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After School Art from the '50's

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After school in the mid-50's, I would get home from school and rummage through my stack of car brochures, grab a shirt cardboard that came home from the laundry in Dad's shirts and do some cut-and-paste art. Since each creation took at least two brochures, I had to do some fast talking to get them in multiples. 

The simple one below has the hood ornament removed, is lowered and has a continental kit made from the side trim. Note that the rear bumper extension is a piece from the second brochure pasted over the original. I still have dozens of my teen art pieces from 65 or more years ago.

Did anyone else experiment with cut-and-paste art?

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I never thought to try this but your results are excellent. Old skool Photoshop.

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Thanks, Don. The Cadillac was one of the cleanest I did, the '53 Chevy below got a later model wraparound windshield and new rear window, along with a lowering job and Olds wheel cover. You can see a hint of an exhaust pipe through the rear bumper. I am not sure what prompted the red skirts! Using the One-Fifty Business Coupe as the base got me that custom 'de-chromed' look (and a cheap-looking  rubber stone guard on the rear fender).

The lowered Pontiac got the front bumper and front parking light corner trim, along with the taillight and wheel cover from the second Caddy brochure that provided the continental kit and extended bumper in the original post. A second Pontiac brochure provided the extended skirt trim.

Although I did do some perspective customs, I did a lot more of the direct side view mods. Finding brochures with those side views and matching scales (remember, we didn't have scanning way back then) was the big trick.

 

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This is really cool. Excellent work, great idea.

I've never done anything like you have with published materials, but I have done something similar with photos I've taken of my own models and designs when I wasn't happy with the proportions, but just couldn't put my finger on what was wrong.

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These are brilliant. I love the resourcefulness. Pretty good for a youth.

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On 10/19/2020 at 3:27 PM, 7000in5th said:

Did anyone else experiment with cut-and-paste art?

If I did more, I don't remember, but here's one I saved from the mid 1980s B.C. (before computers) that was a "cut 'n cinch together & tape" which I intended as a silly form of wall art.

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Clever, Russell!

I did a horizontal section job on the vert and a section and chop on the two-door:IMG_20180518_0004fpx1024.jpg.7242821b63259cfc2ca1710e51d39849.jpg

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