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Mike Mandel's Vintage Car Photography Explores the American Dream

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Published: Jul 9, 2014 • References: flickr and itsnicethat
The title of Mike Mandel's vintage car photography series, 'People in Car Photos 1970,' is pretty self-explanatory. What isn't as obvious, however, is what makes the series so magical. It's true that anything vintage is immediately veiled in a thick layer of nostalgia, but I have a feeling it's something more than that.

The series seems to understand, and convey, how the automobile revolutionized the world. Indeed, the automobile has been one of the most significant and consistent indicators of the "American Dream." As a symbol, it represents something crucial about America's collective consciousness -- even if that symbolism might not register on an individual basis.

So, whether it's a teenager with a nonchalant expression offering the peace sign, a mother gazing at her two boys in the backseat or a couple with their arms around each other, each image is truly fascinating.