Wednesday, September 23, 2015

You’re Probably Around My Age If...

...you had one, knew someone who had one or rode in one of these:


Ah yes, the once popular station wagon that is now endangered, pushed aside by vans and sport utility vehicles.


My parents never had one when I was growing up (in fact, they never had a car) but a good friend of theirs did, and on a couple of occasions, my brothers and I got a ride in it.

This car, which was name 'Woodie' for it's extensive wood paneling, is like a time machine. Every time I get a glimpse of it, I'm transported back to my early childhood.

Do you have any personal experience with this automobile?

34 comments:

  1. I remember thinking that riding in the rear facing seat - in the "way way back" - was wicked cool.

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  2. We never had a station wagon either but I certainly remember seeing them around!

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    1. They were quite popular at one point. You couldn't miss them.

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  3. We had an old used Wagonmaster for three years, til the floor gave out totally and i could put my feet through it! Kids stuffed rags in the corners to prevent dust from coming in while we drove out west across the prairies!

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  4. Sorry not had any experience with this car ... but cars can bring back many memories.
    I always used to name my cars - don't do it so much now.
    Do any of your readers do this?

    Have a great Wednesday.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Cars do bring back many memories. I still remember my first vehicle; my first big purchase. Such a proud moment!

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  5. We only knew people who had them, they were huge and typically people with lots of kids had one. I doubt if many were actually used at a station. The originals were made of real wood back in 1929 and were used to transport people from the train station to a hotel and other commercial uses. http://packautomotivemuseum.com/c169.html

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    1. My family was never fortunate enough to own one, but I loved my friends who did. Riding in the back with no seat belts was so cool. Great place to have picnics too. BTW, your blog and Pat Hatt's blog won't allow me leave my own comment any more. I have to leave it as a reply. WTH?

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    2. They were great for large families. And for workers. We had a family friend that used it for jobs. He was a painter.

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    3. What's up with that, girl, and you can't comment? That is really bizarre! I'm going to look that up and see what's going on.

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  6. My father was a car salesman and he always had brand new cars to take home until they were sold. I do remember one of these we had for a few weeks. There was lots of room in the back for all his 9 kids!!

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  7. My parents had a station wagon almost exactly like the one in your photo. They bought it brand new and traveled to Detroit to pick it up from the factory. We always called it "new car."

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    1. That must have been such a proud moments for your folks.

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  8. I think I've seen some old ones in junk lots and a rare couple still drive-able on the road.

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  9. I think an aunt might have had one. I do remember huge Thunderbirds, gas guzzlers.

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    1. Gas guzzlers! There were quite a few of them around when I was young.

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  10. I remember seeing them but never had nor rode in one.

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    1. Being so popular, I think most people got a glimpse of them.

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  11. Yes, yes, yes! It was red and white striped - the Rebel station wagon. Loved sitting alone in the little backwards back-seat. I think it was backwards. But I might be getting it mixed up with our next big red tank, a Rambler.

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  12. Now personal experience but I certainly remember the "boats". When I see one or sit in one it's hard to imagine that they were that big and simple.

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    1. Hahaha..yes, the "boats"! That's what big cars were called.

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  13. Not one like this but we had a black one. Not for us kids though. My father was breeding Labrador Retrievers in those days and they needed space. :)

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  14. That was all the rage when I was growing up. We too didn't have a car when I was growing up, but I did ride in several for field trips for school, etc. Always like to sit in the back :)

    betty

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    1. Sitting in the back was the best. That was my favourite, too.

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  15. I've seen them in a lot of the old tv shows I've watched, if that counts!

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    1. Yes, that certainly counts. Because at least you're aware of them :)

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