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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Yale-Colgate Tailgate: 1954

Yale-Colgate Tailgate: 1954

"Yale-Colgate Football." New Haven, Oct. 23, 1954, with Ralph, Dan and Richie, a few months after Richie (standing) graduated from Colgate U. View full size.

2009 vs 1954

I defy anyone to produce a photo of a tailgate party being held this season with any attendee wearing a necktie.

Customelines in Europe

My dad had two Customlines - 1st a white one and later a green version. Typical USA made cars were often used on the west-European roads in the years during the rebuild of the 2nd world war. I still have some pics of the cars when I was a little boy of 3. One sitting on the right wing supported with my mum, while my dad and older brother Dick look under the bonnet. The Ford gave up driving with a defective coil.

Icebox

That ice chest in the trunk takes me back. A wooden box lined with zinc. The real deal!

My '54 Ford

Gosh! Ralph, Dan and Richie have the same 1954 Ford Customline, same color pattern, that I bought 30 years later across the Atlantic.

Things do go better with Coke

I can't quite make out the whiskey (bourbon?) brand. I love the metal picnic basket featuring the printed basket weave. And where are the commentators about the lack of heft in the good ol' days? Some of these folks exhibit obvious signs of affluence (this is actually how I allude to overweight folks who are not poor).

I say, old chap,

have you any Grey Poupon?

 
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