The album cover has a VW vehicle parked on the street, in the left part of the picture. But this Volkswagen product does not have a license plate with "28IF" on it. At least I don't think it did.
My wife and I recently visited New York City at the very spot where Dylan and his girlfriend took that album cover picture. It was at the intersection of Jones Street and (positively) 4th Street. We took a selfie there.
Neat story henryj! Also interesting story about that cover:
The album cover features a photograph of Dylan with Suze Rotolo. It was taken in February 1963—a few weeks after Rotolo had returned from Italy—by CBS staff photographer Don Hunstein at the corner of Jones Street and West 4th Street in the West Village, New York City, close to the apartment where the couple lived at the time. In 2008, Rotolo described the circumstances surrounding the famous photo to The New York Times: "He wore a very thin jacket, because image was all. Our apartment was always cold, so I had a sweater on, plus I borrowed one of his big, bulky sweaters. On top of that I put on a coat. So I felt like an Italian sausage. Every time I look at that picture, I think I look fat." In her memoir, A Freewheelin' Time, Rotolo analyzed the significance of the cover art: It is one of those cultural markers that influenced the look of album covers precisely because of its casual down-home spontaneity and sensibility. Most album covers were carefully staged and controlled, to terrific effect on the Blue Note jazz album covers ... and to not-so great-effect on the perfectly posed and clean-cut pop and folk albums. Whoever was responsible for choosing that particular photograph for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan really had an eye for a new look. Critic Janet Maslin summed up the iconic impact of the cover as "a photograph that inspired countless young men to hunch their shoulders, look distant, and let the girl do the clinging".
The cover photo is recreated in the 2001 Tom Cruise film Vanilla Sky with Penelope Cru.
Also after Dylan broke up with Suze he wrote the song 'Positively Fourth Street'. Suze passed away in 2011.
Cool post, Rocky! I have not seen that Tom Cruise movie. I wonder how far Cruise and Cruz were from 4th Street. I'm thinking they were closer to the VW bus than Dylan was.
I added the Dylan lp cover to my previous post. Notice the newer street lights in the Cruise picture, they didn't have those in 1963, and they could have got the cars more accurate if the person staging the Cruise picture knew more about vintage cars. lol