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It was the dawning of the "New Frontier." Expectations ran high as Alan Shepherd got America "off the ground" in the space race! Minimum wage was only $1.25 per hr., gas was only $ .27 per gal., and a new Impala was less than $3000.00.
Notes from the artist:
When my wife and I were married in 1961 all of our worldly possessions fit in our '51 Chevy Deluxe two door Sedan! Shelton's Drive-In had great malts and crisp onion rings but I would have had to work more than two hours to pay for those jumbo fried shrimp diners!
Lots of trivia in this nostalgic scene. My wife's cousin hung a live bull frog from our mirror on our wedding day.
The house across the street reminded me of Mickey Mouse's house at Disney World. Who is that in the window?
The '61 Impala hardtop like all the Chevy's of that era were classics from the moment they first appeared in the showrooms. My '41 Cadillac Series 75 is next to the '32 Ford Coupe.
Description by the Artist
Watch this video presentation by the artist describing the painting process, the research, and the hidden trivia in the painting.
The original painting is 36x24" on masonite panel, completed in 1995.
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