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Five Fun Fifties Friday Kodachrome Images

Number twenty-five in the Fun Friday Kodachrome Image series starts out with a lead photo that shows exactly what Kodachrome film by Kodak and that produced by other companies was all about. As Paul Simon put it in his famous song: “give us those nice bright colors.” Las Vegas has alway been bright, but the color saturation of this type film turned it up a couple of notches.

As is normal practice with this series, we ask our readers to tell us the year, make and model of all of these cars along with anything thing else of interest in a photo. You can look back on all the earlier parts of this series here. The photos are via Americar.

1950s Buick Convertible

  • Someone’s prize Buick convertible at a Shell station that might be brand new car?  

1950s Cadillac Sedan

  • In the 1950s a new Cadillac was a status symbol that said you had made it. Here we have a family from California with one in the middle of a housing development.

1950s Ford Station Wagon

  • This families vacation did not go as smoothy as expected, note the front and rearend damage to the car.

1950s Packard Sedan

  • An interesting scene showing the new and the old in St. Louis Missouri in the mid-1950s.

24 responses to “Five Fun Fifties Friday Kodachrome Images

  1. A beige 57 Chevy? Looks great. I appreciate the big Buicks and Caddies, but the best is that Ford SW pulling the trailer. We are on vacay and we are gonna like it and we are gonna have fun. I said so. Now get in the car, sit down and shut up. I mean it.

  2. Top pic, ’58 Edsel looks pretty new, and a Bugeye Sprite behind the Dodge. The searchlight, and the generator used to run them. The 2nd pic, looks like a 1956 Michigan license plate, and the women look a little tough.
    3rd pic, remember when you could sit on a fender or hood, and not dent it? Early 50’s Plymouth wagon in the drive.
    I’m thinking pops in the ’58 Ford wagon, isn’t the best driver, as there’s a patch panel in the front of the trailer. Possible “jack knife”. The damage to the front seems pretty recent, as the scuff marks on the front tire look fresh. The license plate appears to be a 1962 Ohio plate. The “Sport Craft” trailer was made in Cortland, Ohio, so that may back that up. Last pic, I think that’s a Crosley wagon behind the Packard. Thanks for a wonderful series.

  3. A brave little ’58 or ’59 Austin Healey Sprite (Iris or Speedwell Blue behind the ’57 Dodge) threads its way in amongst the behemoths going past the Nevada Club.

    Why possibly ’59? An enormous 1959 Plymouth is parked at the curb behind the Nevada Club’s search light generator.

  4. The last photo is in the St. Louis inner ring suburb of Wellston, in the area known as the Wellston Loop, where the streetcars would loop around to head back in the opposite direction. The White Mill diner was built inside the old Wellston trolley station.

  5. It appears the Sprite in the first photo is beside an early ’50s Dodge, behind the Swept Wing, and a red Buick convertible, possibly a ’55, behind that. At the far curb, it looks like a ’55 Cadillac’s fanny. My guess is the ’57 Buick in the second photo is a Super, as I think (but would not swear to) the Roadmaster having a chrome strip on the quarter panels.

    The Caddy at the curb seems to be about a ’52, and the Plymouth wagon in the drive could be as old as a ’49.

    Not much to be said for the Ford wagon except to seek absolution. In the final photo, the partially blocked car at left appears to be an early ’50s Chrysler.

    I agree with David entirely on color film. I have shot photos ever since 1959 when I started in the newspaper business, and while I absolutely love the ease now of digital photograph, you definitely do not get the color saturation you get with color film!

  6. Lived in the Cortland area for more than a dozen years and wasn’t aware of SportCraft… The things you learn (thanks Howard and thanks David). By the way, the letters “F” and “N” on the license plate on the tow vehicle indicate that the Ford was registered in Trumbull County, where Cortland is located. My dad had a ’64 Dodge that sported the same letters on his plate when we lived in Cortland. Coincidentally, I worked at a restoration shop in Gardena, Ca. a few years ago where the ad states SportCraft had a West Coast location.

  7. 1st foto… What a really brave Sprite- not for the faint of heart, the ’55 Buick is indeed a Super no stainless panel on the rear quarter, right Larry… as well as the Caddy… that color combination was ’55, and John could be right about the Bel Air CV w/ blackwalls ‘cept wouldn’t Hertz or it’s like, be renting the newest and latest??? and there are newer cars in the foto, like…. the Sprite and could it be a ’59 Plymouth (kudos James) thru the Chevy’s windows??? as well as the ’58 Edsel staring at us???

    2nd foto… Larry…that is top of the line Roadmaster CV note the bright work panel on the bottom rear quarter which married w the rear bumper and tail lamp assembly. The couples look a little conservative for that color even in a convertible.

    3rd foto… It’s a ’51 Cadillac Fleetwood note the faux vents on the rear door… first year for Dagmars , second year for “hardtop” styling.. A car better suited for a tonier, older neighborhood. Maybe Mom and Dad are visiting Son and family in the suburbs w/ their new car. The Plymouth Suburban beyond is just rite for the hood.

    4th foto… hope they’re home; can’t imagine that trip was much fun,,,’58 Ford Customline , nine passenger Country Sedan.

    Final foto… Base ’51 Packard series 200 w/ Ultramatic (rear fender), about to cross the tracks- I agree w/ Larry… I think it’s a ’51 or ’52 Chrysler New Yorker (long hood). Beyond the Packard- Yes, it’s a Crosley , I just don’t remember the paint being so “rich”…The Big and the Small!!

    Really enjoy the series!!!

  8. I rented a 57 BelAir 4 door. It had all the bells and whistles, exc whitewalls also. In addition it was equipped with “dog dish” hub caps

  9. Once again, how I look forward to Fridays.

    My two cents:

    1) I do absolutely love the 57 Bel Air without any accessories. The “tri-five” Chevies always look as though they “drove through JC Whitney with a magnet”. I mean, Chevrolet dealers probably could not give away tissue dispensers in their time, but you never seem to see an antique Chevrolet without one.

    2) If you look through the windows of the 57 Chevrolet you can see a 59 Plymouth.

    3) It would not be too surprising to see a “I like Ike” bumper sticker on the Buick.

    4) You’d have to wonder why they took the pic of the 58 Ford. It’s dirty and pretty well banged up. I can’t imagine saying to the relatives; “Here’s our car and the trailer we took the vacation with.” You’d think they would have at least washed it.

  10. The blue Buick in Pic 1 is a ’55 Super 2-door hardtop; the gold & white Dodge is a ’57 Coronet 4-door sedan.
    The Buick convertible in Pic 2 is a ’57 Century, as shown by the crease below the RQ window.
    In Pic 3 the Caddy is a ’51 Series 62 sedan. There’s a ’49-52 Plymouth 2-door wagon in the near driveway, and a probable ’55 Chevy in the farther driveway.

    • Correction: The ’51 Cadillac in Pic 3 appears to be a Sixty Special, not a Series 62. That’s a fairly new housing development with young trees, but there are already oil spots on the street.

  11. Holland …you’re right the crease makes it a Century, three ventiports would’ve been a Special.. still think the occupants look a little stodgy… while it looks geenormous the Super and the Roadmaster were even larger!!!

  12. The pic’ of the wagon & camper may have been taken at the accident site to document the damage, seems to be a hasty pull-over spot.

  13. Graham B. is right! that Caddy is a rich bachelor brother-in-law visiting , to make SURE that his sister is “being treated right”, Good guess, I think, because someone had to take the picture, — plus: Grandma & Grandpa are NOT there. THIS reminds me of my own Uncle, a visiting “Cadillac man”. Our neighborhood was from an earlier decade, and I remember ONE Cadillac only, that lived there, in Los Angeles , Zone 39, Atwater Village. Edwin – 30 –

  14. Oh why o why did California get rid of the old black and yellow license plates?
    Why do the bad taste mongers always win out in this country?

  15. Interesting note about the search light. That style of light was probably WWll surplus as were the lights at the old “Hollywood Premiers” They were used to scan the sky’s looking for enemy aircraft.

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