Randy Welborn Studio

Dragging the Circle
circa 1958

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It's late Saturday afternoon, May 31, 1958, and the class of '58 is celebrating the past week's graduation by "dragging" the College and 11th Street traffic circle one more time, probably a favorite activity of the era at all such intersections in Texas. The girl in the Impala has been keeping track of the revolutions on a chalk board.

The Hub Diner opened in the mid-forties and was expanded to a full-fledged restaurant by the late fifties. Incidentally, it was my great uncle, Logan Welborn, who designed the additions.

For small prints, the sheet size is either 8x10" or 8.5x11" and the actual image size is approximately 6.75 x 10" For large prints, the sheet size is 16x20" and the actual image size is approximately 13.25x20"

Notes from the artist:

The Hub Diner was one of those 40s and 50s era places we love to reminisce about.  Built in a factory, diners were shipped to a location by truck or rail.  Featuring "pleated" stainless equipment and decor and plenty of colorful neon the diner was truly Americana.

Each classic car (and truck) in this scene has special memories for me.  The '57 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser reminded me of a space ship!  The kids in the '55 Ford pickup are wearing a Davy Crockett Coonskin Cap and 3-D glasses.

But the most memorable thing is the blue '58 Impala like the one in the movie "Peggy Sue Got Married".  Buddy's birthday is on the license plate because 1958 was the year his great classic songs were on the air all the time.  The next year ... Feb '59 ... "the music died" ... but Buddy Holly's memory lives on.

Of course my '41 Cadillac Series 75 is seen parked in front of the diner behind the custom classic '51 Mercury.

Description by the Artist

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The original painting is 36x24" on masonite panel, completed in 1989.

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