01 October, 2007

Vintage rides

Whenever you see vehicles in period films and tv shows they look unreal. That's because the art department called up a vehicle collection and said "this film is set in 1956" and were supplied with a dozen '55 and '56 motors shining like new pins.

Who after all is going to keep a collection of dented faded cars? In fact they're unlikely to keep a collection of worthy but dull average cars... as the Ford Escort 1.3 Popular becomes an ever more rare sight on our streets nobody is tucking away a couple of prime examples complete with a little wheelarch rust and an Exeter University sticker in the rear window ready to decorate the set of an eighties film, and yet they used to litter the place. When was the last time you saw a Vauxhall Viva?

So every scene set in fifties New York features serried ranks of gleaming Cadillacs and Hudson Hornets, when anybody who has visited that fair city knows that only Paris has more dented vehicles on display at any given time.

And as it is with cars so it is with every other aspect of film and tv, they only show you the antiseptic scrubbed clean facade rather than the gloriously grubby reality. Which is why this collection of pictures is a wonderful peek into the real past in all its unvarnished glory. Even the ones without cars in are great.

3 Step to the white courtesy phone:

Blogger Roo shout your mess

I sat and looked at all the pics, and I had never thought about it before, when you mentioned that in all those period pieces, the cars are pristine - bizarre!

October 02, 2007 2:03 pm

Blogger Chris shout your mess

There you go... I've now ruined scores of films and telly shows for you.

October 02, 2007 2:41 pm

Blogger Roo shout your mess

I can probably live with it ;o)

October 04, 2007 12:13 am


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