I've always loved station wagons. My very first car was a 1961 Ford Falcon 4dr wagon in 60's brown inside and out. That car lasted one week before losing most of the front suspension in a hole while doing some off-road hooning with a friend driving a matching 1961 Ranchero.
Between the clean lines of the squared off back, and the utility of the wagon, they are the perfect car. Too bad they don't make them anymore, but back in the early 50's, station wagons were being transformed from pure work vehicles to something the family could use. Steel bodies were replacing wood, suspensions were getting more comfortable and power steering and automatic transmissions were making them easier to drive.
Check out this article from the Sept. 1953 issue of Popular Mechanics to see where wagons were going back in 1953.