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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

A Paler Shade of White: 1959

A Paler Shade of White: 1959

January 1959. "Majority of photographs concern Dr. John O. Brown, Negro ophthalmologist, and his family, and depicts various forms of racial segregation and integration in Miami. Second part of the job shows Bud and Pat Boyett, with children Vic and Becky, vacationing in Florida." 35mm Kodachrome by Frank Bauman for the Look magazine assignments "Expanding Florida" and "The Negro in Florida: One Man's Progress and the Fight Ahead." View full size.

The Round Hood Medallion

of the Plymouth reveals a 1952, the last year of that styling cycle which began in 1949--'53 and '54 would be greatly warmed over versions with a different "C" pillar. It was also the first year overdrive would be available on the Plymouths.

Gray Plymouth Sedan

It's anywhere from a 1950-1952 model; they didn't change too much between those years. They were good dependable cars whose conservative styling was particularly prized by the midwestern buyer. Many are still driven by 1950s car fanciers, along with their similarly styled cousins Chrysler, De Soto and Dodge.

Brand New

Chevy and Ford convertibles sitting side by side, Impala and Galaxie 500. Ford outsold Chevy in 1959, just as in 1957, and the 59's received the World's Fair award at the Brussels World Fair. I always thought the '59s were beautiful, unlike either the '58 or '60 that bracketed them. My uncle sold Fords from 1925 to 1970 and had a beautiful geranium and white Galaxie that year which we made a trip to Arkansas and Missouri in.

The lady's lovely legs make determining the engine size in the Chevy impossbile--no ornament in the hood center meant a six, a chrome V meant a 283 and the V with crossed flags meant a 348 or 409.

Cars of 1959

The sleek, white 1959 Chevrolet convertible sure looks modern compared to the gray (think it is an Oldsmobile) vehicle it is parked next to. Yet, that car is less than ten years old at this time.
Today you can barely tell a ten year old car from a new one.

 
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