Using old photos to determine when the family car became a family member – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

Using old photos to determine when the family car became a family member – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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Is it just because cars became ubiquitous during the second half of the 20th century that they constantly appear in family album photographs, or is it something more? At what point did cars not only deserve to feature in photographs (back in the days of film when photos still cost something to develop) but also to feature in photos with family members?

At what point did cars essentially become family members? At what point did they become beloved – if not keepsakes, then certainly worth memorializing along with our youths and our accomplishments?

The answer, of course, differs from family to family. And thanks to our readers, we get to see when that happened for many different families. Take, for instance, uncle Alvin posing with his new 1958 Buick, above, as jhmoore1 shared over on My Hemmings.

Then there’s Karl Schultz’s little sister, Karol, along with the family’s 1948 Crosley CC station wagon in a photo that their father, Herold Schultz, took in 1952 in Milford, Ohio.

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