Saturday, 19 November 2011
I've been waiting for an opportunity to use this postcard from 1964 just because I like the look of it. I found my chance when I saw a car on Sepia Saturday's image for this week. I offer you a whole row of cars.
From the back of the postcard I find that the picture was taken in Novi Beograd and shows "Fontana noću", "Fountain at night".
Novi Beograd or New Belgrade was new in 1947 when it was built as a planned town on the opposite bank of the Sava river to Belgrade itself. At that time the country was Yugoslavia, now Belgrade is the capital of Serbia.
Knowing this, I thought I might be able to find out what the cards were and I'm fairly confident that the two on the left of the row are Zastava 600 (fića) based on the Fiat 600. Fića were the Yugoslav equivalent of the Mini or the Citroen 2CV, affordable cars for the people, that became an icon and almost a way of life.
Having managed to find that out, I had high hopes that one or other of the next along the row might be either a 1300 or 1500 by the same manufacturer, Zastava. Unfortunately I don't think either of them is, but it would have been a very satisfying discovery because they took inspiration from the Chevrolet Corvair.
Going off on a short tangent, it wasn't until I had scanned the postcard that I noticed there is a substantial crowd of people standing around the fountains. It must have been a special show.