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Snowbirds: 1941

Snowbirds: 1941

January 1941. Sarasota, Florida. "Guests of trailer park enjoying the sun and sea breeze at the beach." Nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

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Marion in My Oldsmobile

Then this must be Marion, probably looking into the viewfinder of her Rolleiflex.

The shoes

I like the way the shoes are neatly stashed under the car. The lady seems to be very happy. If they came from 35 degree New York to 60 degree Florida, I'll bet they enjoyed it just fine.

Enjoyability factors

These people are experiencing the following: simply being outdoors; the piquant zest of seashore air; relaxation; radiant warmth of the sun while minimizing direct exposure; companionship; beautiful scenery; peace and quiet. Sounds awful, doesn't it?

Pop-up cowl vent

On most cars during the 40's and at least early 50's, helped keep the cars tolerable in the summer before air conditioning.

A nice 1940 Oldsmobile

That's a pretty-looking 1940 Oldsmobile. As for the tourists, they look chilly. The picture must have been taken during a cold snap.

Snow or sand??

C'mon Lester, it looks like some of that sunlight is reaching our skin, let's get back to Fargo.

Short peace.

Boy, were they in for a big change in December of 1941! They will be glad to have the new car and new tires. Look at the height of that antenna! You can see the photographer reflected in the bumper.


Am I crazy, or are there bison in the grass just behind them?

[Being stalked by that tyrannosaurus over to the right. - Dave]


I cannot imagine a more boring way of spending one's vacation time. If you're going to take a nap all covered up, why not do so at home in bed for free?


The 1940 Oldsmobile -- "Bigger and better in everything! Best looking car on the road!" This was the first car to offer an automatic transmission -- GM's famous Hydra-Matic.

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