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Six Fun Friday Forties and Fifties Kodachrome Images

For this week’s installment in the popular Kodachrome Images series, we have a fresh batch of photos for you to peruse and hopefully help identify some of the makes, models, and the year of manufacture. The small amount of information that was found with some the photos or what can be observed by studying them is included in the captions.

The serial feature is meant to let our readers join in on the fun, so please send us a comment about anything you can add to this set of six photos. The series has been running for a month now, and you can look back on the complete Kodachrome Image Series here.  For fans of cars from this era, you can view over three hundred more photos of postwar cars and trucks here. All of the images are via Americar.

  • The lead photo in the post appears to show a high-end 1955 or 1956 Chrysler. Can you tell us about it?

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  •           This Ford Fairlane 500 was bought from Community Ford Sales located in Saline, Michigan.


  • This photo came with a caption indicating that this location is at 7th Avenue and 46th Street in New York City during 1954. Can anyone find the release date of the movie and ID and date the cars?

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  •   This Dodge two-door hardtop is sporting an Ohio 1957 License plate and appear to be a 1957 model.


  •  Not much to go on here, two women are trying to catch dinner with a Pontiac Sedan behind them. 


  • It appears that someone’s sweetheart is posing with a tired looking and repainted 1936 Ford Tudor. In addition the fenders look a bit beat-up and the grille has been pushed in just below the hood.

27 responses to “Six Fun Friday Forties and Fifties Kodachrome Images

  1. The Chrysler is a 55 New Yorker Deluxe bearing California plates. The Pontiac is a 49 Streamliner 6 Deluxe 4 door sedan. The two tone green Oldsmobile in the street scene is a 51. The two Desoto long wheel base taxi cabs appear to be 51 vintage, as well.

  2. Our Michigander wearing the ascot is well prepared for the trip, with enough Red Hat ale for everyone. Too bad we can’t see the rest of the tags, we could tell what year this might have been, one thing is for certain, that Fairlane could sure hold a lot of luggage-remember how the “0” would flip over to get to the trunk lock? Nice color too, must have been a very sharp looking ride. “Now, where did I put the can opener?”

    • Red CAP ale, not Red Hat.

      From the Falstaff Brewing company website:
      1934 – With Prohibition ending in the USA, former car manufacturer James A Bohannon opens the Brewing Corporation of America in Cleveland on Quincy Avenue. Bohannon had headed up the Peerless Automotive Co. which built luxury cars but the company did not survive the Depression. Peerless executives see a chance to cash in on the repeal of Prohibition. Bohannon licenses the technology to brew beer from Carling in Canada. The initial strategy was just to brew Red Cap Ale, but this proved almost to be the undoing of the young company. It was not until they released the budget price “Black Label” beer, that sales and profits began to grow. The brewery was located in the former Peerless Automobile factory. Initially sales were only in Cleveland, OH, but grew to other areas.

    • Not a criticism, Stone the Crows, but an ascot is a scarf-like piece of neckwear worn inside the shirt. Dressier than an open neck shirt, more casual than a tie. Perhaps you’re referring to his hat?

  3. A lot going on in that downtown photo! I never got to see an actual “Automat”. I don’t know if they ever even made it to Califunny. But I sure remember them being featured in cartoons and TV shows of the era. They must have been a really short-lived fad. Sort of like a huge vending machine that you walk inside of.
    Four cars and two buses clearly visible. Three of the cars are taxi cabs.

    A bunch of neat photos. (From one of the mostly only looks at pre1930 pictures people, but I can still appreciate some of this newer stuff!)
    Thanks David G!

      • “They must have been a really short-lived fad”???
        “Short-lived”, I think not! The first Automat opened in the U.S in 1902, but they were started in Europe 10 years earlier. There were 40 Automats in N.Y.C. alone, the last one closing in 1991. In their day, Automats were bigger than McDonalds; and this style of food service is still extremely popular in Japan, Spain, and the Netherlands.

  4. Good stuff. The Ford is a ’59, and they DID have a lot of trunk room. It was a good thing . . . “back when,” in my days as a deputy sheriff, the entire area above the axle in that trunk was taken up by two-case Motorola two-way radio. One was the receiver, the other the transmitter. When you hit the mike button, you could hear the dynamotor in the transmitter case start to whine. Nice Johnny Walker sign in that streetscape too. I had a nodding acquaintance . . .

  5. 1955 Chrysler New Yorker St Regis “Summer Special” in Rangoon Red over Creme. I actually own this exact same car. Have for 30 years! What a “dream” these cars are. 353 Hemi!

  6. The Automat or Horn and Hardart lasted about 50 years and some were quite ornate inside kinda sorta like
    a 1920s movie palace

  7. “The Siege at Red River” also starred long-time TV actors Richard Boone ( “Paladin” ) and Milburn Stone (“Doc” from Gunsmoke ).

  8. Automats had a wall of small windows. In each window was a food item. Soup, pie, etc. You placed a coin in the slot and took out the food. There were people in back of the wall who replaced each item as it was purchased.

  9. As a kid growing up in and around NY in the 60s I often had lunch, usually with my Mom, on shopping trips into the city. The food was actually pretty good. The whole idea of those many doors that would open to all kinds of food was mind bogglingly exotic to an 8 year old.

  10. The 1957/1958 Dodge was purchased at one of the “Spitzer” agencies here in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

    • Yep, I had their name on my very first car, a 1957 black and red two door Chevy Biscayne hardtop. They pop riveted their name tag right on the trunk, so you were stuck with it whether you liked it or not. The area behind the name tag was already starting to rust, as were the inner fenders and rocker panels. Cleveland winters were tough on cars back then.

  11. The Dodge is a 58 Coronet. The wheel-covers and more ornate tail lamp bezels are a clue, as is the ’58 only two tone treatment

  12. Recently found your site and what a pleasant surprise it was!
    As a longtime “car nut” I am getting a huge kick out of all these photos
    Not meaning to be a nitpicker, but would like to know how Mr. Ricewasser is
    so positive that the ’49 Pontiac is a 6-cylinder. To my knowledge the only ID on side of
    the car said either “SilverStreak” or Silver8Streak. One of the ladies is sitting directly
    in front of where the ID was located, thus my question. Great work, keep it up

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