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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Aunt Ella's Plymouth

Aunt Ella's Plymouth

1967. Grandpa Leonard Hermonson and his 1936 Plymouth. Originally it was my Great Aunt Ella's; she gave it to my grandfather when she could no longer drive. This picture was taken in Rockford, Illinois, by a photographer for The Labor News. The publication ran a short story about my Grandpa and the car. View full size.

Rockfordians

Just decided to type my birthplace 'Rockford' into the search window and found this neat picture. I didn't grow up there but visited my dad there every Xmas. I was born on the Rockford College farm, my folks were the houseparents at the Youth Hostel there. It was out in corn country but now is just suburbs. I think it's an Elks or Moose lodge these days. The twin silos that I remember are still there though.

Re: Rockfordphile

Treefrogdk, you have your Rockford geography down! It was actually taken at the Labor News. If you view the full-size picture, you can see the building's name reflected in the front fender.

Rockfordphile

Finally a shot taken in my hometown! It looks to have been taken very near the Labor News building on Broadway. Karl Sydow (the car lot across the street) was some cousin or other of my mother's. My father owned the Standard station at the end of Broadway at the corner of Kishwaukee Street. I remember many walks by this very spot!

Usually, I just roll my eyes...

...and skip over things when Shorpy fans start discussing cars (and makes and models and specs and features and fins and blah, blah, blah), but this photo took my breath away.

This car is a work of ART!

Great Aunt Ella surely went to Heaven after this spectacular, magnanimous gift to your handsome Grandpa Leonard...

Beep

Photographer's reflection on the horns, just below the headlights.

 
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