The year 1954 saw Pontiac with two new “Dream Cars” on the show circuit– at least the major circuit–as the 1954 Motorama introduced the public to the Strato Streak . Most striking of all, were the pillar less doors with the rear ones opening in “suicide” fashion. This was a throwback to at least 1940 with sedan rear opening doors, but updated with the now popular hardtop style. The structural support required by the elimination of the center pillar was made up by frame reinforcement. Weight was reduced by using fiberglass for the body, something still pretty new at this time, only recently gaining fame with the Corvette. This new medium sure sped up the body creation process for the design studios who used to have to hammer metal for entire new concept bodies.
This new body stood only 54.5-inches tall and was slightly longer than the new ‘54 Star Chief at 214.3-inches. The outside treatments were rather stark with limited use of chrome and ornamentation, although what there was reflected the ‘50s “rocket ship” era of design with louvers on the side and jet exhaust looking taillight housings. All considered, it was a clean design though that still looks modern today.
Harry Winston Diamond Ad
Beauty Of The Pin Up
The most well known use of pin ups were in the Second World War as they were sent to soldiers to boost morale. The images were placed in magazines, newspapers, calendars and post cards but as they became more famous the images were mass produced and sold as posters and such. Photos of Movie actress Betty Grable were taken in 1943 by Frank Powolny, 5 million copies of this print were distributed to GI’s during WWII.
The pin up girls gave the GI’s of WW2 something to dream about and a reason to come home. The images and movies were well supplied to the GI’s to give them a brief distraction from the war and keep their spirits high.
Before the pin up girl there was the Gibson girls, which was art work made famous by artist Charles Dana Gibson. These images depicted the ideal woman of the time. They were shown to have hourglass figures and were tall with long thin necks accentuated by a bouffant hairdo. The first model for the drawings is thought to be Gibson’s wife. And so the pin up artists of the 40’s and 50 are carried on the tradition with their own brand of Pin up girls.
Many pin-ups were photographs of celebrities who were considered sex symbols. One of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable. Her poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of G.I.‘s during World War II”