Monday Kookoonoomonia

The younger of my mother’s two sisters who lived in the Baltimore area, my aunt Lea, used the word Kookoonoomonia to describe crazy behavior. My aunt Lea has been gone a long time, but she lives on with us because my sister, my niece and I use the word Kookoonoomonia all the time.

Lea had a tough life. She was a Holocaust survivor as was her husband, Henry, who actually survived a concentration camp. He was murdered by two POS who robbed his grocery store in Bloodymore, Murderland about 20 years after the end of World War II. Once again, I despise when people say that everyone gets what they deserve. NFW!



I think Kookoonoomonia describes my obsession with automobiles. For the second consecutive Sunday my wonderful wife and I attended a car show. While it is great to see interesting cars and to chat with friends like C/2 and with strangers, I have a strong sense that my attachment to automobiles is a little “off.” On the other hand, no doubt exists that I am at least a little “OCD” so it’s not like I have much choice in the matter.

I took a fair number of pictures yesterday, but these are the four I want to show today.



These two pictures are of a 1913 Stanley Touring Model 76. While I have absolutely no desire to own a brass-era car I do appreciate their significance. In the first decade of the 20th century it was not clear that gasoline engines would be the dominant form of power for the automobile. Steam-powered cars were popular as were, yes, electric cars. The introduction of the electric starting system and generator by Cadillac in 1912 was a huge factor in the death knell of the steam car and the long slumber of electric cars.



These two pictures are of the exterior and interior of a 1955 DeSoto Firedome convertible (duh). The Firedome was powered by a version of the first-generation Chrysler Hemi; displacement was 291 cubic inches and in Firedome spec it produced 185 HP/245 LB-FT of torque. Only 625 Firedome convertibles were produced in 1955. The “MSRP” was $2,824. The more upscale Fireflite convertible was priced at $3,151; only 775 of those were produced that year.








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4 thoughts on “Monday Kookoonoomonia

  1. The photos of the DeSoto bring to mind that jingle they used in their TV ads:
    “It’s De-lightful, it’s De-Lovely, It’s DeSoto!”
    Evidently not delightful and de-lovely enough as DeSoto was killed off early in the 1961 model year. It wasn’t even given the dignity of a full model year before being interred …


  2. I think you are correct about the way DeSoto ended – the model year had no sooner begun than Chrysler pulled the plug on DeSoto. Similar fate in 1960 with the Edsel.


    1. Yes, the ends of DeSoto and Edsel were very similar, but Edsel was only around for three model years. DeSoto had been around for more than 30. Of course, you knew this already, but some readers might not have.


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