs another tag

Pretty Girls, to be specific. She's a real looker.

[Done. - Dave]

Times Change

This would be "Far-Out" 35 years later.

 
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