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Special Deluxe: 1941

Special Deluxe: 1941

September 1941. "Dude at rodeo in Ashland, Montana." Whose ponies are all under the hood. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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Very fashionable

Her jeans are made from expensive and highly sought after selvedge denim (you can tell by the seam edge where she has them turned up); common in those days - fashion buzz word in 2015.

Paint, not so much

Yes, the metal was thick and tough (which was why the car weighed 4000 lbs and had the overall agility of a dump truck) and transferred crash energy to the "crumple zone" AKA the driver and passengers!

But seeing the girl on it doesn't make me think of the metal, it makes me look at the paint. She's scratching the heck out of it. And that way some sort of lacquer, which is absurdly fragile compared to modern paint. At least it's easy to fix.

[For the record, a 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe weighed about 3,200 pounds. A 2015 Chevrolet Impala tips the scales at 3,800. - Dave]

Girls on the Hood

The Good Old Days neatly defined: The people were thinner, the metal was thicker.


Dudette -- get those boots off my fender. Even if it is big enough to be a dance floor.


I think she's a Dudette!

[That's "dude" in the sense of a non-cowboy of either gender dressed up in faux-cowboy fashion. Hence "dude ranches" that catered to city slickers. -tterrace]

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