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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.