Call the kids, grab the picnic basket, and load up the wagon for this colorful salute to the great American family hauler. The entire evolution of the station wagon is examined, from the qdepot hacksq that shuttled passengers to their trains in the 1920s to today's popular SUVs and minivans. The emphasis, however, is decidedly on the fantastic classics that came into their own during the postwar boom of the 1950s and '60s, including the Chevrolet Nomad, Pontiac Safari, Studebaker Wagonaire, and Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. Also included are beautiful woodys from several manufacturers and rare wagons from bygon manufacturers like Packard. The wonderful images in this nostalgic, one-of-a-kind history include period color photography, fascinating print advertisements, and exclusive modern color photographs of lovingly restored wagons.A fter the soaring fins and garish two-tone paint jobs of the /ac 1950s, American automobile design soon settled down in lathe 1960s. Quickly gone ... Gone, too, were the extremely low designs of the late 1950s, which heavily compromised interior room in station wagon form. ... This led Detroit to counterattack in 1960 with its own compact carsa the Ford Falcon, Chevrolet Corvair, and Plymouth Valiant.