Saturday, September 25, 2010

sepia Stan

My great-uncle Stan was a designer for Ford, and cars were his great loves.

Well, one of his great loves - his greatest love was my Aunty Queen, his other loves included music and tennis / table-tennis.

I was never too much interested in the cars - I'm still not too much interested in cars. But the cars I like are usually vintage - and I would love to have now one of the cars which Uncle Stan was so proud of back then.

Here is a selection of photos of Stan and family, and his racey car-rallying friends and their vehiculars. Stan is on the left in this first photo




and thats his grandmother in the car and his mother sitting on the running board.










And finally, a photo of Stan driving the first Fordson motorised tractor in the UK.





This is a Sepia Saturday post - you can enjoy more over here and there are some earlier posts about Stan and his family here and here.

18 comments:

Alan Burnett said...

A great collection of photographs. And why is it that the shape, size, look and expression of the people always seem to match the cars? Perhaps, in the same way that we grow to look like our dogs, we also grow to look like our cars.

Roy said...

Wow! That's a great collection!

Jinksy said...

Love those car photos, even though I've never learned to drive. LOL :)

Christine H. said...

Amazing photos. it must have been especially thrilling, when cars were a recent invention, to be able to drive out to the countryside for a picnic.

Nancy said...

You have a lot of photos of Stan and his cars. They are great photos. Stan looks thoroughly pleased in the first photo. I love the second photo, though, because of the fashions.

Joan said...

There was a Fordson Major tractor in our lives as kids. It seemed part of the family. What a wonderful post. Love the old cars. Just been on Ticklebear's Sepia Sat. There's an old car thing going on.

Meri said...

An old car theme for certain! When I was little, my maternal grandfather had a rickety old Model T (I think that's what it was) that he'd nursed through several decades. He almost got me and my cousins killed one night at a train crossing. I don't remember that car after that point. Though we managed to make it across the tracks with seconds to spare, I think the car was put to pasture after that close call.

Barbara said...

I love the photo of Stan and friend driving the tractor while dressed so formally.

Gledwood said...

Was your great Uncle Stan American? Or did they design Ford cars over here, too?
Those cars look really funky. Way more fun than the Mini Metros - or whatever people drive nowadays.
Actually, I'd quite like a Smart Car. Or one of those electric ones that sound like a commuter train and made me think I was near some mysterious railway I hadn't known was there before.

PS sorry I've not been by in a while. A goblin got in my broadband

TICKLEBEAR said...

loving this!!
especially the 4th and 6th, for subject and composition.
thanx 4 sharing!!
:)~
HUGZ

Marilyn said...

Loved all these photos, I am not a car person at all and don't even drive but if I did and if I had a car I would like to think it would like one of the ones in your photos here. Loved seeing your family in the photos too.

Marilyn said...

Loved all these photos, I am not a car person at all and don't even drive but if I did and if I had a car I would like to think it would like one of the ones in your photos here. Loved seeing your family in the photos too.

L. D. Burgus said...

Can you imagine how excited everyone was to be able to ride in an automobile. The fordson was exciting to see as here in Iowa that is what a lot of farmers could afford back when I was a kid. Great photographs, all of them.

e said...

I love looking at cars but cannot stand to drive...

These are fab; I hope all is well with you and you're enjoying work now its been sorted.

Megan said...

Great! I like the look of Stan. And his cars!

lettuce said...

he was English, gledwood - yes, they must have done designing for Ford over here too.

thanks for all your comments - hope to return your visits soon!

GreenWhisper said...

Wow! these are fantastic.

sEAN bENTLEY said...

Wow, I want one of those three-wheelers!