It isn't the price of gasoline in the old pictures, it's more the complete lack of concern over availability, consequences, etc, that I remember (as one goes back a few more decades). America was once the land of "the new", the future be it infrastructure, options, people, what-have-you. An empire at imperial zenith we now know . . bu heady and intoxicaticating when one is young & impressionable. Cheap energy we could take for granted.
The Land of Happy Motoring as one commentator put it.
Soon enough, PAN AM would take us on a glorious cruise in orbit. And humanity would someday fill the solar system. No ends.
Old pictures make all of this more than bittersweet. Nostalgia for those flawed assumptions.
Sic transit gloria
2004.0 DODGE Ram QC/LB 2500 2WD/NV-5600 305/555 ISB. 7,940-lb. Stock. 200,000 miles/5000-hrs @ 40-mph average.
1990 35' Silver Streak
11-cpm solo & 17-cpm towing; 21-mpg average past 54k-miles
Sold: 1983 Silver Streak 3411
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