Originally published in August 2013

Cowabunga - Surf's Up!

 

Saying farewell to summer we pay tribute to "Woodies", the quintessential wave wagons. How did Woodies come about and where are they now? Read a brief history below, and view our charming Woody Surfer windows.

Woody Surfer Wagon Window

"Surfer Highway"

12"W x 24" H 

Hurrying down the road for a fun day of surfing!   Expressive glass chosen beautifully describes this scene.

Originally published in August 2013

HISTORY

WOODY SURFER WAGONS

With the advent of the horseless carriage, long, ornate cars were being crafted of shiny wood used by resorts to transport guests to and from railroad depots.  They were known as station wagons.

In the 1920's, and 30's these station wagons were considered strictly utilitarian, used for commercial pick ups and delivering.  In the 1940's, WW11 brought an end to all civilian automobile production.  Post war 1950's and 60's, the wooden passenger portion was replaced with cheaper materials - steel, fiber glass. Some station wagons went fashionably upscale with simulated wood-look material.

At the same time the original old wagons were fast disappearing; rotting, forgotten relics of a bygone era; but another chapter for these wonderful vehicles was about to unfold. 

In the early 60's the surfing craze began.  Surfers, who always seemed to be strapped for cash, found they could buy old station wagons cheap, and that they were perfect for lugging around the long surfboards of the day.

Upbeat surfer music immortalized "woodys" in song. The connection between woodys and surfing became permanent.       

By the 1970's national woody clubs emerged and since that time values have risen to dizzying heights; some recently offered at $150,000.

The demand for woody souvenirs and collectibles has never been greater.

 

Today it is hard to imagine that there were ever automobiles  made of wood. The originals are now American icons.

Contact us at  lorena@shadesoftiffany.biz  or call  1-415-345-8529

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