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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Queen of the Road: 1963

Queen of the Road: 1963

Here's the companion photo to the 1963 road trip to Canada last seen here at the roadside breakfast picnic table. This time it's Mom's turn at the Coleman, but no note about which meal or where this was. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Takes me back!

Reminds me of our family vacations in the 50's and 60's before the advent of fast food joints at every interstate intersection. I remember stopping at small wayside picnic sites just like this and my mother whipping up hot lunches on our little one-burner Bernz-0-Matic propane stove. We also had the red cooler with the handle that locked down the top and the bottle opener on the side. Good times!

Division of Labor

In all the years we went camping Mom never did the cooking because she had the hard job...knowing what the kids were doing and where they were doing it.

That Grill

This certainly could easily be from my life, but there is one very obvious thing missing: the Scotch Grill or cooler or picnic accessory case. I am sure we of those times will remember! They were ubiquitous in the late 50s and well into the 1960s.

Standby

A can of Standby Tomato Juice! Is that ever a blast from the past.

'58

1958 Chevy Bel Air. Very nice, great photo!

 
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