The Enthusiast Network Collection

 

PETERSON PHOTO COLLECTION ONLINE

 

A small portion of the huge Petersen photo collection has been added to the Getty Stock Photo Archives part of The Enthusiast Network Collection.

 
Some time ago we already reported that the Petersen Collection, then part of the Source Interlink media, now part of The Enthusiast Network (TEN). Since then some more photos have been shared on the online archives of the Getty Stock Photos. Photos (digital files) that can be purchased for any publications, or personal use. There are a number of really interesting Custom Car related photos in the archives now, and if you are into Hot Rods, then there is an even larger number of photos that will appeal to you. At the end of the article there is a link to the complete TEN/Peterson collection on the Getty Images site…. enjoy.
 
Photo captions below are from the Getty Website
 
 

Getty-images-enthusiast-network-01Jim Garrett’s Custom 1952 Oldsmobile Holiday. While the grille is stock, debadging and adding 1955 Olds tilted headlight rims changes the look dramatically. The addition of ’55 Lincoln taillights, installed upside-down, and the body trim from a ’53 Olds make the profile and rear view unique. The car is lowered 3 inches overall. Low front 3/4 view of passenger side. (Photo by Joe Moore/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-02Earl Bruce’s Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing appearing with trophies garnered. Flamed paint job by Von Dutch. (Photo by Fred Beindorff/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-03Harry Hoskings Custom 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. A Barris Kustoms restyle using Dodge Lancer trim pieces, shaved door handles, 1955 Lincoln taillights, 1956 Corvette grille. In 1957 it appeared as pictured in Trend Book’s Restyle Your Car publication number 143, written by George Barris and Jim Potter. (Photo by Bob D’Olivo/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)

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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-041957 Sacramento Auto Show. Kustomizer George Barris speaks about his latest project, the Kopper Kart pickup, to a correspondent from KCRA TV in Sacramento as the camera rolls. (Photo by Dick Day/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images) George Barris kneels next to his latest automotive custom creation, the Copper Kart pickup truck. (Photo by Al Paloczy/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-05Painter and customizer Dean Jeffries pinstriping Rod & Custom magazine’s custom project pickup truck. Dream Truck. (Photo by Fred Beindorff/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-061951 Ford Custom (Photo by Bob D’Olivo/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-071957 Autorama Car Show with classics, customs, and new cars. (Photo by Spence Murray/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-09Dean Jeffries Demostrates Pickup Truck Pinstriping on the Rod & Custom magazine Dream Truck project vehicle. (Photo by Spence Murray/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-101957 Renegades Auto Show – Long Beach. Tail fins were the order of the day with customizers utilizing this styling exercise to great extent on a variety of makes and models. (Photo by Dick Day/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-11Custom 1957 Plymouth. An example of how the removal of chrome and metal finishes can radically change a car’s appearance. This Plymouth has been lowered, dechromed, and painted in a monochromatic color. Along side a stock model the changes are dramatic. (Photo by Lynn Wineland/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images) Lowering Your Car – Hot Rod Magazine. 1956 Chevrolet and 1956 Mercury are used to illustrate the sleek and sophisticated look that lowering can achieve. (Photo by Ray Brock/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)

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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-12Custom 1954 Plymouth (Photo by Joe Moore/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images) 1951 Chevrolet Custom Car With Tail Fins parked in front of a spanish mission-style building in Southern California. (Photo by Spence Murray/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-13Customs Corvette (Photo by Pat Brollier/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images) Custom 1954 Ford. Two-tone paint scheme. 1953 Chevrolet grille. (Photo by Lynn Wineland/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Getty-images-enthusiast-network-14Rod and Custom Dream Truck. After extensive modification that took about 5 years, suggested by staffers and readers, a 1950 Chevrolet pickup, owned by the photographer, Spencer Murray, was nominated to the Motor Life magazine ‘Top Customs of the Year’. It has been worked on by som of the legends of customizing, like Valley Custom, Gates Auto Body, Gene Winfield, Barris Kustoms, Dean Jeffries, and Larry Watson. (Photo by Spence Murray/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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1501925291956 Custom Car Show South Bay. Rear portions of Sal Mammona’s Buick with Cadillac rear fenders and Junior Conway’s Ford, customs displayed in a large parking lot near San Pedro. (Photo by Bob D’Olivo/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
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Motorama Vérité

 

MOTORAMA VÉRITÉ

 

Jim Skonzakes (aka Jim Street) displayed his award winning 1949 Buick at the 1950 Petersen Motorama show, and was captured in a great photo by the crew from Hot Rod magazine. David E. Zivot takes us by the hand to explore this unique moment in time.

By David E. Zivot


This image, more so perhaps than any other, succinctly and pointedly portrays the mind, the mood, the time and place, the very ethos of a now long past and certainly more pure and unattenuated period. Not posed or set up, it has no special lighting, art school angles, or affectations, not a cliché in sight. It is simply an example of an early expression of the Barris mystique captured during a fleeting moment in time. Brother Sam, largely responsible for the materially tangible product, which in this case is the ’49 Buick Roadmaster they built for James Skonzakes, and the not so material but equally tangible style and flair naturally emanating from brother George. Some call it élan, others showmanship, or perhaps less politely, promoter.


CCC-barris-motorama-skonzakes-01The photo taken by the Hot Rod Magazine photographer captures the moment perfect. George attention goes to the “new media” TV-camera just outside of this photo. The others concentrate on the magazine photographer. The KTLA lighting guy on the right of the photo makes sure the camera will be able to capture it all.
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This wonderful photograph requires some context.
The setting: Shrine Auditorium Convention Hall, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 18, 1950. The third day of the Petersen sponsored “Motorama”. The press, and more impressively, the local Channel 5 television station KTLA, is covering the event live for the “City at Night” program. George is well aware of the opportunity. He gathers a couple of his pals who happen to be in close proximity, walks over to the guy with the microphone, and informs him that he and his television viewers would be well advised to cover the top trophy winning and latest advanced restyling by Barris Kustom Automobiles.

The cameras will be there momentarily. The crew is initially lighting the scene. The spectators’ attention is on George, Jack Stewart with his doll, and an unidentified with his doll. George, ignoring the press photographer from Hot Rod Magazine, is clearly focused on the TV cameras hurriedly being readied. At that very moment this photo was snapped.


CCC-barris-motorama-skonzakes-02From left to right; George Barris, unidentified girl, Jack Stewart, unidentified guy and another unidentified girl. All have the Motorama participant ribbon on their jackets, George is holding a stack of Barris Business cards, and one secured just above the ribbon to make sure the Barris name gets the best possible exposure.
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The detail and elements are classic. George casually basks in the spotlight, casting a self-assurance and confidence born of an inherent sense of esthetics and presentation that with few exceptions would rarely fail him, especially in the early years. Well turned out, as it was common then, in light grey flannel with matching grey suede bucks, “Motorama” participant/exhibitor ribbon, and of course a hand full of business cards to be shuffled and dealt. The others hardly showing signs of diffidence, appear to have indulged in a few Miller High Life as evidenced by the bottles at George’s feet. Most of the guys including, George, Jesse Lopez, and Nick Matranga didn’t imbibe in the brew or the smoke.


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The ubiquitous gathering of trophies with no apparent concern for scratched lacquer finish are present. The majority of these are earlier awards from the preceding five years, there will be more. The more publicly acceptable magazine, Motor Trend, is present, which had featured Barris previously. More Barris business cards are arrayed on the hood. The Kustoms Los Angeles plaque is hastily affixed with twine to the front bumper. Velvet curtains frame the curled Barris Kustoms sign pointing out the features of the Buick. Cigarette butts and refuse are strewn about by the young crowd, indicating that some things haven’t changed.


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Those times, like all others, are ephemeral. It is useful to reexamine them when they present themselves like this. Authentic and unpretentious, it tends toward a deeper appreciation of the history and what we endeavor in preserving and building customs in the traditional way in our own era. We have only our own time. The terms original and genuine apply to the kids as well as the cars of the past.

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Petersen Photo Archive

PETERSEN PHOTO ARCHIVE

Part of the immense Petersen Photo Archive of old Hot Rod, Custom Car and Drag Race photos is online to be explored.



[dropcap]P[/dropcap]etersen Publishing has been around documenting the Hot Rod, Custom Car and Drag  Race scene from the early days. Publishing many magazine titles over the years. Some that are still around today, others that have not made it and are only available as older samples at swap-meets. The company has been taken over by Source Link Media (enthusiastnetwork) but fortunately the archives have been mostly survived all these years. For some time now some of this amazing archive is digitalized and available for viewing (small watermarket images) and for purchase at the Getty Images website.


I had seen some of these photo’s but most of them were Drag Race or Stock Car related and not much of my interest. However today Rob Radcliffe of King Kustoms showed me some photos that he had used as inspiration for the Period Perfect Shoebox Custom he is building. And one of those photos showed a front photo of Don Robert’s Shoebox Coupe I had not seen before. Rob told me where he found it and before I knew it I was looking at the huge Petersens Archives. Most of the material I have seen so far is from the mid 1950’s and newer, but there are a few from the early 1950’s as well. Hopefully the archive will also include more material from the early years in the near future. Only a small amount of them are Custom Car or early Hot Rod related, but it is still an amazing collection with a lot of very interesting material, that will keep you busy for a while.


The images on the Getty Images website are shown with watermark as you can see below, but could be bought as digital file. (Not cheap though)
From what I have seen so far everything is very well archived with proper names and dates. At the end of this article is a link that will bring you to one of the images, from there you can start searching and exploring the huge amount of photos from this Petersen Archive shared by Source Link media.

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If you want to see more photos from the Peterson Photo Archive, check out the Getty Images Website


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