On The Turntable In 1953: 'How Much Is That Doggie In The Window' - Patti Page
Believe it or not - I actually have this 45rpm record. It was my mother's and she gave it to me. As a teenager I did not play it very much so it escaped becoming as scratchy as most of the others.
1953 Best Film Oscar: From Here to Eternity
A star cast included Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, Claude Akins and many others. There is an uncredited appearance by George Reeves, better known to us kids of the 1950s as the one and only real Superman (all others are frauds). He didn't wear his cape in the movie so we can be forgiven for not recognizing him.
So here we have a 1953 Chevrolet woody wagon, called the Townsman by Chevrolet. It was actually all steel with wood simulation so technically it isn't a woody. Woody wagons are always popular but by the mid 50s no one wanted to do the maintenance to keep the wood from cracking and rotting in the weather. Looks like this one has some nice upgrades including Olds spinner wheel covers, always a nice touch that was actually done in the 50s - although usually not on station wagons back then. The wide whitewall tires are period correct.
This one had a homemade wood roof rack which doesn't sound right except it was really done back then. My grandfather handmade a wood roof rack for his 1955 Dodge that turned into a tent for sleeping at night. Just raise up the triangular ends, slide in the center support tube and it's ready. I thought it was the coolest thing. During my trips down Route 66 in those days I saw other wood roof racks. They weren't common, but there were enough to be noticed.
I have another photo of this car in my gallery, but this is a different photo, not a re-post.