Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Motoring


When it comes to automobiles (of any era) the extent of my knowledge goes no further than "That's pretty!". Antique cars are truly works of art in motion. They must be cultivated and doted on to ensure their finest operation and aesthetics. This is a hobby that encompasses time, money and passion.

The other day, I came across a kind gentleman named Ed who owns this beauty! A 1931 Ford Town Sedan, Model A. He has been the proud owner for almost 4 years and has put a lot of work into it. It won 1st place in the New Hope (PA) Auto Show in 2008, but didn't enter it in 2009 due to a fender paint job that was not up to his standards. Ed is hoping to enter his gem this year.

The first thing he pointed out to me was a rare feature called a 'slant' windshield. As you can see in the 4th photo, it is able to crank open at the bottom. I asked him what was the reasoning and he said "Air conditioning!" He said that Henry Ford added this option the last 6 months of '31 to compete with the foreign cars.

Ed showed me the engine and waxed poetically about all the features and gizmos. He informed me that the heater was an aftermarket addition as his "wife gets cold". Good thinking! There were a few other aftermarket parts that he changed out to make his motoring more comfortable, but tried to stay as close to the era with parts. He has all of the original parts and tools! I was pleased to hear him say that this was not a "trailer car" meaning he drives it as it should be driven and not collecting dust in his garage. He says these cars are more sturdy than you think.

I love the olive green color and the glossy ebony fenders with the pop of yellow. Other charming features include the bud vase and a roll down shade with silk tassel for the back window. This is one sharp automobile! Thank you Ed!!














My favorite part!
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The List

Schindler's List for Sale. It will be sold on a first come, first served basis through Moments In Time.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Carol Burnett

...as Nora Desmond






...as Scarlett O'Hara




...as Margo Channing


...as Mildred Pierce

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oscar

Mary Pickford and her 1928 Oscar for Best Actress in Coquette


Conrad Nagel presents Norma Shearer with her 1930 Oscar for Best Actress in The Divorcee
Side note: MINK CUFFS!


Louis B. Mayer presents Helen Hayes with her 1932 Oscar for Best Actress in The Sin of Madelon Claudet


1932 Best Actor Oscar tie go to Wallace Beery for The Champ and Fredric March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, seen here with 1931 Oscar winner Lionel Barrymore and 1932 Academy President Conrad Nagel


Bette Davis admires her 1935 Oscar for Best Actress in Dangerous


David O. Selznick presents Vivien Leigh her 1939 Oscar for Best Actress in Gone With The Wind

First African American Oscar nominee Hattie McDaniel and her 1939 Best Supporting Actress Oscar in Gone With The Wind. Does anyone know who this is with her?

*Update~ The woman with Hattie is actress Fay Bainter. Thank you John!


Joan Fontaine holds her 1941 Oscar for Best Actress in Suspicion alongside Gary Cooper with his statuette for Best Actor in Sergeant York


Joan Crawford in bed "sick" accepting her 1945 Oscar for Best Actress in Mildred Pierce


Jose Ferrer hears the news of his 1950 Oscar win for Best Actor in Cyrano de Bergerac while dining in a New York City cafe with Judy Holiday and Gloria Swanson


Audrey Hepburn holds her 1953 Oscar for Best Actress in Roman Holiday


1954 Oscar winners Best Actor Marlon Brando for On The Waterfront and Best Actress Grace Kelly for The Country Girl


In 1957, Olivia de Havilland poses with her two Oscars; 1946 Best Actress Oscar for To Each His Own and 1949 Best Actress Oscar for The Heiress


Yul Brynner presents the 1960 Best Actress Oscar to Liz Taylor for her role in Butterfield 8