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Pale Driver: 1941

Pale Driver: 1941

January 1941. "Guest at Sarasota, Florida, trailer park washing his car." This would be Mr. White from Virginia. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

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Baseball and trailers

The trailer park used to sit just south of the Sarasota Courthouse off US 301 in Sarasota. It was on the same grounds as Payne Park, spring training home of I believe, the Boston Red Sox at the time. I went to a game there in the mid-'80s before it was torn down and replaced by Ed Smith Stadium several miles away. The trailer park evolved into a mobile home park at some point and was forced to close by the city over a dispute about land use. It is now a park with tennis courts, skate park and running trails. Here is a link about the photographer and her work in Sarasota.


I live in the Sarasota area and am also wondering exactly where this is!

Clothes make the man

From a quick glance at the thumbnail, I thought this was a photo of a nudist camp. Mr. White needs a pair of dark shorts.

Mr. White from West Virginia

Mr. White is trying to make it look like he is from Virginia, but his license plate gives his West Virginia origins away. He is driving a 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Town Sedan. The small parking lights next to the headlights were a one year only feature.


From this angle it's hard to tell, but my best guess is that this is a 1940 or 41 Chevrolet two door sedan.

[1940. -tterrace]

Bright and shiny!

And the car is, too. I wonder just *where* in Sarasota? Our family used to vacation there 2-3x a year. Also, love the power lines nailed to a live palm tree!

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