Archive for January, 2013

The Wide-Track `67 Pontiac

1966 Pontiac Bonneville - May 1972 [Public Domain]

I will freely admit to being a gear head.

In fact, I have a thing for big Sixties full-sized passenger vehicles; my first car was a 1960 Buick LeSabre.  Even my second car was big – a clapped-out `65 Impala.  That said, I would have absolutely no trouble in owning today’s featured vessel: The “Wide-Track” 1967 Pontiac.

1967 Pontiac Bonneville

Photo courtesy of Rob Hartog

Stylish and huge, the Catalina, Ventura, and Bonneville models all had “stacked headlights” and and bumpers integrated with the lines of the car.  Engine choices were “Huge” and “More Huge.”  Driving one of these was like a dream; with its quintessential American stance and smooth settings on the suspension, they excelled in straight-line driving and road trips – giving up some ability in the corners.

1967 Pontiac Bonneville

Photo courtesy of Walt Woodruff

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Photo courtesy of RaysnCayne

DM-08-36  Pontiac Bonneville [1967]

Photo courtesy of Bram Visser

Art Fitzpatrick penned a large number of automotive ads during his successful art career, including many of them for Pontiac.  His jaunty upbeat take on the full-sized GM products of the 1960s is now legendary.  Some of those ads – depicting the `67 Pontiac – are shown below, and others can be seen here.

Yesterday's Ride ~ 1967 Pontiac Bonneville

Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

1967 Pontiac Station Wagons

1967 Pontiac Bonneville Wide-Track

Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

1967 Pontiac Bonneville Ad

Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

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Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

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Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

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Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

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Seattle City Light: Radio Dispatched to Alki [1968]

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“Come in, Truck 82…”

A Seattle City Light service truck makes a visit to a view home in Seattle’s Alki neighborhood in 1968.  The serviceman is wearing his lab coat and white service hat.  Back in the days before cellphones, he would have been sent there by a gruff-sounding dispatcher barking over the dash-mounted Motorola radio in the vehicle.  The Range Service Truck: A mid-1960s Chevrolet van – like this one – done in Utility Yellow.  In the garage: A 1959 Ford Galaxie convertible.

Built in 1954, this “Mid-Century” home design is common in neighborhoods and suburbs surrounding Seattle:

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The roof line and brown on the siding in the first picture are nearly identical to my suburban house – which was built in the late 1960s.  Today that Alki house still stands, now with garage doors on the car port, and frankly still possessing a tremendous view:

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And the radio-dispatched yellow van?  Most likely retired and scrapped.

Raglan For Boys And Girls [1964]

One can find all sorts of fun things at a thrift store. In my case, I found a coverless Bear Brand pattern book called Raglans for Boys and Girls – Sizes 4 to 14. It was Volume #80 from 1964, and sold for a whopping 85 cents new. Not only were there pictures of the products, but also instructions on how to make them.

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“X+Y…Girl+Boy…Huh huh huh heheheh,,,”

I was immediately taken by the fact that these kid models were super-clean cut and not-cheesy.  Oddly, some of the styles from nearly fifty years ago would go over well even now, in an environment where conservative dress is required.

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Others aren’t so fortunate:

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“Suzy? Can I have the rest of my dress now?”

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The next picture shows how photo editing was done prior to have computers:

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The boy was not part of the original picture; he was taped in behind the dog and next to the girl.  If you look closely above her, you’ll see the cut line in a zig zag pattern with the bricks.

No photo editors required 🙂

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“But Jenny, their tentacles are starting to push through my scalp and they burn…”

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“Mom was right. It did shoot my eye out.”

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As dawn breaks, she sings the praises of the Motherland…

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“So…your sister’s ball is kinda bouncy…”

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“But my gym teacher says I’ll be taller than you in six months…”

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She has two weeks worth of her wardrobe lined up in an orderly fashion.

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“Maggie, I spit on my hand…”

Swingin’ Simplicity [1973]

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While I was familiar with this style from my youth, I never knew the name.

After the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad found this vintage 1973 pattern at a thrift store, I discovered it’s called a caftan.  In the past it was considered an garment to be worn over other garments.  By the 1970s, a caftan had come into its own as a single dress – worn in a multitude of styles, and undergarments optional.  Popular with musicians, hippies – and Elizabeth Taylor – the fashion trend symbolized freedom and a free spirited life. presumably shapeless,  the dress design manages to hang in a very distinctive way – flowing and soft.

The style endures to this day in both its original overgarment form, or as a stylish dress or throw made in silk or soft materials.

Caftan Dresses

Homedale School Grade 8 home economics class fashion show, 1977

Home Ec Fashion Show, 1977 – Courtesy Elgin County Archives

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Elizabeth Taylor, 1972 – Scan from Patrick Peccatte

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My sisters in their caftans – Summer 1973

Quilting Overload Caftan 1973

Quilting Overload Caftan 2 1973


Also See: Maxi Dresses
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Rock Me Doctor Zaius!

Dr. Zaius Action Figure 1998

Dr. Zaius Action Figure 1998

Saw this in an antique store. While this Action Figure is from 1998, it is a 30th anniversary commemorative for the 1968 movie Planet Of The Apes. Dr. Zaius was an Orangutan who in public rejected the theory that man had at one time been more advanced than ape.

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Courtesy of Decepticreep

At the same time Zaius was also a leader on the ape council who knew the secret about the relationship between ape and man. What was that forbidden truth? This spoiler final clip from the movie might help 🙂

The Earworm Masters #1 – Michael Murphey’s “Wildfire” [1975]

Is it soft rock, pop, or country? Seems to me the inaugural Earworm Masters song is a little bit of all three. The smooth melodies mixed with a story filled with mystery kept half of America fixated on what the song was about. In fact, the song Wildfire came from a dream Michael Murphey had, one which hinged on a story told by his grandfather.

I can still hear the hum of the tubes in my AM Radio when listening to this.

If you’re my age – forty something or more – you know the chorus, word for word.  Don’t worry…it’s not a bad thing 🙂

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Wiener Roast on the Beach `61

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I have to admit that the 1961 version of a night out at the beach doesn’t look too bad!

Looks like they have a crock of beans, and roaring driftwood log, and plenty of hot dogs to make it through the evening.  These and other classic 60s images or recipes can be found in the Betty Crocker Outdoor Cook Book:

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It includes things like The Basics of Barbecuing, what kind of equipment to use, and recipes on all sorts of things to roast – from meat to vegetables.  And frankly, the artwork is awesome:

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Our copy was found at a roadside antique barn for a few bucks.  I also see that eBay has copies for super cheap too.

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