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Driving Time - Cars Frozen in New York

[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 10/1/2002 - www.Littleviews.com ]

Start Here! >>  Welcome to DRIVING TIME, where you'll see 10 selected photographs from the stunning, block-long frieze above the Manhattan Motorcar Service facility.

A "frieze" is another word for "panel." It is a long panel, carved in stone or molded in concrete, that has figures protruding from it in 3D fashion.

In Manhattan, you can see traditional friezes on Cathedrals, churches and stately buildings. The most recent ones appear on shops, depicting athletes or cartoon figures molded in concrete.

The photo above shows a side view of the featured frieze. It holds full-sized images of cars and auto memorabilia from the 1930s to the early 1960s. Don't believe me? Compare the size of the car in the street to the ones embedded in the frieze. More amazingly, there are numerous cars embedded, not just a couple!

Bring binoculars when you visit this building - Manhattan Motorcar Service, just north of W 27th Street and 11th Avenue - to better view the details. When was the last time you were around so many tailfins? Never? Well, here's your chance to see what they were like.

You'll also see symbols of the auto industry, such as old logos, hood ornaments, and Mobile Oil's Flying Red Horse. Try to spot little things in the frieze that the original craftsmen added. When "developing" my digital images of this site, I discovered female names that scratched in several license plates. As you go through this show, note that image 9 is "Karen".

OK, enough background! The show starts here, with comments by car buff and former hot rodder, Phil Little of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Questions? Comments?
Karen Little

Photos by Karen Little. Commentary by Philip Little. First published on 10/1/2000. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.

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