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Speed Racer: 1952

Speed Racer: 1952

Columbus, Georgia, 1952. "Soap Box Derby champion Joe Lunn at Kirven's." Young Joe was winner of that year's Junior Speed Classic in Akron, Ohio. 4x5 negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

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Blue Jeans

I was surprised to see the sign on the table behind them that reads "Blue Jeans." Having grown up in the same era (but on the East Coast) I always knew denim pants as "dungarees." It wasn't until much later (the 1970s maybe?) that I heard them referred to as "jeans."

Hell of an Engineer

Probably worth pointing out that the Georgia Institute of Technology have had their "Ramblin' Wrecks" since the 1930s, so Joe Lunn of Columbus, GA certainly would have borrowed the moniker from them instead of the other way around.

Maybe "Slim" or "Regular," but ...

Certainly not STOCKY! Hope the kid doesn't fall for the slick sales pitch on the big boy corduroy. This reminded me of the old '50s Sears catalogs featuring boys' clothing that came in "Slim, Regular, or Husky."

He almost wasn't the winner

He crashed his car in the first race in Akron and almost destroyed it. It was rebuilt in time to race again but was nicknamed the "Rambling wreck from Georgia" because of it's its tattered appearance.

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