Pic Of The Day #1053

The other day, alert “06880” reader Julian Oldale had lunch at Porsche America’s headquarters restaurant, in Atlanta. There were many cool vintage auto photos on the wall. This one looked quite familiar:

The caption notes that the Porsche 356 B coupe’s model year was 1960. You can tell the photo was taken around then — just look at all the rocks on the beach.

9 responses to “Pic Of The Day #1053

  1. This has always been a Westport legend for me, despite old friend Pat Brennecke, Staples ’66, telling me that Compo used to be all rocks. I came here 22 years ago. Can someone fill in the dates, background, history, inevitable endless arguments and the cost of trucking in how much sand?

    • Peter Barlow

      Much earlier than 1960, the “rocks” were more like stones and quite smooth and rounded – and mainly above the high tide mark. But it definitely was not a sandy beach!

  2. David J. Loffredo

    #fakebeach

    Had some work done….

  3. Eric Selander

    better pic on Pinterest ..

  4. Suzanne Wilson

    Is there a connection with Paul Newman and his many Porsches?

  5. Linda Pomerantz Novis

    I believe the story goes something like Paul Newman had installed a Porsche engine into his VW bug; he then drove this up & down the Post Rd…
    Paul then mentioned this same story to Jay Leno ,one night, years later..(watch this interview on Youtube 🙂

  6. Mary Cookman Schmerker

    I am old enough that I do remember the rocks at Compo. Any chance that the woman in the picture is Marilyn Monroe? In the 1950’s during her time with Arthur Miller it was not unusual to see her in Westport. I don’t remember the year but I used to “hang out” at Fillow Florists and watch the designers make corsages and flower arrangements and was there one day when Marilyn came in unannounced for flowers.

  7. Fascinating picture.

    And it seems to validate the write-up in “A Handbook for Westporters” published in 1960 by the Westport League of Women Voters, which noted that 30% of Westport’s working population had jobs in NYC at that time, and were “more often than not workers in the field of communications, that is, advertising, publications, and television…”

    It probably was a Don Draper-type living in Westport who came up with the idea for this ad (and perhaps, among other things, wanted a day working close to home).

  8. Henry Engler

    Here’s the Paul Newman interview