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1951 Mercury

1951 Mercury

My Uncle took pictures of everything dear to him. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Merc convertible

Actually, it's a 1953 Mercury. Back to car colors: in my observations, the only non-metallic factory colors commonly available these days seem to be white, black, red and yellow.


Thank you delworthio for this batch of car Kodachromes! You notice how boring most car colors are these days? White, black or some variation of silver. If it is a color, it's with a metallic finish. I think we're long overdue for a fashion pendulum swing back to brightly-colored, creamy-finished cars. Two-tone would be good, too.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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