Making a Statement in a Little Pink Volkswagon

pic courtesy of Pixabay
By Val
@valmnz (13157)
New Zealand
April 24, 2017 6:15pm CST
I came across this photo on Pixabay this morning and it reminded me of the only pink volkswagon I've ever seen. It was back in the 1950s and my parents had a rather flamboyant lady friend who used colour in such a way it slashed through the drabness of our own everyday life. One way she made her colour statement in the world was by driving around in her little pink car, turning all eyes as she drove by. Whenever I think of that woman now, I remember her car more clearly than the woman herself. Well, the car and her permed blue rinse hair and the glistening pearls she wore in the day-time.
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@Plethos (5480)
• United States
25 Apr
you dont see permed blue rinsed hair and pearls combo anymore. thats an extincted generation nowadays.
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
25 Apr
Sure is!
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@hereandthere (25135)
• Philippines
25 Apr
what a coincidence. i just saw a yellow beetle this morning and it made me smile. they always do. both the old original shape and the new one. way back in high we had a female teacher who drove what we call the batman car. we also had a teacher who would wear one color all over, for example, red blouse, skirt, shoes, bag, hair accessory and earrings.
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
25 Apr
Some people are more colourful than others - and some cars too
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@Morleyhunt (17487)
• Canada
25 Apr
When I was about seven we had a teacher at school who drove a lilac coloured car. We all (the students) called it Mr DenDekker's Easter egg. The car was shaped similar to the Fiats I see now. Every time I see a pastel coloured car I think of that Easter egg.
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
25 Apr
Isn't it funny how cars weren't expected to be bright and colourful back in our childhood.
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@xFiacre (6771)
• Ireland
24 Apr
@valmnz It takes a certain kind of person to pull off being colourful - I'm not one of them!
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
25 Apr
I don't think I am either
@zebra2222 (4889)
• United States
24 Apr
Can't miss a car like this.
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
25 Apr
Certainly can't and neither could the rest of my 1950s world.
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@JudyEv (103847)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Apr
I quite like eccentric people. If I keep making stupid mistakes (I thought I had the wrong date for a workshop today but I only had the wrong venue) I'll need to start promoting myself as eccentric.
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
28 Apr
Aren't all writers and musicians eccentric?
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@JudyEv (103847)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Apr
@valmnz Quite possibly. Maybe eccentricity goes with the territory. Does eccentricity automatically make me a writer perhaps? That would be good.
@JudyEv (103847)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Apr
@JudyEv I forgot to say Vin and I say that most musicians are temperamental - half temper and half mental.
@garymarsh6 (12353)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr
Pink is a bit of a jaw dropping colour even today!
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
28 Apr
But don't we all turn our eyes when we see one!
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@garymarsh6 (12353)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr
@valmnz Yes sometimes the jaw hits the floor too!
@DianneN (63052)
• United States
25 Apr
Lol! She would had left an impression on me, too!
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
28 Apr
Talking with my older brother he had quite a different impression of her.
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@DianneN (63052)
• United States
28 Apr
@LadyDuck (126770)
• Switzerland
25 Apr
I remember some pink Volkswagen "bugs" back in the late sixties. The Americans loved pink Cadillac cars, a lot more visible than a Volkswagen.
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
28 Apr
In our neighbourhood any new car was highly visible!
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@LadyDuck (126770)
• Switzerland
29 Apr
@valmnz The cars had more "personality" in the past, they look all identical to me in our days.
@responsiveme (14249)
• India
13 May
She sure added colour to the surroundings.was she always turned out like that?
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
14 May
From my childhood perspective she was always a dash of colour in a drab working class street!
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@PainsOnSlate (19681)
• Canada
28 Apr
I love color and imagine someone like her who loves color is hard to forget. My best friend had a VW - red and she painted black spots on it. I have a photo somewhere from my wedding with her car in my driveway. I might have to find that photo...
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
28 Apr
That would be an amazing sight. I grew up in a very earthy coloured family but learned to enjoy colour later in life.
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@just4him (96181)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
There are some things you never forget. A pink car would be one of them.
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
26 Apr
Especially in the 1960s
@BellaDoc (771)
• San Diego, California
25 Apr
She sounds like a fun person. My parentd had a white VW for a while...I'd have loved to have painted it pink :)
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
28 Apr
I don't remember much fun about her at all!
@nitsbubb (271)
• New Delhi, India
25 Apr
The color in the picture is really very good and very attractive. No doubt it will be remembered forever. BTW this model is considered to be an antique piece and is very costly.
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@valmnz (13157)
• New Zealand
25 Apr
I imagine it wasn't cheap to buy back in the 1950s either.
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