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Times Past: Before the power door lock, there was ...

November 15, 2010 |  7:00 am


From the Los Angeles Times archives: Home magazine, Aug. 28, 1977

A cheap piece of wire or "a beautifully fashioned aluminum rod"? Maybe the description of the No-Stretch Car Door Opener — to save you from that brutal task of leaning over to unlock the passenger side — was a bit of an exaggeration. But today, with used cars described as "pre-owned vehicles," this humble piece of metal would have its own infomercial and be called a "system."

-- Joan Fantazia

Photo credit: Joan Fantazia. Archive source: Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens