February 20, 2016

FLASH MOTOR

I really enjoy looking at old auto show photographs from the late 1950s and 1960s. Not only do they capture a time when each brand had a unique vision and style, but they also show our inevitable need to link transportation and design to notions of futurism and youth. Sport cars were staged especially in dynamic settings, with ultra flash geometric shapes, black, silver, and industrial lighting arrays that promoted individual momentum over the post-war vision of family functionality. I don't know when the "car girl' tradition started, but the ladies certainly completed the Hefner-like fantasy devoted to speed, pleasure, and technology. Oldsmobile hit the target when they promoted their line with the slogan "Olds is Young!" Even the 1964 Dodge pickup was hosted by a sporty gal dressed in Space-Age silver boots and jumpsuit. The best of this lot is a 1966 image depicting models dressed in Yves Saint Laurent-style fashion inspired by Mondrian (originals or copies?). Happy Saturday, Spy Vibers! Where will you adventure this weekend? Enjoy!


















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