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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Desert Trip

Desert Trip

A trip back to the early, early days. My folks and I took a trip to one of my Dad's co-worker's cabin way out in the Mojave desert. Here we are, with our 1956 Plymouth Belvedere. We kept the car well into the 1960s, and I remember it had the infamous push button transmission selector.

The man who took the picture, and who owned the cabin, was Mischa Pelz, who was a fairly prominent photographer in Southern California back in those days. View full size.

My favorite car of 1956

When I was 14 this to me was the neatest car on the road. I was partial to Plymouth because our family had a 49 Plymouth with rain guards on all the side windows. My dad never drove over 60 miles an hour unless he was passing another car or truck. He rarely even did that.

Whitewalls and two tone

I checked with my 83 yr old mom, and she said the interior was in black and white vinyl.

Thanks for your comment and your wonderful posts, like Uncle Frank!

re: Desert Trip

Wow! Coffee-table book material! Gorgeous. And I've ranted about this before: would it be too much trouble to have two-tone paint jobs again? And without metallic paint? I know there are some present-day examples, but I'm looking for a wholesale revolution here. Sorry to hijack the topic; I'll go back to drooling over this photo now.

Great!

What a great photo!

 
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