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Vintage Women and the Automobile Part II


We last featured Vintage Women and the Automobile Part I back in January so it long overdue to to bring you a new installment of photos of the the fairer sex and the car. The dictionary definition of fairer is: of pleasing appearance, especially because of a pure or fresh quality. In contemporary usage, this term may be regarded by some as patronizing toward women, though it was not originally intended this way – Attitudes, just like automobiles change over time.

This set of photos is from our friend in France Imagerie Mécanique, who has a great eye for collecting images of all types. In this set, we have included cars and women from here there and everywhere, and while most of them are of American origin, a couple of the photos appear to have been taken at a French Concours. You can also see hundreds of other photos showing women’s involvement with the automobile here. Tell us who you might see here in the way of famous famous women and identify any of the unusual cars if you can.

waw2      waw4      waw5

waw6      waw7      waw8

waw9      waw10      waw12

waw13      waw14      waw16

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16 responses to “Vintage Women and the Automobile Part II

  1. Some very interesting subjects in this group, David. Fourth row center looks like Eddie Miller’s fabulous Pontiac straight-six powered lakes streamliner. I believe the 1937 Packard 120 woodie wagon at the bottom of the post is a Brooks Stevens design.

  2. What a fantastic collection!

    Ginger Rogers w/the Dodge in photo #3 is an easy one (for old guys like me).

    That Packard woodie is amazing; I’d like to know more about that too.

  3. WOW! David this is great stuff. REAL cheese cake pictures with great old cars from the past. A couple of my favorites; second row, center picture. This young woman with the old Dodge, like this one a lot.

    Forth row, center picture. The lakes streamliner as Gene pointed out. And bottom row, center picture. The lovely woman in the bathing suit holding what appears to be one of those tethered gas powered racers.

  4. I would have included that famous photo of Bonnie Parker posing in front
    of a Ford holding a revolver and her leg up on the bumper.
    I always thought she was pretty hot in a rough,hard-bitten dame
    sort of way

  5. David, Lovely photos, thanks.
    Attitudes do change, but lately for the better. Most women of my daughter’s age don’t have a problem with appealing, even cheesecake photos, such as these. The progress is to revel in the feminine without putting up with crap from us guys!

  6. The first row, second photo of the “Cadillac getting the water hose pulled over the fender paint”, with help like that, she wouldn’t have lasted long at our gas station. Nice body designs though, all of them.

  7. British built front wheel drive 1930-35 BSA Special Sports three-wheeler (fifth row, right) and above it a 1938-1939 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Coupe

  8. Who has that rare Ruxton in California. And for the $64 question, what is that car in the French Concours?

  9. I have been able to identify a few more of the ladies in the pictures and the cars:
    WAW 1 = Madge Evans – 1934 Dodge coupe
    WAW2 = Stella Mudge wife of the Maharajah of Kapurthala – 1937 Talbot Lago T150 C SS by Figoni & Falaschi, chassis # 90107
    WAW5= Ginger Rodger – 1936 Dodge coupe
    WAW6 = Rita La Roy – 1930 Ruxton
    WAW7 = 1939 Dodge
    WAW8 = International truck
    WAW10 = 1938 Rosengart LR 4 N2 Cabriolet
    WAW12 = Jean Parker – 1935 Packard One twenty
    WAW13 = Loeretta Young? – Packard
    WAW14 = Carol Cameron – Eddie Miller’s Pontiac 6 Lakester
    WAW16= Mistinguett – 1938 Lincoln
    WAW20 = 1930 Willys Knight
    WAW22 = 1935 BSA three wheeler
    WAW23 = 1937 Packard 120 Woodie, designed by Brooks Stevens and built by Monart Motors

    • I’m a little late to the party here, but maybe can help a little for the record. To be more specific, the convertible with Loretta Young (probably) is a 1936-37 Packard 120. I don’t think those years can be distinguished from this angle, at least not by me.

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