This week, as always, Dan looks for pictures of doors for his #Thursday Doors Challenge. Cee turned this week’s Fun Foto Challenge into a wonderful fountain of fotos for me at the Martin Auto Museum. I couldn’t wait for her challenge to finally publish!

Martin Auto Museum #4

Vince’s favorite car

“Peace, brother.” I’m not sure how the peace sign goes with a flaming red car. I love red cars and he doesn’t, so I was a bit shocked when he picked this out as his favorite! It was probably the bench seats. Bucket seats were a bad invention for teen boys just beginning to date.

suicide doors on this 1957 Eldorado Brougham Cadillac

Vince could hardly wait to climb into the first car we saw in the museum. As he reverently opened the door, he solemnly pointed out all the defining coolness characteristics. Suicide doors definitely made this car cool as did the brushed stainless steel roof.

suicide doors

The number and brightness of the lights in this museum make the reflections off these vehicles like seem like looking into a serene lake at high noon. The chrome of the door handles almost disappears into the sparkle.

Other cool parts of the Eldorado

What is your favorite part of the car? What makes it cool to you? As we drive down the road and Vince says, “That is such a beautiful car,” sometimes I think it looks like any other SUV. I have to ask him what makes it so different. For Vince, often coolness starts with the word aluminum.

How many parts of a car can you name? You might surprise yourself. Do you know the name of the pointed piece on the bumper?

plastic seat covers, chrome door handles, wing windows

I had to laugh at this one. Yes, the seats were perfectly protected, but my first husband had an aunt who had every piece of furniture in her living room covered with plastic. So inviting. The furniture went out of style before it even had a stain. Then she went into a nursing home. Her furniture probably went into a furniture museum. It was quite the fad.

cute little storage door
Woody doors, fenders, and white wall tires

Woodies get my vote for the most beautiful doors. The polished wood shone almost as brightly as the chrome door handles.

Woody door, chrome handle, and split-bench front seats

I can’t imagine driving this car to the beach and ruining it with sand and salt air. Maybe this one had plastic door covers at the time.

Hammad’s Weekend Skies Last Weekend

We all hope that the Monsoon season will begin soon in Arizona. We have four major forest fires burning right now that I know about, three of which are six miles from Flagstaff and one near Tucson. We depend on the Monsoon season to bring us water.

Last weekend, I thought the clouds held the promise of rain. As you can see in the last picture, a few sprinkles were the extent of our precipitation.

The Pipeline Fire is currently 22,888 acres with 31% containment and the Haywire Fire is estimated at 5,065 acres with no containment. https://ein.az.gov/keywords/flagstaff.

As a comparison, here are the stats from Dan’s post about the Squire’s Tavern and People’s State Forest in Connecticut.

Peoples State Forest is a Connecticut state forest occupying 3,059 acres along the West Branch Farmington River opposite American Legion State Forest in the town of Barkhamsted.

Wikipedia

I hope you enjoyed this week’s different take on #Thursday Doors, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – car parts, and Hammad’s Weekend Skies. Sorry, this is one of your old posts, Hammad. I couldn’t find the most recent.

Ongoing at Always Write

  • June Story Chat “The Backpack” by Aimer Boyzlast week to add your comment to the conversation. Summary of this controversial post coming on June 21st. Next month a new story, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog
  • WQW #22 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Hot June Holidays: Father’s Day and Juneteenth” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time. Try the new InLinkz link.
  • PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge) every Friday at 9:00 (ish). The last day to post links is Thursday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time. Try the new InLinkz link.

And that’s it, folks. Here’s to a very rosy week for you.


62 responses to “Doors and Miscellaneous Car Parts Under the Weekend Skies”

  1. Alice DeForest Avatar

    The cars are fabulous, all that room without being strapped in.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      A different time! Glad you liked them. It was an amazing collection. 🙂

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  2. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Great Pics Marsha. I don’t stop to look at cars except for a pristine red one like you. Vince looks pretty happy sitting in it!
    💖👏

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That was his favorite. We had a great time. I love museums and this one was superb.

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  3. #tamakastudio Avatar

    oh gosh! every single of it is mind blowing!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks. I was surprised how many parts I could actually name and photograph. 🙂

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      1. #tamakastudio Avatar

        yeah! when you inspired too much, every sec is a click and struggle to name it come later

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, I think! 🙂

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  4. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    I remember visiting friends of my parents who encased their furniture in plastic. I am grateful that my parents never went in that direction. >grin<

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Mine did not either. Our house was not spotless, nor is our home now, though I work at keeping it nice. Plastic covers have never been part of the regime! 🙂

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  5. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Very nice car doors, Marsha. I like looking at antique and vintage cars too, even though I am not particularly interested in cars.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I think of you as more of a carriage person. 🙂 Something more historical than a mere car. 🙂

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      1. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

        Haha, Marsha, I do like carriages too.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Since you write histories, I think you have to know more about transportation in the past than current transportation – and that would include the recent past. Although when you move through time, that complicated things because you have to know so much more to make both time periods realistic. 🙂

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          1. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

            That is true, Marsha. I love research and history so I really enjoy finding out more about life in different eras.

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  6. Ally Bean Avatar

    Beautiful photos of cars. My favorite part of a car is the brakes, followed by the steering wheel and the headlights. Stop, go, see clearly… the essence of driving!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Those are all pretty essential, Ally, but I like to sit when I’m driving! 🙂

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  7. Prior... Avatar

    Those plastic seat covers are serious protection
    And I had to laugh at your story about your aunt’s furniture too!
    Love the car photos for doors and so much more !
    ☀️☀️

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Yvette! Did you want some plastic covers for your birthday?

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  8. Staarlz Avatar
    Staarlz

    Great post!! My ageing brain coughed up Jim Croce’s song, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”–re the Eldorado! So sorry about the forest/wildfires–I don’t look forward to summer here in WA, as they cause a lot of damage. Sending up prayers for serious rain relief!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much. I’m going to be in your beautiful state this September.

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      1. Staarlz Avatar
        Staarlz

        Oooh, will you be anywhere near Lynnwood? I’d love to meet you!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I will be in Portland for about a week, then off to Spokane. 🙂 My first husband was from Seattle. His mom lived on Dayton Avenue N. near Greenwood. I had a hard time recognizing it the last time I went up there. The lot had been divided and a huge hous built in front of his parent’s home.

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          1. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            Hopefully you’ll have lovely September weather in Spokane! 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I hope. Let me know if you want to come that direction and meet up with Terri and me. You’re only about 3.5 hours from Portland, too, aren’t you. We are going to try to meet several of us in Portland.

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          3. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            Thanks for the invitation, Marsha–but I don’t drive, I’m pretty much homebound due to health issues. You gals have a great time!!😊

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            I understand. I wish it was different. I would love to come up your way, but don’t have the family anymore, or the time away from home. My mother-in-law died in 2002, so I only went back to clear up estate issues.

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          5. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            I understand too, Marsha. There’s only been one blogger I met in person, back in 2011–only because she lived very close in miles. However I met my best friend (like a sister) through our blogs, and then emailing. She’s in IL and cannot travel here because she has a special needs child–and I can’t go there. But we’re in daily contact through emails, and she has richly blessed my life. I’m sure you and I would hit it off too–and we can do that via the blogs 🙂

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            I have a super close friend in Australia, and we do much the same. We have visited each other several times, though. Kind of limited now, LOL!

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          7. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            I emailed with a guy in Australia for awhile…till it got too weird, haha!

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            Good time to quit!!

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          9. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            Yep 🙂

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          10. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            PS: I updated my Juneteenth post to include WWW link and 2 quotes 🙂

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          11. Marsha Avatar

            Awesome!!

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          12. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            You’re a blessing–and inspiring too 🙂

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          13. Marsha Avatar

            Thanks, I’m blushing.

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          14. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            Aw shucks! 🙂

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          15. Marsha Avatar

            Oh, and yes, we can definitely be friends through our blogs, and I used to know your area well. 🙂

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          16. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            😊

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  9. bushboy Avatar

    Fabulous…..just fabulous n:) 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks! 🙂

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  10. Dan Antion Avatar

    I love these car doors. The close up shots are my favorites, including that bumper. Those bring back very nice memories. Today, almost all cars look the same. These were special.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was a different culture, for sure. We are almost back to the beginning when everything was a black Ford Model T. 🙂

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  11. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    Oh that’s funny, your weekend sky link was linked to my wordless Wednesday post, Marsha! But thanks, LOL! Love that red car Vince is sitting in! I remember the bench seat in certain cars and trucks BITD! I was really nervous on a date when I was 16 wondering if I should sit on my side or smack up against the driver. No seat belts, etc. Great images for Thursday Doors!!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s a great story! What???? I linked to your post not Hammad’s. It’s back to the drawing board for me!

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        LOL! I’m sitting at the drawing board right now getting a few posts pre-scheduled. 4 days to lift off!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Awesome. I haven’t done my PPAC yet for tomorrow and I’m going to a concert tonight. Yikes. 🙂

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  12. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Love the cars, Marsha!! Where’s this museum? There was a museum in Cleveland that had lots of great old cars and even an airplane or two (small ones obviously.) I had to laugh at your comment about the plastic-covered furniture. A relative of my mom’s had all their living room furniture covered in plastic which, in the heat and humidity of Omaha (or the winter cold), would have been really uncomfortable. Fortunately, we children were relegated to the basement to play and not allowed to sit on it. I realize now what a good thing that was. 🙂

    janet

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      What a funny story! I hated how sticky they were when you wore shorts! Then your legs had plastic marks for the next 20-30 minutes. 🙂

      The museum is at 4320 W Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306.

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  13. fenlandphil Avatar

    Thanks, Marsha.
    Ah, the joy of bench seats, when your girlfriend could slide along and cuddle up beside you.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I remember those days. I turned high school age about the time of seat belts and bucket seats.

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  14. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Cool idea to combine doors and car parts. Beautiful photos Marsha. I do like the photo of Vince 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. He’s a cutie. I have way more car parts – all labeled LOL. Tons of hood ornaments!

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  15. Rebecca Cuningham Avatar

    Love those classic cars! And the gorgeous skies.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Rebecca! 🙂

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  16. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    I love the cars of that era. Thank you for sharing some of your pictures! We have a huge woody show here in August which is fabulous.

    I hope you get your rain soon… and send some this way if you do. I think we are going to have a pretty hot summer with little or no rain 😦

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      No rain is a huge challenge. I hope you will take lots of pictures. I love woodies. 🙂

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