Monday, July 30, 2018


A rear view of a Chrysler Imperial from the 1955 or 1956 model year.  

Tail light

 Seen from almost above, the hood ornament resembles an airplane in streaming flight.

Hood ornament (top view)

A slightly more side view shows a cockpit and the ornament seems to shoot out from the hood.

Hood ornament (side view)

The Imperial logo can be seen here.  

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lynx Eye Blue Dot

Many customized cars sport Lynx Eye Blue Dot tail light lenses.

Blue dot I

The deep red turns almost purple in the twilight.

Blue dot II

The red stands out against the yellow.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Classy chassis

The color is "flat black", but it looks like "satin" or "eggshell".

Classic curves I

Classic curves II

The flat finish enhances the classic curves of this custom car.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Auto typography

The typographers in the 1950's and 1960's were very creative when they designed logos for cars.

Chrysler Imperial - side

Chrysler Imperial - trunk

Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria

Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria

Chevrolet Malibu SS side

No serifs or sans seen here.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sidelit wall

If you thought that bricklayers always lay even courses in all directions, look again.

Sunlit cinder block wall

This side lit exterior wall illustrates just how rippled the resulting wall can be.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Classic GAS

The classic "GAS" manhole cover made by the Pitz Foundry of Brooklyn, New York.

Pitz Foundry Gas

The contemporary take on the classic.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Shiny bell

A worn out bell might not ring too well, but it still can shine.

Twelve ex twelve hex manhole cover

Vehicular traffic has worn down the lettering on this 12x12 hex Bell System manhole cover.  A lightly worn cover can be seen here and here.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Button handle

Button lift handle

The "button" is the top of the handle that is used to open and close the diamond plate sidewalk cellar door.

The image after a kaleidoscope treatment:

Kaleidoscopic handle

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bent pole

Yellow paint

The yellow paint blob directs the eye to the straight line shadow cast by the bent street sign pole.