One Slide, So Many Goodies!

Can you spot all the goodies?

You all know how much I love a good slide photo from the past. The colors hold up and how the film is, makes it feel more timeless and if it was shot today. We all think history is Black and White sometimes, but the obvious truth is, Color and light is timeless. Its just the way its been captured that can create a look of time.

Did you see the pre war Green and White Chris Craft?

How about the color and texture of the red vinyl cushions?

The classic Woody Boater flag!

Okay this one was a late find. I know this is some sort of identification. And no its not the Trans Am of boats. THis looks like the boat was new when the photo was shot. A Tomahawk?

But this little slide has so many jewels in it.

Who ever the photo was done by, and its on ebay, was a designer or Something in the arts, cause this also has been perfectly staged. All the red and white details are PERFECT. The way the Green and White bring back a touch of white back into the photo to allow her to not blend into the background. Its not also red or varnish to compete with the Red. Note her red and white suite. Perfect. Even her lipstick is a dead match. The way her hair line flows perfectly with the tree line. Note the little Sail in the right side background. That also allows a visual reminder of the white. Not to mention, the model is very attractive and wholesome. Even has has a manicure and pedicure. I suppose you all are thinking, HEY, Matt, its just a babe shot some guy shot. Maybe? But there is an art to some things, and this is a masterpiece, even if it was by lucky chance. I wish I knew the real story. Maybe one of you knows it?



15 replies
  1. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    The model is tastefully concealing her jewels, not like the models today. Perfect description of her Matt; wholesome.

    The bird on the fore deck looks like a Phoenix to me. A quick internet search didn’t turn up any vintage boats made by Phoenix, just modern bass boats.

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Nice photo with LOTS of eye candy!

    That bird looks like the Thunderbird insignia! I have never seen a Thunderbird (later becoming Formula) of that style.
    The earliest Thunderbird’s I know of were tri-hulls.

    Very cool you may have found some very early history.

  3. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    That bow light looks like a high quality Chris Craft type Algonac Brass Works model, not the cheap pot metal types so often found on early fiberglass boats.

    The high quality colors of vintage slides amaze me. They retain their vibrant colors after so many decades. Granted that Kodak used some harsh chemicals in their film and developers, and there’s a bit of that chemical “legacy” still around today.

  4. Michael A. Hill
    Michael A. Hill says:

    Not so sure that boat in the background is a Chris-hull looks like metal to me. The sheer line is very linear; the way the toe-rail is formed and with the arrow down the side, my guess is that it’s an early Inland Seas Steel Clipper.

  5. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    But she only has 4 toes and her fingers are longer than Michael Jordan’s. And she’s forcing a smile ’cause she’s sitting on a cleat.

  6. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Love the photo! I have that flag and the red cushons. Not quite in NOS condition 70 years later…

  7. Mark in da U P
    Mark in da U P says:

    Your killing us Matt! Putting something like that on and we cannot post pics👎 Troy must have a picture book ready to post. She is cute👍 Big weekend coming. Go Boating 🚤🛶🛥⚓️🌋

  8. Lee Wangstad
    Lee Wangstad says:

    The boat is a Thunderbird, most likely their “Chief” model from around 1955 or 1956. They were built by Plastic Fabrications of Miami, Florida. It was designed by Richard Cole, who would later develop the cathedral hull, also first produced by Thunderbird. Ever watch Flipper?

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      Thanks Lee for the update.

      According to the Formula site that would have been right on target with the founding of Thunderbird by Woodie Woodson. (Interesting that his name is Woodie)

      Thunderbird went on to make the first Miami / Nassau run with a sterndrive in ’59.

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