Before social media, these vacation souvenir decals were how you shared your life with strangers –  Richard Lentinello @Hemmings

Before social media, these vacation souvenir decals were how you shared your life with strangers – Richard Lentinello @Hemmings

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Long before Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and countless other online platforms made our lives a jumble of hot takes, thirst traps, and memes, back when you stuck a dime in your penny loafers in case you needed to make a phone call (that is, if you could find a phone booth) the primary social media instrument of the day was your car’s rear window and back bumper.

This was where you “voiced” your interests, in the form of bumper stickers or window decals.During the later part of the 1940s all the way into the ’60s, when Americans excitedly took to the new interstates to visit places of interests such as national parks, scenic towns, and national monuments, vacation decals were all the rage. Plastered on the rear window of the family car – especially on station wagons – they were a proud announcement to your neighbors that you had the good fortune to vacation in a place where few Americans at the time had visited. Those window decals were our Facebook posts of the day

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  1. One man and his Mustang – UK – I'm just a man with a Classic 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe and an ever increasing collection of car detailing products to keep it clean. I bought the car as a non rolling project in 2011 which had been neglected, set fire to, rusted and abused. As a result of all that the car needed a bare metal strip down, a nut and bolt restoration." Four and a half years later the car was completed, on the road and shown at the UK's premier Classic Car Show, everything that was done to my car is documented here. I now have the privilege to drive one of America's most recognised cars and a true Icon, the Ford Mustang.
    One man and his Mustang says:

    Gone are the days where you saw camper vans covered in stickers, or badges of honour! 😟

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