Friday, 28 May 2004
Pix Of The Day: Dodge Brothers Anniversary Auto
CREDIT: © Stephen C. Bern/GiffordPark.com; © Ian Scott-Parker/PishTush.com
WHERE: Springdale, Utah, USA. WHAT: 1928 Dodge Chrysler anniversary vehicle.
MAP: Springdale. Thumbnail clicks pop-up source  page/larger  images.
In a previous existence we built web sites for construction developers and estate agents [realtors] in the UK, so we know how difficult it is to persuade them to illustrate their offerings with plenty of detailed pictures. After all, why would anyone be interested in seeing a picture of where they are going to blow their savings, then live for the remainder of their lives? Web designer Stephen C. Bern has evidently been very persuasive with developer Alan Staker of Gifford Park, Springdale, Utah: even if you are not in the market for a $400K-$1M luxury home on the doorstep of Zion National Park, the site is worth a visit just for the pictures.
The shots on the general introduction page, especially the last one of the western Zion cliffs wreathed in cloud and snow with blue sky above, make a visit worthwhile all by themselves. If you are in the market for such a home, then cut along there soon, because when we checked there were only two units remaining available.
The web site has details of Gifford Park selling points such as 'parkitecture' (featured on the HGTV program 'Dream Builders'), salvaged trestle timbers from the railroad that crossed the Great Salt Lake, traditionally cut masonry from local stone used as cladding on form poured insulated concrete, and an energy saving Ground Source Heat Pump heating/cooling system similar to the one used by Albert Einstein.
To advertise the Gifford Park location, otherwise concealed and lacking those hideous billboards favored elsewhere, the developer has parked what we think is a vintage 1928 Dodge motor car at the entrance to the site off state route SR-9.
In 1921 (1923 according to some sources) the widows of brothers [PDF format file] John Francis Dodge and Horace Elgin Dodge, who both died in 1920, sold the company to bankers Dillon, Read & Co. for $146M ($147M according to some sources), said at the time to be the largest cash transaction in history. In 1928, the year the car in our featured picture was built, and by an amazing coincidence on this very day 28th May (30th or 31st July according to other sources), the company was resold for $170M to become part of the Chrysler Corporation. The last link was the only place we were able to find another picture of a similar car. Who does one believe on the Internet, especially when contradictory information appears on the same web site?
Visitors with an interest in automobiles may enjoy a visit to our extensive photo galleries on the HurricaneCarShow.com web site, which includes pictures taken at the 2002, 2003, and 2004 editions of the event.
Stephen C. Bern is a well known photographer whose XtremeFormat.com web site offers very reasonably priced high quality panorama prints of famous Zion Canyon scenery. His spectacular picture of 'Angels Landing and Walter's Wiggles', not for those without a good head for heights, is one of our favorites images.
POSTSCRIPT: While researching this article we came upon the mystery of Mrs. Ethel L. Miller (1884-1967) last known as Winzler, owner of the first, millionth and two millionth Plymouth cars. There is a recently discovered wry twist to her story.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)