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BobPalma
09-26-2016, 02:07 PM
:) Our home here in Brownsburg Indiana was built in 1952. The two-car attached garage was added in 1953. At the time, and to this day, Brownsburg was/is the consummate Indianapolis bedroom community; "suburbia" northwest of Indianapolis, in every sense of the word.

I had the Wagonaire out today to run an errand, retrieving a replacement Auto Zone Valucraft rebuilt starter for my beater 1999 Malibu. (Thank goodness Auto Zone's CASO-specific Valucraft line has a 12-month warranty; the warranty on this one had 34 days to go(!) when it took a dump!)

Anyway, when I came home and pulled the Wagonaire in the drive, it occurred to me that the setting and photograph could have been taken 50 years ago...when, in my never-so-humble opinion, things were "the way they ought to be." Had Jane the suburban Brownsburg housewife just returned from grocery shopping, she might have pulled in just like this to offload the week's provisions:

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss155/BobPalma/DSCF75151_zpsxwcze0em.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/BobPalma/media/DSCF75151_zpsxwcze0em.jpg.html)

(OK, sharp eyes will detect architectural shingles on our house that would not have been available in the mid 1960s...but work with me here, will ya'? ;)) :cool: BP

Bill Pressler
09-26-2016, 02:23 PM
For sure, Bob!

And in "the way things ought to be", an Indiana housewife in need of a station wagon WOULD be driving a Studebaker station wagon!

Commander Eddie
09-26-2016, 02:27 PM
Bob, I was born in Indianapolis and have fond memories of my grandparents house in Plainfield off Rockville Road on Rebecca Drive. It was a small 2 bedroom house with a wonderful basement, a big back yard, detached garage and a gravel driveway. Grandpa drove an Oldsmobile and grandma had a Mercury. See your photograph and reading your story brought back a flood of memories from the '50s. And you are right, those were wonderful years. At least in hindsight. Thanks for sharing this.

ivorydan
09-26-2016, 03:35 PM
So Bob, the question remains: which two cars go in those garages?
Dan

BobPalma
09-26-2016, 05:27 PM
So Bob, the question remains: which two cars go in those garages? Dan

:) Dan, the "two car garage" seen in the photo is actually four cars; it's two cars wide and two cars deep.

On the other side of the house is the detached 2001 Morton Building, which holds nine cars, as seen in the background of a couple photos in the June 2016 Turning Wheels. So there is plenty of room for "everyone." :D BP

Ron Dame
09-26-2016, 05:40 PM
Wally! Beaver! Supper time!


:) Our home here in Brownsburg Indiana was built in 1952. The two-car attached garage was added in 1953. At the time, and to this day, Brownsburg was/is the consummate Indianapolis bedroom community; "suburbia" northwest of Indianapolis, in every sense of the word.

I had the Wagonaire out today to run an errand, retrieving a replacement Auto Zone Valucraft rebuilt starter for my beater 1999 Malibu. (Thank goodness Auto Zone's CASO-specific Valucraft line has a 12-month warranty; the warranty on this one had 34 days to go(!) when it took a dump!)

Anyway, when I came home and pulled the Wagonaire in the drive, it occurred to me that the setting and photograph could have been taken 50 years ago...when, in my never-so-humble opinion, things were "the way they ought to be." Had Jane the suburban Brownsburg housewife just returned from grocery shopping, she might have pulled in just like this to offload the week's provisions:

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss155/BobPalma/DSCF75151_zpsxwcze0em.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/BobPalma/media/DSCF75151_zpsxwcze0em.jpg.html)

(OK, sharp eyes will detect architectural shingles on our house that would not have been available in the mid 1960s...but work with me here, will ya'? ;)) :cool: BP

Bordeaux Daytona
09-26-2016, 05:40 PM
Neat picture Bob:woot:. It reminds me of this one I posted a few years back. Hope you don't mind.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=15840&d=1339892594

rockne10
09-26-2016, 05:49 PM
... those were wonderful years. At least in hindsight. Yes; EVERYBODY supported the economy; especially those who could afford to. The middle class was riding high; houses being built; very low unemployment; one and two-car families, even when one might still be a professional homemaker. Today will be our wonderful years in hindsight; or at least our children's wonderful years. A dear friend, 34 years old, was vivacious last Wednesday morning, and died of pulmonary edema that afternoon. The best memories we can possibly retain are the good ones we create today. Probably not the reality Ayn Rand had in mind.

BobPalma
09-26-2016, 06:02 PM
Neat picture Bob:woot:. It reminds me of this one I posted a few years back. Hope you don't mind.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=15840&d=1339892594

:!: 'Not at all, John; welcome aboard!

I wonder if that house is a National Home, made in Lafayette Indiana. It does look like one of their basic postwar designs that were seemingly manufactured by the millions. ;)

(Can anyone make out the license plate on the Conestoga, as to state? :confused:) :cool: BP

BILT4ME
09-26-2016, 07:02 PM
I just wish we could get back to the VALUES of the '50's as well........

Back when the language was proper, and you didn't show on TV HOW the girl got pregnant........ Kids were punished for smoking or drinking, and the moral fiber was MUCH higher.

Oh my.................................I've become my father................................You kids get off my lawn!!!!!

GrumpyOne
09-26-2016, 07:12 PM
:) Our home here in Brownsburg Indiana was built in 1952. The two-car attached garage was added in 1953. At the time, and to this day, Brownsburg was/is the consummate Indianapolis bedroom community; "suburbia" northwest of Indianapolis, in every sense of the word.

I had the Wagonaire out today to run an errand, retrieving a replacement Auto Zone Valucraft rebuilt starter for my beater 1999 Malibu. (Thank goodness Auto Zone's CASO-specific Valucraft line has a 12-month warranty; the warranty on this one had 34 days to go(!) when it took a dump!)

Anyway, when I came home and pulled the Wagonaire in the drive, it occurred to me that the setting and photograph could have been taken 50 years ago...when, in my never-so-humble opinion, things were "the way they ought to be." Had Jane the suburban Brownsburg housewife just returned from grocery shopping, she might have pulled in just like this to offload the week's provisions:

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss155/BobPalma/DSCF75151_zpsxwcze0em.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/BobPalma/media/DSCF75151_zpsxwcze0em.jpg.html)

(OK, sharp eyes will detect architectural shingles on our house that would not have been available in the mid 1960s...but work with me here, will ya'? ;)) :cool: BP


Indeed... When things were simple and you were responsible for your own destiny.

I've loved every Studebaker that I have owned and though I seldom drive one everyday, my everyday beater is older than yours by another fifteen years or so. An '83 Honda Civic automatic that serves as my "truck." Simple and easy to maintain and even accomplish, (though rarely needed), major repairs. 200K on the clock and still going strong.

Hope to see a lot of people in South Bend come May when I'll be driving the Power Hawk...

48skyliner
09-26-2016, 07:16 PM
"Back when the language was proper, and you didn't show on TV HOW the girl got pregnant........ Kids were punished for smoking or drinking, and the moral fiber was MUCH higher."

By proper language, you probably mean less profanity, but in fact the age of texting and email has badly degraded the use of English. It was Will Smith who was very critical of some of the athletes who are supposed to be role models for the kids growing up , especially in some disadvantage groups. His comment was that after you make your first million, you should be able to afford some tutoring and learn to speak English correctly before you do all those interviews and sound like an idiot. But hey, we have not too long ago even had a president who could not speak in complete sentences. Where is Winston Churchill when we really need him?

8E45E
09-26-2016, 08:05 PM
I suspect it would have been BACKED into the driveway to unload things!!

(And the screen door propped open.)

Craig

63t-cab
09-26-2016, 08:33 PM
If only You had a Champ Long Bed Bob,parked in front of the other Garage Door. You see the Husband could have been a Carpenter,Plumber,or Electrician out building America with that Champ. and when He walked in the House would say Jane I'm Home - " hey did You remember to pick up some Vanilla Shake-A-Pudding " :)


:) Our home here in Brownsburg Indiana was built in 1952. The two-car attached garage was added in 1953. At the time, and to this day, Brownsburg was/is the consummate Indianapolis bedroom community; "suburbia" northwest of Indianapolis, in every sense of the word.

I had the Wagonaire out today to run an errand, retrieving a replacement Auto Zone Valucraft rebuilt starter for my beater 1999 Malibu. (Thank goodness Auto Zone's CASO-specific Valucraft line has a 12-month warranty; the warranty on this one had 34 days to go(!) when it took a dump!)

Anyway, when I came home and pulled the Wagonaire in the drive, it occurred to me that the setting and photograph could have been taken 50 years ago...when, in my never-so-humble opinion, things were "the way they ought to be." Had Jane the suburban Brownsburg housewife just returned from grocery shopping, she might have pulled in just like this to offload the week's provisions:

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss155/BobPalma/DSCF75151_zpsxwcze0em.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/BobPalma/media/DSCF75151_zpsxwcze0em.jpg.html)

(OK, sharp eyes will detect architectural shingles on our house that would not have been available in the mid 1960s...but work with me here, will ya'? ;)) :cool: BP

Bordeaux Daytona
09-26-2016, 08:55 PM
:!: 'Not at all, John; welcome aboard!

I wonder if that house is a National Home, made in Lafayette Indiana. It does look like one of their basic postwar designs that were seemingly manufactured by the millions. ;)

(Can anyone make out the license plate on the Conestoga, as to state? :confused:) :cool: BP

Thanks Bob!
I bought the pic in South Bend in 2012. I was told the house was in South Bend's McKinley Terrace. It might have that on the back too.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?62581-South-Bend-McKinley-Terrace-Conestoga-Picture

Mikado282
09-26-2016, 09:08 PM
The Good Old Days, they really were growing up in the 50's & 60's. Housing was not as stratified as today. The neighborhood I grew up in Portland, OR I could not even be able to afford a house in it today. But somehow postmen, stockbrokers, teachers, policemen & even a policewoman, factory workers, bakers, bankers, railroad workers, store owners, carpenters, salesmen, photographers, architects, managers, politicians and even widows with 7 kids to raise all lived harmoniously together in the same neighborhood back in the 50-60's. I miss it greatly.

t walgamuth
09-26-2016, 11:31 PM
:!: 'Not at all, John; welcome aboard!

I wonder if that house is a National Home, made in Lafayette Indiana. It does look like one of their basic postwar designs that were seemingly manufactured by the millions. ;)

(Can anyone make out the license plate on the Conestoga, as to state? :confused:) :cool: BP

There are a lot of homes here in Lafayette that resemble that and are Nationals.

packardHawk58
09-27-2016, 05:45 AM
Bob, not meaning to hi-jack your thread but you know how I like wagons!
Not as period correct as yours but it could almost be 1969 except for the digger in the front yard.
http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae194/packardhawk58/Matts%20Car/IMG_0734%204_zpsahdgu0jm.jpg (http://s971.photobucket.com/user/packardhawk58/media/Matts%20Car/IMG_0734%204_zpsahdgu0jm.jpg.html)

BobPalma
09-27-2016, 07:38 AM
Bob, not meaning to hi-jack your thread but you know how I like wagons!
Not as period correct as yours but it could almost be 1969 except for the digger in the front yard.
http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae194/packardhawk58/Matts%20Car/IMG_0734%204_zpsahdgu0jm.jpg (http://s971.photobucket.com/user/packardhawk58/media/Matts%20Car/IMG_0734%204_zpsahdgu0jm.jpg.html)

:!: Is that a Sport Wagon California, Brian? I didn't know they made those! ;)

Yes: "long roofs," as station wagons are becoming known as here in the 'States, are increasingly popular as collector cars. Anyone who owns a sliding-roof Wagonaire can testify as to the attention they garner at any show, as I've come to learn. :cool: BP

Mrs K Corbin
09-27-2016, 07:41 AM
Yeah, gone are the days of the Home-Makers......

packardHawk58
09-27-2016, 07:53 AM
Yes Bob, bought it from the original owner, ordered with a 400 engine, ram air, hood tach, drives real nice. I only know of one other here in OZ.
But as you know I have the 58 Olds Fiesta Hardtop Wagon about to be restored which will be its replacement, cant keep them all!

rockinhawk
09-27-2016, 08:00 AM
58727This old house is on property my wife inheirited. It was built in 1923 by her Grandfather for a farm hand to live in. It was an OLD house when the truck was new. It just recieved it's 1st new roof. the original tin lasted 90 years. My daughter lives in it now.

BobWaitz
09-27-2016, 03:12 PM
If you are interested in what that neighborhood might have looked like "back in the day" you should check out "A Serious Man." This Coen brothers dark comedy takes place in just such a neighborhood.

https://christianlongdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/a-serious-man-suburbia-1.png (https://christianlongdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/a-serious-man-suburbia-1.png)

The Coen brothers grew up in St. Louis Park, MN and wanted to capture what their neighborhood was like back then. The problem is that trees have grown up everywhere. So they found a location in Bloomington, MN with houses of the same vintage where a wind storm had taken out most of the trees. They digitally removed the rest to give it that "new suburb" look. Whether you like the movie or not, you'll spend a lot of time looking at the yards, houses, and interior shots.

Xcalibur
09-27-2016, 11:31 PM
Perhaps, more accurately from what you say... "The way things were..."

rockne10
09-27-2016, 11:53 PM
Back when those who made more than $400,000 paid 92% in income taxes and were still the richest people in the community; and felt blessed.