Thursday, March 19, 2009

Roadside Attraction

I believe I finally have enough images in this series to make a calendar! This, however, is my first photo of a vintage South Pasadena station wagon. I can just imagine a group of cheerful girl scouts scrambling out of the back, as a Jackie Kennedy-inspired mom exits the driver's side, moving oversized sunglasses to the top of her head and squashing her Virginia Slim on the pavement with the pointed toe of her black pump. Oh, wait a minute: there's an AC/DC sticker on the back window. Well... that changes everything...

(A note about color: the light was doing interesting things when I shot this. It was about to rain, and everything was skewing slightly lavender. I increased the color saturation in this image by about 40% to showcase that magical purplish cast.)


B Squared said...

Looks like an old Ford Falcon.

Virginia said...

Love that station wagon and your whole scenario! Virginia Slims. I'd forgotten all about them! I like your fiddling with the saturation, added a little pizazz to this photo.

Mister Earl said...

Virginia Slims - You've come a long way, baby! (But not yet far enough for us to top calling you 'baby'!)

altadenahiker said...

You had me going! Someone should pick up the thread, because I think once the woman gets rid of the kids, she's up to no good.

Tash said...

Great image building there ... to be crushed by AC/DC (so funny)! I've never seen them on film so thx for the link.

Tash said...

PS - gorgeous lighting on the photo.

San Diego Farmgirl said...

Hanging out
Down the street
The same old thing
We did last week
Not a thing to do
But talk to you
Whoa Yeah!

Steal your car
And bring it down
Pick me up
We'll drive around
Wish we had
A joint so bad
Whoa Yeah!
Bust a street light
Out past midnight

Actually, Alex Chilton had to have moved somewhere after Katrina. Maybe he's relocated to South Pas? Oh, the stalking possibilities!

Judy Williams said...

I think it's a Fairlane. It is perfect and couldn't make that scene more perfect. The colors and that beautiful greened out tree makes it.

I would have never pegged you for an old car magnet. %%%%%%%%%

dbdubya said...

Falcon, or Fairlane? B Squared thinks it's a Falcon. Judy thinks it's a Fairlane. I side with B Squared. I think it's about a '63/64 Falcon. Both cars looked similar with the Fairlane being a bit larger. But if you enlarge the photo and look at the tail gate it appears there are six letters and not eight which makes it a .... Falcon.

Miss Havisham's Tea Party said...

Something is definitely going on in South Pas. But what?

Jim said...

Really got to be a Falcon, I think, those round taillights. '64 naybe. Tho it's hard to tell without seeing the front.
Here's a link to a similar looking car:

Laurie said...

Hey all,

I think it's a Falcon -- not becasue I know anything about old cars, but because of the number of letters on the back! Whatever it is, I love it. In fact, I love all these vintage vehicles. Seeing them parked in front of old houses makes my world seem part time machine -- and I like that very much.

Thank you for all the great comments, song lyrics and links! Until tomorrow...

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