Saturday, May 27, 2023

Pic(k) of the Week: Open road, in town

Open road, in town
Popping the top,
Into the center of town
Rode the Galaxie 500.*

In the United States, this weekend, Memorial Day weekend —although astronomically a few weeks short of summer— signals, for many, the calendrical start of the summer season.

Coincident with it is a wave of vacation travel. The lure of the 'open' road —and its traverser, the automobile— has long been a quintessential American motif. A popped 'ragtop' —hair, free in the breeze— can only add to that.

Image taken in the town of Avondale Estates, Georgia, USA (in 2018), where, even if nowhere near Route 66, the urge remains as impelling.

  • Photographer's note:
    No traffic laws were violated! The traffic signal was red.

  • * The Ford Galaxie is a full-sized car that was built in the United States by the Ford Motor Company for model years 1959 through 1974. The name was used for the top models in Ford's full-size range from 1958 until 1961, in a marketing attempt to appeal to the excitement surrounding the 'space race.' For 1962, all full-size Fords wore the Galaxie badge, with "500" and "500/XL" denoting the higher series. One of the assembly plants was located in Hapeville, Georgia (about a dozen miles southwest of Avondale Estates).
    Galaxie 500.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, occasionally, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 22 of 52, for year 2023. See a hi-res version on Flickr: here.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
    • Lens: Lumix G 20/F1.7 II
    • Settings: 20 mm | 1/1000sec | ISO 200 | ƒ/6.3

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