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Ski Nomad: 1959

Ski Nomad: 1959

From a ski lodge somewhere in the West comes this Kodachrome dated February 1959, showing Coors-carrying sportsman-photographer Don Cox next to a rack of "skii s" and a very chill Chevy wagon. KAG-922, where are you? View full size.


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'59 or '62 tag

Judging by, it's a '59 or '62 tag.

[As noted in the caption, the slide has a date stamp of 1959. So it can't be 1962. - Dave]

Note also very long skis, typically the equal to the height of your wrist with your arm straight up. And the skis appear to be wood. Some for sure; others hard to tell. And laced leather boots with top of socks rolled outside the pants—how uncool ;).

B Is For Bumper

This is back in the era when there were bumpers.


As popular and valuable as '57 Nomads have become, there is a better-than-average chance that KAG-922 has outlived its contemporaries. Maybe rescued from a junkyard and restored, but still around.


Looks like someone a) drew a smiley face in the snow on the tailgate, b) placed an old two-handled saw on the back window, and c) doesn't know how to spell the plural of ski.

Future trail blaze

Those yellow 1956-base California plates always remind me of one thing. I can't remember which trail I hiked in the Sierra Nevada in the '80s, but those expired plates had been cut diagonally, diver flag style, and nailed to the trees about ten feet up, so the trail could be found in deep snow.

Back on the Chain Gang

The Nomad is equipped for winter fun!


This great photo reminds me of when Coors was THE beer. Couldn't get it in Houston in the 70s but my dorm friends from Dallas made some extra cash humping cases back from trips home.

B.S. is for bumper sticker

This is back in the era when bumper stickers showed places you had visited, not who you were going to vote for.

Don't park there

Your Nomad may turn into an Avalanche.

As Gunther Would Say

Oooh ... oooh!


I like the smiley face.

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