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The Tucker Showroom at Night | by In Memoriam: Michael Paul Smith
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The Tucker Showroom at Night

In the early 1990s I came across a car dealership from the '30's that

was so small just one automobile could be displayed in it's showroom and the only other

objects in the room were a desk and a chair.

It was a true marvel of efficiently used space. Adding to all that was the car parked inside; a 1952 Studebaker, in mint condition. [ Cue Twilight Zone music ]


This photograph is my homage to that miniaturized showroom.


When building my Tucker dealership, I made sure the car could be driven into

this type of building, so the design is based in reality, such as it is.


Another homage is to the film director Francis Coppola and his "stage set" way of presenting

the past, where all of the details of everyday life are present in a scene, yet something is slightly off

in a dream-like way.

[ And yet another homage is to the fact that he owns 2 Tuckers and made the film: Tucker: the man and His Dream.]


In the time line of Elgin Park history, this dealership lasted only a short while and the building was eventually turned into the Tip Top Toy Store. It was a sad day for the Tucker franchise but a

great day for the kids of Elgin Park.


Link to Tip Top Toy Store photo:

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Taken on May 27, 2012