Photographer's Note

The 'Woody' evolved from the first generation of automobiles which were 'open air'. In 1922 Essex introduced the first affordable enclosed sedan. Other manufacturers followed, framing their vehicles with wood panels. By 1929, Ford Motors was the biggest producer of wood panel station wagons, even owning its own forest and lumber mills. A decade a later, Chrysler would be building the most prestigious wood bodied station wagon, the Chrysler Town and Country.
After WWII, manufacturing switched to peace time pursuits and started building all steel station wagon bodies.
In the 1950s and 60s the surfing culture discovered the used woody wagons to carry their surfing equipment, being used and more affordable than the new steel autos.
Today, Woodies are very sought after as icons from the heyday of surfing in California.

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