Family Photos - Where'd The Cars Go?

Even More Puzzling - Why?

After reading a somewhat related article focused on photographs from the 1950's, we suddenly remembered all of those family photos which included cars as a component or backdrop. We recalled being hounded to gather in front of the car for the photo-op of the moment, other times being staged inside the car (convertibles, the car of choice) for a "studio-like" photo.
But these traditions never faded away, they literally disappeared overnight. After doing some research with the intent to establish the timing of this transition, we found a significant amount of evidence. 
The collapse began to show up in the seventies and through the eighties, almost every photo depicted the first arrival of a car belonging to a newly licensed driver or the first new car they purchased. This is still somewhat true, but our search results ended with very few similar photos. Ironically, when we looked for contemporary photos of people and Classic cars, an incredibly basic search yielded thousands of them.

In the late fifties, a fairly common camera cost $25 ($266 in today's money) or more. A roll of Kodachrome color film cost about $3.50 ($54.00 today). You had 24 exposures on each roll and after all of the photos were taken, the film had to be processed to "print" the actual photos. 

Processing was included, but after the Kodachrome monopoly (processing required by Kodak) was dethroned, others were allowed to process the film and the price dropped by almost 50% (still $27 in today's money). An hour's search left us without any accurate photo processing prices, so we are guessing if the cost of film dropped by half without included processing, the cost to develop and print was about the same. Unfortunately the rise of the digital camera has nearly erased the photo film industry. The last roll of Kodachrome was produced in 2002. More irony, Kodak invented the digital camera.
But none of this can explain why there are so many photos of people with their cars from the fifties and sixties and so few examples of photos with contemporary cars and family. Even the transition to a digital world doesn't explain it.  

We're not sure this article will start some landslide level of the resurgence of combining cars and people, but we sure hope it does. Now if you have a "car& family" photo you'd like us to feature, please send it via email along with a note of permission to use on the Garagistry blog.

You Thought The Cassette Tape Was Dead - Well, It's NOT

We've been following what has been coined as "The Analog Revolution", the resurgence of interest in all types of analog devices digital technology has been replacing "en masse". Yes, all of that stereo equipment, the CD player, vinyl records, turntables, pre-1990 audio equipment, typewriters, cameras, etc. we were told were obsolete are enjoying a major comeback driven by younger generations.

We wrote about this phenomena a while back, noting Classic cars were at the top of the food chain and why. You can read more about the revolution it here.

Here are three videos we think you'll enjoy while learning more about the world of cassette tapes.

Retro-Tech: The 1972 Desktop 'iPod'

Cassettes: EVERYTHING You Know is a LIE!

The Last Audio Cassette Factory

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Which Classics Had The Greatest DECREASE in Value This Year?

We're sure you recall that old saying..."Whatever Goes Up Must Come Down"?

As a follow up to our article regarding Hagerty's Top 25 of Classics that had increased vales in 2017, this is about the Bottom 25, Classics whose value fell the most. We were not measurably surprised after viewing the list, as most of the Classics noted had recently shot up in value at speeds resembling a rocket launch.

If one of these Classics has been on your "wish list" it might just be a great opportunity to do some bargain hunting. It could be your chance to own one "on the cheap".

As a reminder, Hagerty's measurement system is based on a scale of 0-100, a car with a 50-point rating is appreciating at the same rate as the overall market. Those above 50 are appreciating more quickly, while those below 50 are lagging. And boy were these lagging.

And We Have A Winner
According to Hagerty, this is the first time the Mercedes 1968–71 280SL and 1986–89 560SL fell into the bottom 25. The consensus remains all SL Mercedes values are tied together because they’re the go-to substitute when you’re priced out of a different generation of vehicles (AKA-Gullwing), though theses two fell the most. Further these reduced values are expected to stay where they are for a while.
While on the subject of luxury European cars, 1980–98 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Silver Spur values have fallen by 30 percent in the last five years. You might want to avoid the temptation to grab one of theses Classics because the cost of any major repair would exceed the salvage value. Let that sink in for a while.

Back In The USA
The 1958–60 Ford Thunderbird (AKA-“Square Bird,”) dropped to a four-year low. They are also suffering from an overall decline since last year with expectations both of these figures will continue to drop in the near future.
Finally, the 1964–67 Pontiac GTO debuts in the bottom 25. While the GTO hasn’t seen any big declines in any of the metrics used to calculate HVR, it has suffered. The number of insurance quotes and the number of GTOs offered at auction are both down 7 percent. The number offered for sale privately are also down, as are their average sale prices. These numerous small declines have now started to add up, and the GTO is the latest iconic machine to suffer this fate.

The Full List of The Bottom 25 (from greatest decline to smallest)

1955-1963 Mercedes-Benz 190SL 6
1975-1985 Ferrari 308 10
1964-1968 Porsche 911 11
1970-1974 Plymouth Barracuda 13
1952-1954 Ford Crestline 13
1967-1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 14
1985-1989 Ferrari 328 GTB / GTS 15
1948-1965 Porsche 356 15
1971-1993 Rolls-Royce Corniche 16
1964-1967 Pontiac GTO 16
1948-1954 Jaguar XK120 17
1958-1960 Ford Thunderbird 17
1960-1964 Chevrolet Corvair 18
1971-1974 Plymouth Road Runner 19
1965-1968 Plymouth Fury lll 19
1968-1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 19
1986-1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 19
1987-1993 Cadillac Allante 20
1946-1948 Lincoln Continental 20
1984-1996 Chevrolet Corvette 21
1972-1976 Ford Thunderbird 21
1961-1964 Oldsmobile 88 21
1956-1961 Studebaker Hawk 21
1965-1970 Chevrolet Bel Air 22
1980-1998 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit / Silver Spur 22