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Old Man Polenta's '57 Mercury | by In Memoriam: Michael Paul Smith
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Old Man Polenta's '57 Mercury

In town he was always known as "Old Man Polenta" because of his Italian background and he was also known for buying a new car every other year. His latest purchase, seen here, was a veritable "living room with turn signals" and boy was it ever one fine looking automobile.

Every Saturday he would take the Merc to the car wash, get the works done to it, then park it out in front.

Rumor had it he got the wash for free and parking it in front was a form of advertising for the car wash. Was there more going on?

This was small town gossip and we'll never know for sure.


On a different note, a fellow Flickr-ite, Tahir from Bangalore, India, sent me a link to a site that reproduces a wide range of film styles that can be applied to any photo.

I gave it a try and it was a lot of fun.

For this particular photo I used the Kodacolor 100 for a more vintage look.

Gotta love the digital age.



The car wash building was inspired by a photo I found on the web. The fresh clean typeface, the snappy color scheme coupled with the flag poles and the oh-so- modern painted limestone front wall announces that the future has arrive.


Both diecasts are from the Danbury Mint.





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Taken on April 27, 2013