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American Dream: 1960

American Dream: 1960

"Two-car families." Columbus, Georgia, circa 1960. Three Fords, an Oldsmobile and a Pontiac. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

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The Help?

It's possible that the cars belong to the teens in the families or the hired help.

Chicago area.

This architecture is characteristic of Chicago, where I grew up. The brick and the stone, the awnings, even the garage door design, makes me believe this photograph was taken, perhaps, in the Sauganash neighborhood. I have a hard time believing it is Georgia. Maybe that explains other comments about the rusted cars.

Hey, what's the deal?

None of these cars have smashed into each other.

[It's not in Oakland. -tterrace]

The Ford center frame

judging by the rust, is visiting from Detroit or Buffalo

That '55 Ford

Has seen some hard times in its five years on the earth--looks more like it should in 1965.

Chrome memories

I learned to drive using a 1958 Pontiac Star Chief 4-door (4-speed automatic, 370 cubic inch 4-barrel) that was loads of fun to drive. And the chrome! My, oh my, the chrome!

Rust Bucket

The 1955 Ford seems to have a lot of rust for living five years in the inland south (no road salt, no ocean air).

In 1965 I bought a 1955 Ford (Florida car, no radio - no heater) off of the Pentagon bulletin board and it had no rust. (purchased for $25.00.. sold 18 months [and one very cold winter] later for $25.00)

Wonder if the '55 could be a transplant from the rust belt??

Country Squire

The wagon may be a 1960 Ford Country Squire, need to see a bit more to be certain.

[There's enough showing that we'd be able to see a sliver of the faux-wood side panel if it were, so this is a Ranch Wagon or Country Sedan. -tterrace]

But Ward!

My Bridge Club is due to arrive at any moment and Wally parked his Jalopy right in front of the house!

Day Labor

The two Fords in the foreground don't seem to fit the neighborhood. I suspect they belong to the masons laying the new brick garage behind the two story on the right.

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