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Remember the Good Old Days with Your First Automobile?

Have any of your parents and grandparents ever watched the movie, “American Graffitti,” with your kids and grandchildren to show off the cars you used to drive or ride in when you were young?  Have them tell you how they remember the good old days.

You might want to tell them that Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford was in that movie to entice them to watch it.

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Remember the good old days in your automobile that featured a full bench seat.

There’s just something romantic about the bench seat where your honey could cozy up to you while you drove around town, or cruised around as we used to call it. remember the good old daysThe guys were more concerned what was under the hood while the girls were hoping that your car doesn’t conk out when you’re popping the clutch at a traffic light.

Yes, those were the good old days when cars were made of steel and real chrome fenders and unique hood ornaments and AM radios, only!

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Remember the good old days when your automobile had a real big trunk and a full-size spare tire?

Every car had to have a spare tire and a jack to change your own tire and replace it with a full size spare. Many a relationship probably started when some hunk came to a stranded damsel in distress and changed her tire.

Today, kids just call their daddies or AAA and they come out and change the tire. Where’s the romance in that?!

Remember the good old days when one remember the good old daysdollar got a hamburger, fries and milkshake for two(!) with change left over?

Well, this author vaguely remembers when the Burger King Whopper sandwich was first introduced in the Atlanta, Georgia area and, I think, the price per whopper was 45 or 55 cents. With a Coca-Cola for ten cents and fries for maybe 15 cents, one could get quite filled up!

Here’s a piece of trivia for you younger cats out there. I could take a Kennedy remember the good old dayshalf-dollar coin down to the local “grocerette” convenience store in the mid-1960’s and get two bottles of Cokes, 12 ounce, and 6 full-size candy bars. I wasn’t ten years old and I would do that as often as I would get away with it.

Yes, boys and girls, I remember the good old days when I was a kid and I could walk several miles around my neighborhood during the day without fear or concern for my safety. Of course, if I stayed out past dinner time and didn’t call home, there’d be hell to pay!

Remember the good old days every time you come to Old Car City USA!

There’s something here for everyone! The toys shown above are just a small sampling of the kinds of toys the older generation of kids enjoyed playing with when their fathers and brothers were working on the family car.

These toys are made of durable metal that have withstood the many hands and imaginations of kids working on construction projects in the back yards or rescuing victims in house fires kindled by the children’s dreams of doing it in real life.

Remember the good old days when there was a bench seat for two “in the trunk?”

You read it right. There were cars that had what is called a “rumble” seat; not to be confused with “Rumble in the Streets,” or something related.

This could be a very popular option unless the car was driven slow in good weather.

This car inside the “showroom” of Old Car City USA has the two seats up front and the rumble seat in back. When no one was in it, the seat could be tucked away as one would close the trunk. I wonder if it was designed with Daddies in mind to chaperone kids on Saturday night dates.

In summary, the time to visit Old Car City USA is when you want to relive the times and memories that involved the American automobile in everyone’s lives, whether in full size for adults or as a toy for the creative boy and girl in the sandbox.

This author loves to play with toys like these with his grandchildren. It’s a way to pass on fun times as we remember the good old days, everyday.

 

 

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CBS Sunday Morning, August 9th

This Sunday, August 9th, at 9:43am, CBS Sunday Morning will be airing a piece on Old Car City USA featuring Dean Lewis and his family as they discuss the history and meanings behind Old Car City.  Earlier this summer, Tracy Smith from CBS Sunday Morning, came to visit Dean and his family at Old Car City.  They spent several days touring and filming in Old Car City and interviewed Dean and the family as well as photographers who were making images at Old Car City.  So if you are up and moving this Sunday, please tune into CBS Sunday Morning on you local CBS affiliate.

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Some Interesting Visitors

Over the last several weeks, Old Car City has seen some interesting visitors drop by to interview Dean about Old Car City and to just take some fine pictures.  I was fortunate enough to be able to meet both visitors and spend a little time with them.

 

Our first visitor is a celebrity in the Photoshop circles.  Pete Collins is one of the “Photoshop Guys” at Kelbyone training, which is an online training resource for Photoshop.  Pete also is the co-host of Photoshop User TV and has a regular column in Photoshop User Magazine.  Pete was about midway through a week long photography trip with some friends when they stopped by to shoot at Old Car City.  I look forward to seeing some of his images from Old Car City being used in some of his new tutorials.  Pete is a great guy and I highly recommend his workshops and classes.  We had a great conversation about layers and using some of the great rust and patina on the cars as a texture layer.

 

Our next visitor was Marissa Gawel, recipient of the National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant.  Marissa, along with Penn Greene, are traveling throughout the country seeking out and documenting America’s Road Side Attractions.  From Marissa,

“We’re looking to understand the role of the attractions we’re visiting-withing their cities and withing the greater context of American culture.  The creators of the sites built their museums, homes, and art for reasons that vary from the spiritual to the entrepreneurial, but, regardless, have brought their towns new narratives and new business.  I’ve found the creations we’ve seen so far are incredible, and speak to the creative spirit of this country”

Marissa has a great blog documenting their journey, here is the article with images they published about Old Car City:  American Attractions, Old Car City
While you are there, read through the other post about all the wonderful places they have visited.  What an incredible trip, I am so jealous, I would love to take that kind of road trip.
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Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Old Car City USA!

We hope everyone had a fantastic time with their family and friends during the holidays.  If you got new camera gear for Christmas, now is as good a time as any to head out to Old Car City and give that new gear a “test drive”.  I will be heading out soon to try out a new 8 mm fish eye lens.  I am sure it will provide some interesting results.

We are looking forward to a great new year with everyone at Old Car City.  There is always something interesting happening and we love to meet all the new visitors and make new friends when they drop by for a visit.

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