Sunday, April 27, 2008

Glory Days

In October The USPS will start selling forty two cent stamps with some of the more striking examples of America's automotive glory years. These were the years of tailfins, style, raw horsepower and when "The Cadillac" of something, anything, actually held meaning.

These were also the years of dominant American marketshare.

Check them out here.


Bike Bubba said...

Ya know, I've been reading through old National Geographics for a while, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what people saw in those old Caddies. Some of the Fords and Chryslers, yes, but not the Caddies.

Go back before the mid-1950s, OK, I'm there. Somehow that "golden age" of the 1950s and 1960s completely escapes my fancy--except for some of the pickups, and the development of the V8.

Call me weird, it's OK. I just don't get it.

jroosh said...

I call it the Glory days because there was pride in being and buying American. Because our cars were made to be American, not copies of the European and later the Japanese cars that stormed our shores, sneaking under our quality radar. Designers took liberties and weren't dotted lined to the accountants.

You don't have to love tailfins to appreciate that the name Cadillac meant something. It was the world's standard of quality and luxury. Then came brand management and the Cimarron.

Now it means "you turn it on and it returns the favor" least that's what we're supposed to believe.

Bike Bubba said...

Agreed on the death of interesting cars....that said, I think that the nostalgia for the past is one of the things that's killing U.S. automakers....probably the combination of 1 Sigma and this nostalgia have been deadly.