“Mesmerizing Alternating Diagonal Parking” is certainly a mixed metaphor, but it undeniably describes today’s image of a modern space-saving parking facility. Where it was shot is not known, but it was taken by professional photographer Joe Clark HBSS (Hill Billy Snap Shooter) of Detroit, Michigan, whose specialty, as his slogan spells it out was, “Pictures that tell a story.”
So, if we let Joe Clark’s photo tell us the story, it appears that at least ninety-percent or more of the automobiles in the image were produced by the Ford Motor Company. In a quick perusal of the snapshot below, split into two and enlargeable, only one imported car is visible. And, the “alternating diagonal” layout of the parking lot was set up to save space as apparently the lanes in the facility are one way to leave more room for cars to park and do it in less time.
Based on the story told in this late-1950s image it appears to be a Ford Motor Company facility parking lot, possibly at an assembly plant owned by the automaker.
Tell us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of the Clark family and hosted at University of North Texas Libraries Archives.