Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Paging Norman Rockwell...


The only element missing from this scene is someone on the porch reading The Saturday Evening Post! I figured we could all use a little taste of alternate reality. What financial crisis? From this vantage point, everything looks peachy keen...

32 comments:

From de Cafe said...

Oh my god, you've gotten out & about & visited either Alhambra or Whittier!

Château-Gontierdailyphoto said...

Nice picture, with this old style given by the car.
We can't imagine such picture in France. No one old a flag in front of his home.

Hilda said...

Wow, Laurie, the things you find in South Pasadena! Maybe you should have done it in monochrome!

Tanya said...

Wonderful shot! Not even a hint of modernism!

babooshka said...

In fact this could be the south of my island. Lots of Isadora Duncan types darting around in these little beauties saturday afternoon. They will also be the ones who will be stampeding the bank later this week if no bail out.

Hope said...

A wonderful photo that does for a moment make one forget those real-world problems. I love the colors in this photo!

Yakpate said...

This green beauty reminds me of something calming, like a chocolate mint after dinner... or the realization that the stock market can fall 777 points one day, and rise 800 points the next.

Meanwhile, I need ice cream!

Virginia said...

I know what you're thinking. V will like this one cause she proabably DROVE one when she was a teenager! Well not quite, missy-ha! This is a great old car and I had forgotten all about the SEP magazine.

Eki Akhwan said...

Laurie,
Is it a genuine old car, or just a retro-look? Either ways, it looks cool. I love old cars and collect toy models of them ...

Dixie Jane said...

Ahhhhhh! I love that green car. It has a running board and a rumble seat and I even know what they are. When times get tough it is good to retreat to the simpler life, if only for a few moments. Ma churned her own butter and made her own bread and everyone sat down to dinner every night and talked to each other. Thanks, Laurie, for the refreshment.

Halcyon said...

That is a lovely scene! The old-timey car makes it just perfect.

Stéphane Kardos said...

Where did you see this car Laurie?! I have to sketch this!

Wayne said...

Well not quite, missy-ha -by V.

Are we to infer from this comment that cars hadn't been invented yet when V. was a teenager?

It's a great scene Laurie. Easy to imagine it as a street scene from a movie set in the '30s.

Columbo said...

Love the shot, Laurie. Old cars capture past, and this one I love.

Wayne said...

I only get away with this because Virginia is 3000 miles away. I'm still nervous.

Mister Earl said...

Looks pretty old (no vinyl windows), but of course the flag has too many stars. Love those continuity errors! ;-)

Tash said...

a real beauty of a car & photo!

Sharon said...

Perfect Rockwell! Well done.

Susan Sipe said...

Thanks for the compliments... That is MY house!!! But sadly it is my neighbor's car... but it is authentic, not a remake...

USelaine said...

I love the car. Let's steal it!

Anonymous said...

Definitely a real car---note the black patches on the green, a repro should not have the doinks to the exterior. Looks like the rumble seat has been restored though and I suspect the top too.

It takes me back to a simpler time. Back before TV, before cell phones, microwaves, FAXes, internet or IM. Nooo, I wasn't there when this rolled off the line, but I do have my history.

Great shot!

Trish said...

well...helles-belles...didn't know we could post without a name, or that it would post as anon without a name...hit the POST button before entering in my name...sigh. technology, ain't it grand?

Miss Havisham said...

You know that antique store next Videothech? have you been in there? The have gobs of prints from old ads to magazines...

Your photo reminds me of visiting that place.

Knoxville Girl said...

It's the rumble seat and the flag that make this Rockwell territory. Well done composition.

Keith said...

Beautiful. Really captures a different time.

Laurie said...

Hello people,

Susan Sipe, welcome! (And thank you for living in such a photogenic home!)

Cafe, nope -- it's all South Pas, all the time here. No Alhambra. No WHittier.

Hilda, good idea about monochrome. It looked far less cheerful without that pretty green. (Much more Dorothea Lange and less Norman Rockwell! Not the vibe we want today, huh?)

Virginia, you're silly... :-) Pay no attention to smart-aleck Wayne.

Eki, the auto is genuine and not a reproduction. I've seen it around town before, so I was thrilled to get a shot of it.

Trish/anon, I had the same thing happen to me recently with posting comments.

Miss H, I love that antique store. It has so much little knickknacky stuff and wonderful postcards and prints.

Hee hee, continuity errors Mister Earl. Good one. See? Now I've got all of you thinking in terms of scenes from movies!

Thanks for all the nice comments, folks. Til next time.

Petrea said...

I want to sit on that porch and eat an ice cream cone. Then I want to play kick-ball in the street until dinner time.

Laurie said...

Petrea, I'll join you!

Jilly said...

Absolutely love this car. What a gorgeous colour.

Blognote said...

Oh...what a lovely car!!
Pre-war designs were so beautiful: cars, clothing, furniture, jewellery, architecture..., all which had that special touch which made even simple household appliances look attractive.

Webradio said...

Hello Laurie !
Nice car, but so expensive...
See You later.

Jutilda said...

Now that is weird. I left a long winded comment and said that the boy in the cap might be riding by on his bike, throwing the Sunday morning paper. Love the green car. You know me and vintage autos. The composition is terrific. I like the hometown feel of the home with the picket fence and the flag by the porch.