This press photo shows a scene played out across the country many times after World War II when the eager public had waited for years for the chance to buy a new car. Finally after production started again, many would show up to watch as the new 1946 models began to arrive at car dealerships across the country. The new cars were the first to be available to the public since the 1942 production year was cut short at the beginning World War II.
This press photo is dated October of 1945 and gives the location of Jim Hills Ford and Mercury as being in Oak Park, Illinois. It appears that they also have a 1946 model on the showroom floor inside, behind the group on the sidewalk eagerly watching the new cars arrive. Check out the enlargeable photos below for more detail. You can view an earlier five-part series called Moving the Metal that covers auto delivery by truck here on The Old Motor.