Category Archives: Auto photos 1946 – 1965
It looks to us like the salesmen on the floor at the John Smith Chevrolet dealership in Atlanta, Georgia might have had a couple of good prospects on their hands if the owners of the two battered Chrysler products parked out front were inside shopping for a bargain on a new Chevrolet. The 1955 Cadillac behind the dowdy looking Dodge and Plymouth dramatically illustrates how far automotive styling had come in just a few years in the early 1950′s.
This photo, dated September 9, 1956, is another by the Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers and is used courtesy of the Georgia State University photo archives. You can see number of other items on The Old Motor relating to Atlanta’s automotive history here (scroll down).
Our last photos in this series show the station from the other side of the property. We believe that this is the Cascade Avenue side. Above, Coca-Cola is getting a little competition from that other Southern soda pop, Dr. Pepper, in the battling billboards on the right. And below, the fenders on the older panel truck in the foreground show some battle scars while a large number of pre-war coupes and sedans in better shape line the curbs. We invite you to identify as many as you can. If you enjoyed these photos, be sure to check out two other views of this station in Part II. Photos courtesy of Georgia State University.
As promised in Part I, a horse of a different color presents itself here in our top photo. To be a bit more precise about it, the faithful four-legged friend parked on the left looks like a mule to us. Easily forgotten today is just how long horses and their near relatives remained on the scene in the cities of America providing necessary service, and not only in the South. The bedraggled Ford Model “A” on the right might have been around almost as long as that old mule.
By way of contrast, the brand spanking new Dodge D24 sedan on the right (above) was the latest thing to come out of Detroit when these photos were shot in 1946. Actually just a facelift of a dependable pre-war design, a car hungry public gobbled them up as quickly as Chrysler could build them after the long drought of the war years. If you enjoyed these photos, be sure to check out two other views of this station in Part I. Photos courtesy of Georgia State University.