1957 Plymouth Belvedere Сonvertible

NOVEMBER 1957 – A man poses for the photographer next to a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Сonvertible at a car dealer in Burbank, California. Scan © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

I found this print in the heritage of my mother. A man poses next to a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Сonvertible, apparently at car dealer Joe Phillips in Burbank, California. The image has been dated 5th November 1957 on the back, so this must be an early friend of my mother who took the image and handed it to her when they started dating in the early 1960s. Most likely he was serving in the German army.

I think it is a fabulous shot as it shows the pride of standing next to a huge American car – in America! This was the ultimate sign of wealth and freedom, at least for many Germans. Admittedly, the cars where looking great and were spacious but operations and maintenance were not affordable in Germany.

The date of the image is also interesting: it’s November, a time of the year where the weather is truly dreadful in Northern Germany. But this guy poses for an outdoor photo wearing just a casual suit.

Oh, and today, just the pair of metal license plate frames sets you back $148. Oh wow.


The high resolution image

Capture DateEarly 1960s
LocationBurbank, CA
Image Source9 x 9 Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3669 x 2752 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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