Monday, February 4, 2013

Vintage Red

Every now and then, you stumble upon something you want to examine further. You want to get up close, see the details. If you're like me, you want to capture the image to take with you. You examine it from several angles, taking in the colors and shapes.

vintage Coke machine

Mobile gas for 32 cents

This scene, in a side street off the highway, grabbed my attention as I drove by at 50 mph. Red does that. It grabs you and makes you look again. Corporate logos use red for a reason.

29-cent price on vintage gas pump

These are functional items covered in corporate logos, but they are beautiful. They make me appreciate why "vintage" is desirable. The current versions of these items may have greater functionality, but less beauty. They lack the shine and personality of the older models.

vintage oil pumps and Mobile logo

vintage Mobilgas pump at 32 cents per gallon

vintage Coca-Cola machine

I don't think gas cost either 29 or 32 cents in my lifetime, but I remember when Coca-Cola came in shapely glass bottles that felt good in your hand. I remember popping off the cap with a mounted Coca-Cola cap remover--the tilt, the flick of the wrist, the pop of the cap, the sound of the fizz. It tasted better then.

Mobil Gas thermometer with Christmas lights

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