Beginning of the Corvette era…

December 1, 2008 by  
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A few weeks ago I did a post concerning cross-over collectibles; newspapers with significant content relating to another hobby.

Recently a terrific item came to light from our inventory which to many may seem interesting, but to the thousands of Corvette enthusiasts would be a cherished addition for their collection and a great display piece for the back seat of their 1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

The newspaper is the July 1, 1953 issue of THE DETROIT NEWS, with page 53 containing a photo captioned: “First fiber glass Corvette–Chevrolet’s first production model fiber glass Corvette sports car rolls off the company’s assembly line.” Plus there is a related article beneath the photo headed: “Production Line Starts: Plastic Corvette Begins to Roll“.

With Detroit being the automobile capital of the country–if not the world at that time–it is likely little if any coverage would have appeared in newspapers elsewhere, making this a particularly interesting issue. Imagine what a great collection of newspapers could be created by a car enthusiast: a Detroit newspaper announcing the beginning of all the classic automobiles so desirable today!

Just another great example of how old newspapers can find their way into many other hobbies.

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