Monday, January 26, 2009

Showroom fresh!

Above is an actual period photo from 1955 showing the shop window of an Oldsmobile dealership. The cars displayed are pristine, factory fresh models just waiting to be owned and enjoyed.
I can almost feel myself pressing my nose against the plate glass of that showroom! :-)

The ads for them were seductive, with those cute lines and two tone paint topped off by acres of chrome who wouldn't be tempted?


Once again the bright colours and 'futuristic' styling spoke of optimism, the look said of the owner 'Here's a man that's going places'. So as we look back on those far off days and wonder how what happened to that optimism, maybe a clue can be found in what happened to the cars!

I suppose it's kinda sad when you look at that way, both in terms of the lost optimism and the fate of those once glittering old beauties...but such is the passage of time I guess.
Not all those old cars have ended up like this of course, there are those few that have been carefully tended over the years, yet more that have been restored to their former glory thus giving us a taste of the sights, sounds, and feel of a bygone age.

1 comment:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Fantastic pictures and one of my all-time favorite cars.