1937.……Visiting Grandpa & Grandma and his new CAR
That’s me on the far right...the youngest of 5 girls sitting on Grandpa‘s running board. We had come from Plainfield, New Jersey, to visit my Mother’s parents in West Brattleboro, Vermont.
My Grandpa was one of the first car owners in that small town and he was proud as a peacock to be so. I’ve seen many photographs of him and he always displays a big grin when he is near or in his car. In most other pictures he is dapper and pleasant, but very reserved.
He worked for the Estey Organ Company and would travel all over New England for them. I believe he sold the organs as well as doing repair work on them. I can just imagine him on the open road. He’d be wearing his roadster cap at a jaunty angle and I’ll bet he’d have the windows open wide. At 40 miles per hour you didn’t have to worry too much about the breeze!
My Grandma loved to ride in the car too. She would dress in her Sunday best (complete with hat and gloves) and would always sit in the back seat...even when it was just the two of them! I imagine it would make her feel like she was being squired around town.
I was barely four years old then so I don’t remember being there...but we have many pictures to prove that we were. I wonder if it was all for show...or if we actually got to RIDE in Grandpa’s prized possession? Somehow I doubt it…