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A Ramblin' Man: 1963

A Ramblin' Man: 1963

My father at the wheel of our 1956 Rambler station wagon, somewhere in California in 1963. A patch of blue down the right edge says that my mother's in the front seat; I was in the back seat with my camera loaded with Ektachrome-X. I'm pretty sure by this point the dome light had lost its cover. View full size.

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In the era before collapsible steering columns, seat belts and airbags, that was the kind of steering gear that would have been responsible for many horrific car crash injuries and fatalities.

Re: Abe's Hat & JFK

Actually JFK did wear a hat to his inauguration and for the parade. He was the last president to wear formal morning dress to his swearing in and he wore the traditional top hat. But in general, he eschewed hats, though he did own one and was frequently photographed holding it in his hand.

"Hands at 10 and 2"

Since the adoption of airbags we all know that the recommended position of your hands is now at 9 and 3 o'clock, with the thumbs placed along the rim rather than looping around it. Like all males of the epoch, Dad is wearing a "wife-beater" vest under that cool summertime shirt.

I hope you'll understand

From your many previous posts, I'm pretty sure your father didn't make any excuses for "When it's time for leavin'."

Abe's Hat

Probably the two most agreed upon reasons for the demise of men wearing felt hats (Fedoras mainly) is; the lowering of automobile ceilings around 1960 caused them to have to be removed and put some where, and not sat on. Then secondly, in 1961 a young JFK was inaugurated hatless and rode along the parade likewise.


That car looks like it could almost accommodate Abe Lincoln in his top hat.

[Well, Abe was a foot taller than my father. Can't speak for his hat. -tterrace.]

The proper hold of a steering wheel

Left hand at the 10 o'clock position right hand at posted at the 2 o'clock slot. Big old horn ring ready to blast and not a cell phone in sight. Yet. Seatbelts were in the very near future.

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