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Dodge for 1959

Dodge for 1959

Columbus, Georgia, 1958. "Salesmen and 1959 Dodge." 4x5 acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.


Mid-Century Design

One cannot help being amused at the elaborate styling on this vehicle - look at the ribbed housings around the turn signals, for example.

However, just the other day I walked by a modern car with a complex headlight arrangement underneath the streamlined cover that looked like a slide projector on steroids. One of its bulbs had the same ribbed detail.

Just Don't

Take it to Oakland CA.

Great memories

My father owned a 1959 Dodge very similar to this, only it was a station wagon. Just looking at the front of that iconic car brings back such wonderful memories. We drove from California to Oklahoma one Christmas to visit my sister and brother-in-law stationed at Fort Sill. It snowed on Christmas day, the only white Christmas I've ever experienced. I have a picture of me bundled up for the cold standing in front of our 59 Dodge. I can still remember the dashboard with its push button transmission. A policeman stopped my father for a burned out taillight. I'll never forget how impressed he was when he saw POWER BRAKES written on the brake pedal.

Top Model

Appears to be a Custom Royal Lancer two-door hardtop based on the badge of the front fender just behind the headlights.

Salesman of the Year?

Looks like this guy is getting some kind of award. Maybe a sales award of some kind. They could have picked a more picturesque place for the photo op, like the front of the building.

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