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Five Fun Friday Forties, Fifties, and Sixties Kodachrome Photos

Many of you responded that you enjoyed and wanted to see more features like last Friday’s Fun Friday Forties and Fifties Kodachrome Photos post, so today we are back with more. Since our knowledge is based primarily on pre-World War II cars, trucks and motorcycles, and our readers know so much more about vehicles from this period, we are going to ask for your help.

If you can tell us anything about any of these images this week or in the future, please take a minute or two and send in a comment and share what you know with fellow enthusiasts. If you have any interesting larger-sized, colorful, and in focus photos send in a comment from any article (it will not be posted) and you will receive a return message with our email address to send them to. Please remember to include your name so you can be credited for the images.

Permanent links are no longer allowed in comments due to so many of them turning into broken links in time. If you have a link to any good photos or information about an image that is already posted here you can easily send it in a comment, and the link can be deleted here afterwards. All photos are via Americar except the parking lot view below. You can find other earlier Kodachrome photos here.

  • The top photo shows a gentleman posing with a Buick convertible, let us know the year and model. An early fifties Ford Assembly Line is seen below – where was it located and what year are the cars?  

early 1950s ford assembly line

  •  This photo is courtesy of Alden Jewell. He would like to know where it was, and the year it was taken?


  •               The big one that did not get away – what year is this a late fifties Ford and what model?

1959 Ford

  •     A billboard by radio station WERD of Atlanta, Georgia, with a Buick Wagon and a Cadillac Hardtop.

1959 Buick 1960 Cadillac


23 responses to “Five Fun Friday Forties, Fifties, and Sixties Kodachrome Photos

  1. Jimmy Whittington was a DJ for a black radio station, WERD, in Atlanta. It was the first radio station in the United States to be owned by an African American gentleman. I do digress from the aspect of the cars in the picture, but encourage one to “Google” WERD radio for some fascinating info.

    • Assembly line 1953-1954 with 1954 Customline sedan up front. The 1959 Galaxie 2 door hardtop (unless Canadian) was just called the Fairlane 500 early in the production, but later had both designations. I had one, but the memory does fade a bit after 50 years.

    • Thanks for the interesting US history info found by searching for WERD 860am purchased for $50,000 in 1949. BTW $50K adjusted for inflation is just under a half million in 2015.

  2. The dapper gentleman at the top of the page is leaning against a 1951 Buick Super convertible. Convertibles were available in the deluxe, but not standard trim level of the Special and also Super and Roadmaster models for 1951

  3. The gentleman holding the fish is standing beside a 59 Ford Galaxie Club Victoria. In the lower photo taken in front of the billboard, the station wagon on the left is a 58 Buick Century Caballero wagon and the car on the right is a 59 Cadillac 4 door hardtop.

    • Judging by the colors of leaves on the trees on the horizon It seem more likely that the photo was taken in October/November and he’s got his snow tires on in anticipation of winter coming. The phone booth looks American. I’d guess they are in Northern Michigan or Wisconsin.

  4. The top pic looks to have been taken on a military base. You can see a few 2 1/2 tons in the background, and the orange and white water tower lead me to believe this. That the fellow is in civilian clothes puzzles me (if he is a soldier) As I know the Navy at that time was quite restrictive of civilian clothes on base. His hair cut is “sat” though.

    • Good call I’d say. He has a parking badge on the license plate and is in front of a sign that probably indicates special parking for base personnel. Nice car at the time, he has reason to appear smug.

      Might be Beetle Bailey’s playboy friend Killer.

  5. I think the picture of the parking lot reminds how cars used to come in COLORS. Today, it seems they are all black, white, silver or charcoal. (Of course silver and charcoal come from mixing black and white) And, an occasional dark red. And, interiors are all black, gray or tan.

    It used to be better.

    • Mike, I noticed the same thing, but over the years I have read that the automakers go with what the “color people” tell them is popular and will drive more sales.

      I noticed lots of two-toned cars and green must have been popular at the time as there are about forty cars in different hues of green.

    • I spotted four pink, black and white 1955 Dodge Royal Coupes, only one pickup, two station wagons and not a single convertible.

      • I have no idea where it was taken, but I’m guessing the year was 1955, because those Dodges are the newest cars I can make out – certainly not in ’57, because you’d notice the lower/longer Chryslers and Fords.

    • reply to Mike Canfield color of cars, I learned that very early cars were 4 different colors before black. the saying
      was you can have any color as long as it was black, Allan June 14,2015

  6. I like two tones . My 53 Pontiac sports a two tone paint job . My 78 F100 daily driver does also . I miss the color and body styles of yesterday . Most automobiles today look like just another sheep in the flock . They all look alike .

    • I think the parking lot is a Dodge dealer’s new and used car storage yard. Each car has some sort of white paper tag in the windshield. There are 4 identical tri-color 1955 Dodges (White top, dark gray over pink) that leads me to believe it’s a Dodge dealer’s yard. I think I see other tri color and two tone 55 Dodges on the lot as well.

  7. Love this series! The fish in the hands of the man posing beside the 59 Ford Galaxie Club Victoria looks like a Muskie or a Northern Pike. Both fish are to be proud of landing. He still has his snow tires on the Galaxie so I assume Canada, late April/early May.

  8. For the parking lot, I am going to say 1955, as that ’55 Ford two tone, parked sideways to most of the cars in the lot, really stands out as newer than the rest of them, as do the two -two tone green-’55 GM cars in the sideways row one row down.

    I am going to say the lot is temporary for overflow at some big one-time or annual event, possibly a county fair, or maybe the circus is in town. The lot appears to be gravelly or oil soaked, not paved, and freshly done and not rutted or worn. No markings or painted lines, but it looks like heavy wood or concrete kerbs are placed between each row of cars parked nose to nose. It looks like they got more visitors than the organizers had planned, and had to improvise the parking.

    • That picture of the parking lot gave me a chuckle. Imagine today’s drivers with mostly manual transmissions and armstrong power steering parked like this!

  9. The ’54 Fords were a major departure for Detroit, first line to offer both 6 and V-8 OHV engines, 239 ci for that first Y-block, soon to grow to 272, 292 and finally the 312. Also, the front suspensions were upgraded for a more compliant ride. The front yellow Ford is a V-8, probably with a 3 on the tree with overdrive. The wagon in the back had an upgrade from 10″ to 11″ brakes. That Y-block was also used in the ’59 Fords, though only the 292 as an economy version since the newer FE (Ford Edsel) blocks were the higher performance options. The great thing about many of these cars is the ability to switch among all these engine types with very little problem. I ended up with a 406 ‘NASCAR’ engine in a ’57 businessman’s coupe I bought from a stripper for $25. Perfect fit….the engine, not the stripper.

  10. Love your site. Spend many hours browsing. The young man by the Buick convertible resembles Tony Stewart, half owner of Stewart-Hass Racing Nascar Team and driver.

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