December 3, 2018 -- Desert Rat
A 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe equipped for hot dry weather. For those wondering about the gizmo hanging on the window, those were referred to as auto swamp coolers (actually somewhat primitive air-conditioning) that were filled with ice and/or water to cool the air inside the car.
I grew up on the Nevada desert and remember my dad had a ’48 Chevy just like this (except black & no chrome wheels) with the swamp cooler and would also have a couple of those canvas water bags hanging on the bumper as we made our annual trip east on old U.S. 66 (when it was still just a 2-lane road) to visit grandparents in the mid-west. That swamp cooler was packed with ice & cold water to cool the car by introducing cool moist air in place of the hot dry air of the desert. In reality, the ice would be melted within less than 100 miles and all the water would evaporate quickly as well in the 100+ temps of the Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico & Texas deserts, so we’d refill it at the next gas stop.
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