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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Somewhere in New Mexico: 1956

Somewhere in New Mexico: 1956

On the road back to California from Florida, May 28, 1956. Cropped left side of image as it had the "end of roll" light leak. I'll bet the train was long enough for my dad to stop the car, get out the camera and have my mom pose. View full size.

Auto model before 1954

The car model year might be 52 or 53. Having no panoramic windshield eliminates newer model years. A beautiful car nevertheless.

[It's a 1953 Buick Super. -tterrace]

Beautiful buick

When you could name every make of car from a block or two away. Like the new commercial says "That doesn't look like a Buick." And that is too bad because in the 50's they looked so much more appealing than they do now.

 
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