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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Vintage Thingies Thursday – Gingerbread and Cadillac



This post is part of Vintage Thingies Thursday. On her blog Lisa, the Apron Queen, gives a comprehensive list of the sorts of vintage items which qualify: Briefly, they include vintage linens and textiles, vintage kitchen items, and vintage sewing.

Here is a photo taken in 1960's of the garage at our house in Queens, NY. Notice the large old-fashion siding tiles, which were also on the house.


Notice also the decoration on the gable. This gingerbread trim was made by my father, who was a carpenter and construction worker. He loved to design and make furniture items and a variety of decorative things like picture frames. He also added various structural and decorative changes to the house such as built-in bookcases and pass-throughs.


The car in the garage was a 1959 Cadillac De Ville. Note the showy tail fins. I can remember how long the car was. It was our family car for several years -– my dad drove his pickup to work. Our family would pile in to go to church each week. As children, we nicknamed the car, “Caddy Cathy.”



Well, these are my vintage thingies for this week. Do visit Lisa at the Apron Queen for more posts.

14 comments:

Amy said...

ooh I love old cars like that!

Stephanie said...

What great details you pointed out in the pic! I love the old cars, ours wasn't that fancy, she was a green Ford Falcon and we called her "Violet" LOL!

Beth Ann said...

Beautiful work your dad did! I love the trim! And what a great car! I don't remember us owning anything like that, just an old station wagon and a Dodge Dart which was sort of flashy and hip.

Coloradolady said...

great photos. I would love to have an old car like that to drive around in on Sundays.....thanks for sharing.

Dawn said...

Caddy Cathy--love it!

The Apron Queen said...

Beautiful trim work. What wonderful craftsmanship. And the car is wonderful. Love the fins! :)

Thanks for sharing.

Lidian said...

Fantastic photo! The house looks a bit like my grandmother's 1950s house out on Long Island...My mom grew up in Queens BTW.

Her Shabbiness said...

What great photos you have. Your dad was very talented. I love the name of the car and she looks like she was fun to ride in.

Elizabeth said...

Very cool that you have pictures like this of your home/daily things. My dad and I are trying to compile some right now & it's difficult, especially because he has slides as well as some prints.

Please try to stop by my Beach Party tomorrow, celebrating my 50th post!

Drama Girl said...

I'm just wondering if you got out of the car in the garage -- it looks like such a snug fit that it would be hard to get the doors open.

We were the boring station wagon/Dodge Dart family too.

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Your dad did beautiful work--that kind of detail is rare to find on the homes of today.
My husband and I like to go to old car shows and check out our favorites--Your Cadillac De Ville is truly a special one!
Great photos!
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

Tea Time and Roses said...

Oh how I enjoy old vintage photos, and these are great! The car is really something special! As kids we would call it the Whale Tail Cadillac! :o) It certainly is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

Smiles...

Beverly

BumbleVee said...

Wish I had a pic of my '59 Edsel! I didn't buy it new..but it was in brand new condition.. oooohhh...how I wish I had that car now. Can you believe I sold it to buy the then boyfriend a new car? ..arrrgghhhh! stupid! stupid!

Jewelgirl said...

COOL old picture and car! Love those
fins on the Cadillac!