"Our MG Garage, 1935"
Photo by David L. Shelburne
Every MG owner and probably every vintage car owner is familiar with F. Gordon Crosby's iconic drawing of a man working on a 1933 MG-J2 in a typical English garage of the period where not a single power tool can be seen. Through the use of advanced 3D computer animation tools, I have created a photo realistic view of what Gordon Crosby was looking at while making his drawing. (Please excuse the clear copyright symbols imposed upon this website example. They do not exist, of course, on the prints!)
While color film of the day (Kodachrome was introduced in 1935) could not possibly have captured such a high resolution and detailed photograph as this, it took only a bit of imagination to conjure up this as a possible explanation:
The accompanying photo, which I have named "Our MG Garage, 1935," has recently come into my possession by very mysterious means. Though its origin is unclear, a few facts are known. It was in 1935 that Cecil Kimber, founder of the MG Car Company and an avid amateur photographer, returned from a trip to the Continent with a newly purchased Leica camera. I have it on good authority that one day his 10 year old daughter, Jean, borrowed the camera on a lark. It is believed that she came across MG factory illustrator and good family friend, F. Gordon Crosby, making a drawing. Curious, Jean peered around his shoulder and quickly snapped a photo on one of the first rolls of Kodachrome color film. While it cannot be proved for certain, some say that this must be that long lost photo.
David L. Shelburne, NEMGTR #9855