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Just One More Post on the 1950s…

May 15th, 2014 Sears Homes 8 comments

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I’ve come to think of Mr. Inge as my supplier.

He knows I can’t resist a good 1950s architectural book, and the most recent “hit” he’s provided is a bound volume of a years’ worth of “House Beautiful” magazines (1958).

“I’ve got too much to do,” I thought as I began to browse its many pages, and then I saw a 1958 pink Caddy.

You could have stuck a fork in me right then because I was cooked and done. You see, I’m also a real car buff, and in my personal opinion, American automotive styling hit its peak in the late 1950s.

Too many pictures for me to clog up the blog with words.

Enjoy, and please leave a comment!

To see pictures of 1950 kitchens, click here.

Want to see my Atomic Powder Room? Click here.

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Pink

The image that hooked me, and then dragged me into the abyss. A pink 1958 Cadillac. *SWOON*

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In 1966, our family piled in a 1957 Cadillac and drove from Portsmouth, VA to Santa Monica, CA, a 3,000 mile journey. I loved that car. And I still do.

In 1966, our family of six piled into 1957 Cadillac and drove from Portsmouth, VA to Santa Monica, CA, a 3,000 mile journey. I was six years old. For two weeks and 6,000 miles, I rode in the front seat, sitting on the fold-out arm rest.

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I cant read this text without hearing the narrative in Don Drapers voice.

I can't read this text without hearing the narrative in Don Draper's voice, complete with dramatic pauses.

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Our 1957 Cadillac was black, but I think I could have settled for blue if they were out of pink.

Our 1957 Cadillac was black, but I think I could have settled for blue if they were out of pink. Check out the rubber-tipped bumpers on the front. I could use a set of those on my Camry Hybrid.

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While were on the topic of luxury...

While we're on the topic of luxury...

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Is that Betty Draper in the back seat of the 1958 T-Bird?

Is that Betty Draper in the back seat of the 1958 T-Bird?

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So you dont

In 1974, I was forced to sit through a HORRIBLE "Driver's Safety Class" that mainly consisted of a sadistic gym teacher forcing us to watch gory films of people being turned into bloody hamburger meat via Detroit steel. As a sensitive soul, I was truly traumatized. I'd close my eyes whenever possible and then the gym teacher would screech at me to "pay attention." One of the stories was a paralyzed woman who had not buckled in that fateful day because she didn't want to wrinkle her dress. I guess society really did judge you by the wrinkles in your dress.

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I love this caption. It's from Bing Cosby's song, "Did you ever see a dream, walking..."

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Poor hat boy. He knows that this is the closest he'll ever come to a new T-bird. And look at those pedestrian souls admiring that shiny new thing. They're such simpletons in their plain-jane clothes. But at least they have a shot at the shiny new thing - one day - if they marry well. I'd like to caption this, "Envy."

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Well, it's good of her to give the two Plain Janes a ride to the bus stop.

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My husband tells me that hes secure enough in his masuclinity to wear a pink shirt.

My husband tells me that he's secure enough in his masculinity to wear a pink shirt. Back in the day, apparently men were secure enough in their masculinity to show up in a pink Chevy.

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Looks like Mom and Dad are driving home from a party with Timothy Leary.

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Many of these car ads have a random plane.

Many of these car ads have a random plane. And Junior is playing with planes in the back seat.

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Nobody in these ads have their eyes on the road. Maybe she's looking for low-flying aircraft. It seems to be a big problem in 1958.

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And I had to look up two words in this text.

By 1958, we were using sex to sell cars. "Come hither look?" I guess the car is inviting you to "slip into something more comfortable" such as its "smart fabrics."

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Looks like shes hailing a cab.

"We knew Mildred had lost her mind when she started trying to hail a taxi from her new Chevy."

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Ive no idea whats happening here, but of course, Mother has baked goods in her left hand.

I've no idea what's happening here, but of course, Mother has baked goods in her right hand. OOOH, edited to add: Shari (see comment below) observed that it was The Boy in the yellow helicopter and in this shot, the helicopter is behind The Boy. He and Mother have both "landed" here.

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That's one fine-looking car. Love the two-tone paint job.

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More random airplanes.

More random airplanes.

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Looks to me like someone's making a run for it. Lots of luggage there.

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When I bought my new Camry in 2012, no one said a word about "gay silk pillows."

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Tufted leather bench seats. Be still my heart.

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Wait til you see this Vicuna lap robe.

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There's the Vicuna lap robe.

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And heres a Vicuna.

And here's a Vicuna (still wearing his lap robe).

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"Iridescent leather features channeled insets of darker blue." Wow.

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My Camry has a "symphony in gray" going on, but it's a really quiet symphony.

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To see pictures of the kitchens from this era, click here.

Want to see my Atomic Powder Room? Click here.

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Cammie is a Hammie!

September 30th, 2012 Sears Homes No comments

As mentioned in a prior blog, I recently obtained my “General” Ham Radio License (Amateur Radio).

That was a pretty exciting landmark for me.

And in mid-August, there was another landmark, when I purchased a glorious eight-foot Diamond X-200A (dual-band vertical antenna).

And my newest “landmark” was last week, when my 2012 Camry Hybrid became the proud owner of a new antenna, thanks wholly to the kindness of a fellow “Ham.”

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In mid-August, this fine-looking antenna went up at my house!

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At a recent RASON (Radio Amateur Society of Norfolk) meeting, I was lamenting the fact that I had hoped to find an unobtrusive antenna for my shiny new 2012 Camry Hybrid and yet, I wasn’t sure where to find one at the last minute. Hubby and I were preparing for a road trip to Elkins, and I wanted to be able to use my hand-held transceiver on the road.

A few hours later, one of my RASON friends called and said that he had a diminutive antenna that would work on my car, and it would be ideal for my five-watt Wouxun radio!

And Jim even offered free in-home delivery of the free antenna!  :)

My husband is now becoming more and more interested in Ham Radio. His reason: “Well, it is interesting, and the people that you’ve been meeting in that Norfolk club are incredibly nice.”

And generous, too.   :)

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antenna

This small antenna was a perfect match for my needs. I wanted something small and unobtrusive, because I didn't want to diminish the look of my new car. And I also didn't want to damage the paint job!

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New car

My car is still so new, and I didn't want to damage the paint job, so I turned to Ultra-Shield (in Chesapeake) and asked them to provide this small disc of 3M Ultra-Shield to protect the new car's finish.

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The 3M Ultra-Shield does an amazing job of protecting the car's paint job from all manner of evils. This car has 3-M Ultra-Shield installed on the bumpers, hood, mirrors, fender, trunk and more.

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The antenna wire is threaded through the trunk and into the backseat, and is used primarily for my little Wouxun radio.

To learn more about RASON, click here.

To read more about the amazing Camry Hybrid, click here.

To learn more about the protecting properties of Ultra-Shield, click here.

To learn how to identify Sears Homes, click here.

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