Old Design Technologies (VW Van) (Diminutive)

I like old cars and vans, the simple chasis and dashboard. I like their diminutive object character. I think they look “groovy.” They don’t have that oversized, aggressive, pumped up and buff Terminator look that you see on on the streets today. I ran across this old VW van in the low 100s between Columbus and Manhattan Avenues on a walk home from somewhere. It’s aged very nicely. The rust is charming, no?

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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3 Responses to Old Design Technologies (VW Van) (Diminutive)

  1. i love the VW joke in Woody Allen’s The Sleeper, they find an ancient VW Beetle in a cave all covered in cobwebs, it’s been abandoned there for years…and it starts first time.

  2. I also like seeing old cars, but certainly not driving them! I’ll try to find a scan for you (will post on my blog) – of an old Russian Chayka car, parked near to Patriarshskie prudi – where Bulgakov placed the opening scene of ‘Master and Margarita’ 😉

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