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Were there “Helicopter Moms” back in 1961?

This photo leads us to believe that “Helicoptor Moms” might not be a new phenomenon as we have observed fairly recently. The location of this photo, which is dated Feb. 24, 1961, is unknown. Information with it states that parents were clogging the streets, picking up their kids at school and it had been an ongoing problem.

Regardless of the problem shown, today some fifty plus years later, it gives us a great view  of the average American iron on the road at the time. The oldest being a pair of 1953 Chevrolets and possibly the newest, being the big Chrysler with the eye brow style bumpers creating its own lane on the right middle of the photo. What is the lone import seen in the middle? Do you see anything remarkable or rare here?  Photo courtesy of Frank Barnes.

15 responses to “Were there “Helicopter Moms” back in 1961?

  1. It seems like there’s an old Rover in the middle of the picture–that had to be uncommon. The Chrysler mentioned is a ’60 Imperial, and in the line of cars is a ’61 Chevy. Cool stuff!!!

  2. Yes, definitely a Rover. P4 series, post-1953. Known as “the poor man’s Rolls Royce”. My uncle ran one for a while – a proper “gentleman’s conveyance”. Leather upholstery, walnut trim, plush carpets – a bit like travelling in a drawing room! Unusual to see one painted in a light colour. Most seemed to be black, midnight blue or maroon as I recall.

  3. Weren’t those Rovers referred to as “Auntie”?

    Looks like a Studebaker Hawk roof line over the trunk of the Caddy in the foreground. A ’55 Ford wagon on the far right, and where the heck is they ’53 Chevy going?

  4. This looks like an affluent neighborhood school zone. Notice the, at least 3 Cadillacs, possibly 4, the Imperial and a number of T-birds as well as that Rover near the center. Yes, a “cool picture”!

  5. “Weren’t those Rovers referred to as “Auntie”?”

    Indeed, but it was actually meant as a compliment, for the reasons that I mentioned: journalists compared it to sitting in Auntie’s front room on leather seats upon Wilton carpets and surrounded by walnut furniture with the silence only broken by the ticking of the clock. This was some years before the famous Rolls Royce advert which proclaimed that “At 60 mph the loudest thing you’ll hear is the ticking of the clock” and allegedly prompted an RR exec to issue a memo ordering that from now on clocks were to be silent!

    “Auntie” is also sometimes applied to the bigger P5, a car much favoured by British government ministers in the 1960s and 1970s as they were luxurious but not ostentatious. RRs were too “posh” and Daimlers were both outmoded and – after the excesses of the “Docker Daimlers” – rather vulgar. And anyway, The Queen drove one too! The government bought the last production run of the ultimate P5, the 3.5 V8, and stockpiled them for future use. Margaret Thatcher was still using one in the mid-80s. Her Majesty’s car is displayed at the Motoring Heritage Centre in Gaydon – a museum I can thoroughly recommend.

  6. The 53 Chevrolet is a 150 series and probably has a tan lower body and brown upper, which was a common color combination in the day. The 150 was the base model.

  7. I’ll defer to the sharper-eyed among the group here but — frame right, up near the top of the hill, is that the back end of a ’60 Buick wagon?

  8. Location ID is almost certainly Denver, Colorado- I can see just enough of the license plates in the blowup to confirm Colorado 1960/61 plates and I see a couple prefixes, AA, AF, those are Denver.

    Great, entertaining shot. I pick up and drop off my kid, looks familiar!

  9. Looks like a ’56 Chevy parked in front of the ’55 Ford Wagon. All that is visible is the left tail light.

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