Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Roadside Design

I spotted another beautiful vintage automobile yesterday. (This is shaping into a series!) I love the way it seems like the car was painted to blend with the monochromatic background color palette. It's like a matching throw pillow on a sofa.

Ah, harmony.

25 comments:

-K- said...

Wow, when you click onto the photo you see a lot of the car's details.

And it looks like the car and the houses in the background were made at about the same time. (Altho I'm probably off by a decade or two...)

yan said...

So beautiful car. I want one.hehe!
web hosting
web design

Webradio said...

Very nice car... You must clic on the photo...

Mister Earl said...

I traverse the same streets every day, but I never see these cars. I don't know how you do it. Unless you live in a parallel universe!

Stéphane Kardos said...

Wow! so beautiful! I have to come down to south Pasadena and sketch, paint those cars, Great photo Laurie.

JulesG said...

this looks like a still from "LA Confedential."
Nice!

Cafe Observer said...

Laurie, confess - this is really an old postcard from the 1950's, when America was still young, relatively strong in virtue, & full of optimism! Yes/No?

Hey, when u saw Lizzy at the SPCC last week I hope she told u where she's originally from!

mademoiselle gramophone said...

Laurie,
Your car series in So. Pas is inspiring me to sew up some new 1930's era tea dresses. The designs have been percolating for awhile, then your photos came along and busted them out of my brain chains. Thanks muchly.

Wayne said...

A super shot Laurie. I don't see much in that photo to indicate it was shot this week rather than 60 years ago.

Reminds me of Driving Miss Daisy.

Eki Akhwan said...

OMG! That's a really beautiful car! A classic!

Now I get the impression that your city is full of wonderful classic cars ... (Is it just my impression, or is it really a city with lots of collectible cars?). Nice post, Laurie.

mademoiselle gramophone said...

Sorry! I can't stop myself.

Petrea said...

Another great one for your series, Laurie.

Stef, when I see a vintage car I think of you, so I'm glad you got here first.

Cafe, I think South Pasadena itself is a postcard from "when America was young, strong in virtue, & full of optimism". South Pas feels that way, that's one of the things that make it so nice, especially considering its proximity to Los Angeles. Laurie's pics are infused with that feeling.

Laurie, you're the perfect photo ambassador for your hometown!

Kelly said...

I have to agree with your observations about the monochromatic color palette! This is a timeless shot...one that looks like a shot to open a scene from a film? : )

Dixie Jane said...

To mademoissele gramophone: I would like one of your 1930s tea dresses. Would they be something like Daisy (Mia Farrow) wore in The Great Gatsby)?

That having been said I look at the lone palm in your picture, Laurie, and the beige car to match the beige lawn and the beige rooftops. Laurie, I don't know what year the car is but it reminds me of "The Purple Cow." It was an inheritance from my dear Aunt Ruby and your father drove it to work. Everybody wanted to ride in it. Does anyone know the make? The P.C. was a vintage De Soto. And as for the lone palm....how could I have ever entertained the thought of climbing one of those. I guess it was my six year old mind. The monochromatic color here reminds me of the sepia tone pictures of long ago. How much fun for you to live among these relics and escape today's reality.

Virginia said...

A matching throw pillow! How do you come up with this???? LOL This is so great and the little twinkle on the fender is too perfect. I want a ride in that grand old car.

USelaine said...

That palm tree absolutely makes it!

Yakpate said...

Speaking of color palettes, they are so varied in South Pas. Monochromatic is not how I imagine the city, thanks to so may colorful posts here... but even these beige, gray and olive tones are elegant instead of blah, as they are elsewhere in smoggy SoCal.

I especially love the star flare on the bumper, and the opposite sider of the street reflected in the lovingly waxed doors.

JT said...

One of the many things I appreciate about South Pas are the old homes and the people who own them. Insert a vintage car and the picture is complete. Great series!

altadenahiker said...

Huh, I could use that car. Might bring out the brown highlights in my lawn

Mister Earl said...

AH - You are too much!

Mister Earl said...

Stephan and Eki: You don't understand. Only Laurie, who lives in a parallel universe, sees these old cars.

Blognote said...

Another beauty parked out there!! you are right: the colour of the car blends in perfectly well with the monochromatic background and it is of beautiful design.

Laurie said...

Hello my lovely ones,

I swear, I really don't live in a parallel universe!

But I do think I'm starting to attract these old cars. I wonder what Jung would have to say about it?

Kevin, the houses are all from between 1900 and 1920 -- and I have no idea the year of the car. Anyone?

Yan, welcome!

Julesg, ah yes, LA Confidential. One of my favorites...

Cafe, I'm optimistic! (Often cranky, but always optimistic...) And yes, Liz and I shared a born-in-Texas bonding moment! (I was even wearing cowboy boots.)

My dear Ms. Gramaphone, I love the musical accompanyment! And I'd love to see the dresses. I, like Dixie(mom!) see something Daisy Buchananesque. Got anything Dorothy Parker would wear in the collection? (Sign me up!)

Thanks, everyone, for all the nice words. Til tomorrow.

Mister Earl said...

The car must be from the 40s or late 30s, but I can't tell the make. (Also notice the suicide doors in the back.)

In the early 60s my mom had a 1941 Chevy that was the same color. They sold it for $50!

Laurie said...

Wow, Mister Earl. That's literally highway robbery!

Petrea, I just read your kind words -- I don't know how I missed them late last night when responding here. Thank you, and THANK YOU. As your biggest fan, I am honored. It was your and Ben's blogs that compelled me to start this one.