Nostalgia Trip To 1950s Coral Gables

Sometimes Riptide just can't bear modern times. This city seems a little out of control, what, with all the diamond thieves, Chonga-mall pot busts, and roving gangs of grandmothers. It has us searching for a little borrowed nostalgia from the unremembered fifties. Luckily, Romano Archives recently uploaded this vintage Chevrolet travelogue ad, which features Coral Gables and other Miami destinations. Technicolor vacationers visit Crandon Park, the Venetian Pool, the University of "Mia-mah," and Parrot Jungle. The gentle-voiced narrator (surely this must be what God sounds like) jokes that the parrot-covered tourists have been "given the bird."

But hell, All they have to do to get the bird today is drive down U.S. 1 at rush hour.

This may be an ad for Chevy, but it makes us want to head to our local time travel machine dealer.

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