In the 1920s and 30s California saw another 'westward movement', people who lost their jobs during the "Depression" came here for work. The water projects like Hoover Dam and the City of Los Angeles water aqueduct from the Eastern Sierra Nevada snowfields created agriculture in previous arid lands, which in turn created jobs.
Coinciding with the population boom were theaters for night and weekend entertainment, and the "Art Deco" style was heartedly embraced.
In this view is an early 1950s Chevrolet in front of the downtown Ventura Century Theater.
In my youth I enjoyed many art deco venues in So Cal and hope they will be preserved though one of my hometown favorites, the Whittier Theater was demolished to make way for a Walgreens Drug Store. It seems like a 'crime' to destroy an important part of our historical heritage and culture.
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marabu61 (9045) 2014-08-23 7:49
Now that 50ties Chevrolet and the beautiful art deco architecture behind it, form a formidable pair indeed. They go so well together and wouldn't it be for the colors or the modern looking lady in red, this picture could well have been taken in the 50ties.
Shame on me, but I only discovered lately, that Henry Chevrolet was actually a Swiss guy that has emigrated to the US to build cars. So we have our own car manufacturer after all in some way ...
have a great weekend
mayjayne (3955) 2014-08-23 8:14
Another great shot - the Chevrolet with it's matching background as an accompaniment!
tyro (21126) 2014-08-23 8:49
WOW! Now this is some set of wheels!
You have captured this immaculate specimen of a Chevvy perfectly as she poses in front of a fine example of Art Deco architecture. The light is fabulous and brings out the colours and the gleam on the coachwork of this beautiful car perfectly. Your composition is good too, those red umbrellas adding a splash of colour in just the right place, emphasising the open bonnet (? hood?) of the car and the immaculately clean engine bay on display.
dta (69442) 2014-08-23 9:02
Hello RAy ,
A good capture of this superb Chevrolet , with an interesting building in the BG . Good contrast provided by the perfect blue sky and the two red umbrellas .
eldancer1 (30040) 2014-08-23 9:17
Nostalgic image of two period pieces, I like the smooth curving lines of the art deco architectures and this classic Chevy. My first car was a l949 Chevy. The vertical format worked well with the composition. Too bad about the red umbrella and the traffic pylon but can't have everything. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
jemaflor (87347) 2014-08-23 9:32
Nice composition with this old car and theArt Deco architecture, light and colors are perfect, a view like in Miami...
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-24 16:19
Wonderful old car!
I like the composition with the brilliant architecture in the backgound.
I would like to visit the old timer festival here in September. They are so beautiful and charming.
delpeoples (54141) 2014-08-24 19:47
Awww this is a beauty. Even though I'm not an admirer of cars, I certainly can appreciate the beauty, elegance and timelessness of this shot. And being a HUGE fan of Art Deco, this is right up my alley. Beautiful perspective, wonderful vibrant colours and geometries. A change from your spectacular wild landscapes, but a good one.
PS: Sorry I had to go Walkabout, so haven't been near TE. Like Mother Earth, I was in great need of some healing. Nights sleeping out underneath the stars in my swag has helped :)
aliabazari (16050) 2014-08-24 22:11
Hi Ray dear
A very good portrait of this beautiful classic Chevrolet. This vehicle is very tempting and attractive. Text perfect. Good sharpness and exposure. Well performed. Thanks for sharing
josepmarin (57837) 2014-08-25 8:29
I love the splendid contrast between the gorgeous classical Chevy and the architectural beauty of the Art Déco theater in background, both are shining under a great sun light.
The many details to see provide a high graphical wealth on your composition.
Men really can create these beauties.
A good photo.
ktanska (25301) 2014-08-25 10:48
I like all the classic cars on your series, but this seems unbeatable. Art deco building goes perfectly with that heavily customised Chevy. Close angle and vertical framing fit well. Only the red parasols have different style.
annjackman (20371) 2014-08-28 5:07
I love Art Deco architecture. This is a great composition with the shiny car in the FG having similar colours to the façade. Although the red adds a splash of vibrant colour I think that I wish that it wasn't there, but of course there wasn't much that you could do about that! A very enjoyable picture and well taken.
Kind Regards, Ann
macjake (58890) 2014-08-28 10:31
torn down for a Walgreens? yikes!
there are thousands of Walgreens in the US, what a shame!
I'm sure they would have been fine with one LESS Walgreens store.
lets hope this one stays alive for a long long time.
love how the color of the theater seems to blend in well with the color of the car.
love the car too, who wouldn't!
a fine collection of golden oldies!
fotoguy22 (4794) 2014-08-28 13:18
Hi Ray: Like something straight out of the '50's or Miami Beach! Love the art deco look and how simple the engines were back then.
Greetings from Florida................Greg
Periko (3067) 2014-08-28 20:31
This old car looks great. Interesting combination with the building in the background.
claudeD (34406) 2014-08-29 6:36
another very fine picture showing this amazing and perfectly renewed Chevy. Excellent light managment and perfect sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
fotka (3765) 2014-09-04 6:19
You nicely combined two things from the 50's; Chevrolet car and Ventura Century Theater architecture.
Both are in excellent condition.
Good observation and great daily life shot. The quality of the picture well done.