Saturday, April 4, 2009

More Merc

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Here are a few more pictures of the wonderfully rotted 1941 Mercury I found parked in a field near my house.

In a cold spring rain, I felt a strange nostalgia for a time I never knew.

It's hard to imagine that when this beautiful old car was new, the United States had not entered into World War II, but the Japanese were likely laying plans to attack Pearl Harbor.

When I think about the problems facing us now - the economy in shambles, unemployment rampant, two wars ongoing and the likely launch of a long-range missile by the North Koreans today or tomorrow, it is somehow comforting to know that in 1941 we also faced unprecedented challenges, and we still managed to continue building this country.

I hope that the American automobile industry is still around in another 65 years, although they won't be building cars like this one.

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