It also made parking the car a snap, because the steering rack had differential gearing or something, so the steering wheel was easy to turn. Nothing is mentioned of the sheer length of the car, probably because that was a definite selling point, not a drawback. My garage was built in 1954, and with my car in it, I still have room between my bumper and the back wall for my lawnmower and a decent-sized grill, with enough room left over to riverdance with my a-frame ladder. Cars were longer in the past.
The real eye-opener is when the ad mentions how easy it is to open and shut the doors, requiring only a "gentle push or pull". Fair enough, but the last line of that paragraph shows how good we have it here in The Future:
Say what? Ladies and gentlemen, we are truly spoilt. I get annoyed when my car momentarily loses bluetooth connectivity with my library-of-congress-storing pocket supercomputer slash communications miracle, but in 1937, it was something to brag about if your car's doors didn't jiggle open when you drive over some broken tarmac. Also remember that this was before the time of seatbelts, so if your car couldn't keep it's doors shut, there wasn't much between you and an eleven-foot drop to the pavement from the seat in your giant American luxo-barge. Maybe you could grab ahold of the running board as you fell past it, but that would only dislocate your shoulder because you had, by then, achieved terminal velocity.
jodhpurs", (pronounced "jahd-pers" with the accent on the first syllable). So what's up with those goofy pants? Well, they get their name from a city in India where they were invented. Long story short, in the 1800s, they didn't have stretchy fabrics yet, and the giant balloon butt on these pants allowed for better maneuvering in the saddle when playing polo.
Since horses were - and are - a bit of a luxury item, any pants associated with The Horsey Set became a status symbol, regardless of how stupid they look when you're not on a horsey. So, the fashion world being an arbitrary and frivolous idiot, jodhpurs found a place in the wardrobes of any poser who wanted to look like a rich person who owns horses, but not the kind of rich person who'd own two pair of pants. You've GOT to wear your jodhpurs aorund town. Otherwise, how would everyone know you're rich enuogh to have horses? Guh!
They can still be found today, unfortunately, see?My ex girlfriend had a pair of these. Why would a woman worry constantly about the size of her butt and then wear pants that make her look like a deflated Nell Carter? The first time I saw her in them, I wanted to invite her to change her diaper before we went to dinner. But we all know that only women can play that role... the role of "You're not leaving the house like that." because guys are always wrong about everything. So instead, I said something like "Hi! Ready to go? I like your earrings." I am a hero.
Now that we do have stretchy fabrics, riding pants don't have to look like that. Modern riding pants have completely reversed the trend of "least flattering thing in the world" and are now pretty much the greatest thing ever. A way long time ago, I knew a totally different girl who lived in the country and had horses, and she wore these. Hel-looooooo nurse! I have no idea where she is now. Probably something horsey. Horses get all the breaks.
So, thank you, stretchy fabric, and thank you stay-shut doors. But really, thank you stretchy fabric. We live in an age of wonders.
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