Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Salmon and Turquoise - 1959 Ford Galaxie Fairlane 500

1959 Ford Fairlane 500 - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

Driving along an unusually straight stretch of one of our local highways yesterday, I just caught a glimpse of this gentleman out stretching the legs of his 500.

The low autumn sun and dry roads apparently lured them out for perhaps the last ride of the year...

It got me thinking about some of the color combinations that were popular in the 50s – like salmon pink and turquoise. These colors evoke Native American jewelry and pottery from the West and obviously caught the imagination of a nation that, thanks to the Eisenhower administration’s construction of the Interstate Highway System, was now able to drive out of town and right into the most remote parts of the country.

And enjoy the ride through a turquoise-tinted windshield.

All words and photos copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

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