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Old Car Raft

Old Car Raft

I found this slide today in my late father's desk drawer. I know he took this picture but where is unknown. He was heavily into slide film from the mid-1950's up thru the 60's. My parents traveled from our home here in Virginia to North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio and states in between. That is all the information I can offer. View full size.

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A bit too soon to be the result of muffed GPS directions, so this auto tableau I think shows a car that has been yanked from the tank, so to speak, rather than any kind of raft or ferry to carry it across the water. One clue is the oil drum lashed on the left, high above the water now. Possibly it was one of a number of empty drums that were on top to add to the buoyancy of the eight drums we see under the contraption, the whole shebang assembled underwater, surrounding the car and raising it from the deep.

Clue B is that the rig is tied up to those posts left and right far from any pier or landing, hardly a standard procedure for river ferries. Then too, the car seems to have a patina of underwater enrichment. Fun to imagine (unless you were the imaginee) maybe this was a mob job, and in the trunk was some poor palooka sent to swim with the fishes.

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