Archive for February, 2012

Warhol and Cars: American Icons

Friday, February 10th, 2012

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A special exhibit is currently on display at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh entitled “Warhol and Cars: American Icons” The exhibit will run through May 13th and features more than forty drawings, paintings and photographs form 1946 to 1986. Warhol worked as a commercial artist in the 40’s and 50’s so the span of the work will include drawings he did for fashion magazines he worked for as well as work he did as a fine artist.
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An original BMW-M1 racing car that was hand painted by Warhol in 1979 will be on display in the gallery along with an accompanying film showing the artist painting the car.
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Images: The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Posing with the New Car

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Nothing like the day you bring home the new car. Not a scratch, ding or dent. Photographing the event for posterity is a must as like a magnet to steel, it won’t be long before a shopping cart finds you and tarnishes your new purchase. Have a period photo of you and your new car? Contact us and we’ll add it to the gallery.

1962 Corvair Monza
1962 Corvair Monza

1958 Ford Wagon
New car!

1971 Ford Mustang
1971 Mustang, Mt. Vernon. OH. Summer 1972

1968 Buick GS
New Car

1969 Volkswagen Beetle
My brand new car....some years back in time  :-)

1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

1967 Fastback 390 this was my first new car!

1961 Chevrolet Impala

Mom & 1961 Chevy Impala, ca. 1961

1961 Chrysler Newport

Chrysler, Dodge or maybe Desoto?

1956 Studebaker
Man with New Studebaker - 1956

1967 Plymouth Fury III
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The 80 Foot Studebaker

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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For the 1933-34 Chicago Century of Progress fair,  Studebaker hatched the idea of building an 80 foot long, 28 foot high, 30 foot wide version of their newest and most luxurious model, the President Land Cruiser. The running boards alone were 21 feet long, the wipers three and the tires measured 12-1/2 feet tall. Built on wood framework the exterior was actually made of plaster that was so realistic visitors would scratch the surface with their fingernails to test the composition. Below the running board visitors could enter a 80 person capacity movie theatre that show promotional movies about the new Studebaker models.
Photo: Century of Progress Records, 1927-1952, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.

Cars with Fins

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Parking lot shot of Knotts Berry Farm in 1960 at the apex of the fin era. Looks like not one but two Plymouth Suburban station wagons just a few spots apart.
Cars with fins, parking lot at Knott's Berry Farm, 1960
Photo:lreed76