Let's do the time warp again


My friend Jason over at Studebaker Guide did a recent post featuring a picture he took of his 1950 Studebaker Champion (named "Doc") in front of Pancake Circus. Cards and prints are available online.

I love this image! Nothing reflects post-war optimism and exuberance more than 1950s cars and Googie architecture. For more about Googie, see my previous post and for more regarding Studebakers I highly recommend Jason's blog.

11 comments:

Jersey2J said...

Thanks for the post Gretchen.

You have a wonderful blog that is both educational and an inspiration; it puts one more notch in the "why Sacramento is a great place to live" belt.

Keep up the posting and let me know if I can help with photos, etc.

Gretchen said...

:) Thanks!

Barbara said...

Since you know where every Eichler is in Sac, any idea where some Streng or similar houses are?

Eat at Pancake Circus once a month, after the antique show!!

Gretchen said...

Hi Barbara! Here's a map to Streng neighborhoods, directly from the Streng Bros: http://www.strengbroshomes.com/MAP_OF_STRENG_NEIGHBORHOODS.html

See also The Beam Guy's overview of Streng neighborhoods http://www.thebeamguy.com/strengbros.php which gives Streng locations as: "Davis, Woodland, Elk Grove, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Natomas, etc. Several of the more well known include River City Commons, Evergreen Commons, Shelfield Oaks, Willhagin Estates, Williamson Ranch, and South Overbrook."

Also visit http://www.modernvalley.blogspot.com/ for a closer look at post+beam construction homes, including Streng Bros. homes and Carter Sparks custom homes.

I've also posted the direct links to some Streng neighborhood sites in the left margin under "Other Sacramento MCM (neighborhoods, neighbors, places)"

Barbara said...

Wow! Thanks a bunch!!
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Barbara
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Modernesia said...

Photos like this are crucial to remembering those times. Thanks!

Gretchen said...

Thanks Modernesia. What I love best about Jason's photo -- and have since clarified in my post -- is that he took it recently! His refurbished Champion in front of one of our well-established, old-school, still-standing neighborhood diners.

Joe Barthlow said...

I bet they had good pancakes

Gretchen said...

They still do Joe -- it's still a standing institution here but they have fewer hours than they used to. But not for the coulrophobic :) Jason linked a recent story by Cap Radio in his blog; here's the link: http://www.capradio.org/articles/articledetail.aspx?articleid=6460

wburg said...

yeah, the disabled-parking signs are kind of a giveaway as to the actual era of the photo...but it's still neat to simulate. There are a few places in Sacramento (shrinking in number every year) where you can look around and feel like you're in another time. The right atmosphere and artifacts can help propel that illusion.

Gretchen said...

I think those signs are the only non-vintage things in that pic! The rest is the real deal :)