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Since this is my wife's family, so I can't identify any of them, and I suck at identifying vehicles, hope you find something enjoyable anyway. View full size.
Admit it: you want one. At the very least you want to drive it. Play with the siren and red lights. Wait -- OMG! Is that a water cannon?!?!?
Larkspur (California) Fire Department Engine No. 7, vintage 1964 Van Pelt/GMC, seen here leading the 1967 Fourth of July Parade, driven by Fire Captain (later Chief 1968-82) Craig Shurtz. This is the 300 block of Magnolia Avenue, just down the hill from our house. Kodachrome slide by me. View full size.
This shot answers the question, "Just what was tterrace photographing that day in 1975 when he was strolling around Petaluma?" Well, when I got to this spot on Sixth Street I apparently stumbled into a gap in the space-time continuum. Fortunately my Konica was loaded with Kodacolor, so I was able to return with the kind of scene one normally encounters only in black and white.
If we were to do an equivalent shot today, the car would be something like a 1965 Dodge Dart, which to me doesn't seem like a really old car, whereas the one here unquestionably does. Doesn't stuff like that drive you nuts? View full size.
Taken in 1948, Santa Monica, California. View full size.