Or maybe it has less to do with auto lust than an appreciation of beautiful design.
One part of the exhibition Driving Our Dreams: Imagination in Motion, features postwar car design concepts, the result of American men's exposure to Italian design during and after WWII. Former GIs were looking for the exciting sorts of vehicles they had seen abroad.
I hope to show several examples in the near future, but here was one of my favorites. This beautiful 1954 Plymouth Explorer was designed to shed “Chrysler’s stodgy 1940s image.” According to the explanatory note, the Italian design house “Ghia built cars more creatively and less expensively than the American companies.” Thanks to Italian flair, Chrysler became the leader in cool auto style.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.