I've also been doing some research on the year 1957 because I'm setting my current WIP in a time not unlike that year (just as the setting is a place not unlike Boston, or London, or perhaps Ankh-Morpork...). This has led me to search for things like cars and fashion and other random stuff like this cool lighted alarm clock which Inspector Beck has in his bedroom.
Or this cute outfit I imagine one of my characters wearing.
This necklace which another character inherits.
This '57 Lancia Florida which Officer Prentiss drives (and which Inspector Beck envies, not that I can blame him).
or how about this cool panel truck one might see while in my city...
See? Research is FUN!
As for auctions, well, I don't know about you but I love them. I once bought a gorgeous Oriental type carpet for not very much which still graces my living room. Anyway. The other night I went to hang out with a friend and he had the Discovery channel on which was showing the Barrett-Jackson Auction. I think I died and went to Heaven.
There were so many amazing and outrageous cars, like this 1938 Coddington V12 Hemi aka "The French Connection"
Or how about this 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (might be kinda fun to tour in, no? I wonder what it looks like inside...)
But I think my favorite was this 1971 Pontiac GTO
|sold for $126,500|
Now that's an OMG.
I think I might be drooling on myself. Again.