That Old-Timey Look

Collector’s Weekly has a well-thought-out article about a ‘revival’ that defies modern explanation, and tries to identify why Grandma’s House, for those of us in our thirties and forties, is such a specific set of style choices.

At it’s most basic, the 1960s to 1970s experienced a reaction to the clean-cut Modern look by casting an eye back to the 1800s (via cowboy movies and TV) and colonial times (via Bicentennial nostalgia), resulting in some of the most god-awful furniture seen at rummage sales today.

The AMF Probe Jr, 1970s

There’s few things that make me go, “What’s that – I need one!” than when I saw this guy:

Three wheels, a space-age half-steering wheel, and a grill off a muscle car?

This is the Probe Jr., a pedal car made from the late 1960s to early 1970s.  I can’t imagine it’d be very stable, being so narrow and on three wheels, but crashing is just the fun of it, right?  That pressed-steel body will absorb most of the impact.

Overall, they seem pretty rare — most discussion on the internet starts with, “I found this, what the heck is it?” and there’s a few restored that show up on eBay and Etsy from time to time.