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Five Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Images

For number thirty-five in the Fun Friday Kodachrome Image series, we are featuring a set of five photos that range from the late-1950s through the early-1960s. The lead and second photos appear to have been taken by a partner or friend of the woman as she is in both images; posing in front of the “Rascal House” and (below) with an early sixties Ford Sedan.

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 the photos. You can look back on all the earlier parts of this series here. The photos are via Americar.

  • The lead image shows the “Rascal House” in Sunny Isles Beach, Fl., one of three popular New York style Delis run by Wolfie Cohen in the Miami Beach area. It first opened in 1954 and operated until the spring 2008. 

1960s Ford sedan

  • In this second photo of the woman she seen is posing with an early sixties Ford sedan.

1950s and 1960s cars

  • After living in Vermont ski country for years we can tell you that this colorful Kodachrome image was taken in a ski area parking lot. Now as to the where it is located we will leave that to you.

1960s California surfing

  • Surf is up and this sure looks like a competition meet somewhere. Note the PA system, the twenty-plus surfers out in the water, a woodie and the motor homes.

Ford station wagon

  • A new car Kodachrome moment – This Ford wagon still has the plastic cover on the front seat and a paper plate on the rear window. 

48 responses to “Five Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Images

  1. In the pic with the red Ford wagon – is that an aluminum Hula Hoop leaning against the wall? I actually had one of these (rare?) aluminum hula hoops. Never did get the hang of it – got hung up! Love your blog – please keep it up!

  2. Last photo, red Ford station wagon.

    ” What ya mean it still has the plastic covers on the front seat ?

    Anyone else remember ‘ Rayco Seat Covers’ ?

    The first stop after picking up your new car was the upholstery shop to have clear plastic seat covers put on. Yes, the same upholstery shop that covered all your living room furniture in clear plastic !

    Rotten kids & upholstery didn’t get along any better back then.

    • While working on the larger original photo to reduce it in size, I noticed the plastic on the front seat is wrinkled and looks like the thin stuff that the car was shipped from the factory with.

      • Dave I agree with you that the plastic seat covers are not aftermarket but I don’t think they were the plastic from the factory. I worked at a Ford dealership doing new car get ready starting in 1962. My father was working for the same dealership starting in 1958 and I helped him on Saturdays and during the summer. The plastic from the factory was very opaque and very thin. The stuff we see looks clear and a little substantial. Maybe a kit from Monkey Wards?
        The add on spot light is nice. It’s a Ford accessory. Some place in my tool box I’ve still got my extra long 1/2″ drill bit for installing them.

  3. Delivery work must be tough for that poor late 50s VW panel. The sheet metal bumpers are not very stout! Love the 60 Ford 4-dr hardtop. That is a rare body style. I really love the surfing scene. Buses and wagons galore. I would take the Corvair, VW or Falcon vans or the Opel wagon. The beetle convert and Corvair sedan are fun, too.

  4. I think the third image of the ski parking lot is from Bromley. Not sure why, maybe because it’s been (sadly) dead for years, and maybe because it’s close enough to the VT border for trips from Bennington.

  5. 1st pic, Rascal House was another of the “Wolfie’s” restaurants that we visited, and this, I believe, was in Miami Beach. ( hence the ’59 Chevy convertible) A 3rd restaurant, called “Pumpernik’s” was also there. Again, corned beef to die for. I think the VW is a 1960 or earlier, as they went to bigger tail lights in ’61. The license plate appears to be from 1963.
    2nd pic, while the 1960 Ford isn’t brand new, can’t be too old, and mom, with that getup, is clearly a “tourist”. At least they stayed at a “AAA approved” motel. I see a late ’50’s Anglia (or Prefect) across the street with some sort of advertising.
    The 3rd pic, I believe is Michigan in the early ’60’s. The ’59 Plymouth and the ’55 Chevy both have ” Water Wonderland” plates. A ’61 Buick Special next to them. ’63 Chevy would be brand new.
    4th, maybe a filming of a “Beach Party” movie, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. ’62 Ford wagon looks the newest. I see a Corvair van, and what looks like a late ’50’s Opel wagon. Um, where exactly would you be making a left turn on the beach?
    Last pic, forget the hula-hoop, the doberman has a mean look on their face. I don’t remember cars of this vintage being mostly red like this. ( usually a white roof had a white hood.) The spotlight/rear view mirror, may indicate a new fire dept. car. Thanks for the memories.

    • Howard, re. the ’59 Ford wagon, there is another red one for sale over at Hemmings that is very similar although as you say, the one there has a white hood and roof. Search for 1792535 there to see it.

      I always found it odd that the ’59 Ford design won some kind of international award for styling. I never though they were particularly good-looking. The front end styling reminds me a lot of the ’58 Buick which was roundly criticized for its design. When I was a tyke of 3 or 4, Dad bought a ’59 Ford new, a 4-door sedan, black with a white roof. That’s about all I remember about it other than it was hit hard while parked at the curb in front of our house in 1960 and it and the car that hit it were impact-welded together.

    • That blue FORD in definitely a 1960 model as that was a one-year only body style. My dad always liked it, but I did not until I was well grown up. I guess it had to grow on me.

  6. Re the ’60 Ford hardtop, I am not sure if you would call production of nearly 40,000 rare – less common certainly. The hardtop style was only available as a Galaxie. Counting the lower price models there were about 360,000 pillared sedans built. More on a site called ‘theclassicford’.

    • My first car was a 1960 Ford Fairlane 500 two door sedan. It was equipped with the 223 CID six and the Fordomatic automatic transmission. About two months after getting my driver’s license I totaled the car on my way to work one evening. This did not make me very popular with my father. I ended up buying a ’61 Ford (for 75 dollars) and paying to have the engine and transmission from the wrecked car swapped into it. I drove the ’61 Ford through my senior year in high school; it wasn’t much of a car but it was better than no car at all. I always thought the front end of the 1960 Ford was sort of odd looking but now I think it looks, if not good, at least distinctive.

      • That grill came from a showcar, the name escapes me but “hawk” may be part of the name. When I was thirteen, the ’60 Ford and Stude Avanti had me distracted with lust!

        • The 1960 Ford was based on a design study called “Quicksilver” I believe. Unfortunately it lost a lot in translation to the existing Ford inner body/chassis.

  7. The ski area parking lot photo is most likely in Michigan based on the “Water Wonderland” green over white license plates on both the Plymouth and Chevy. Based on its popularity and the size of the parking lot I’d guess it to be at Boyne Mountain, Michigan

    • The tags are indeed Michigan 1962. The ’55 Chevy license plate has the 1963 tab in the upper right corner which would date this photo 1963. Ofcourse the ’63 Chevy confirms this!

      • The ‘TF’ license letters on the ’59 Plymouth indicate Sanilac county. The ‘JT’ on the ’55 indicate Kent (Grand Rapids) county.

  8. The winter scene looks very much like Caberfae ski area in Cadillac, Mi. As a kid in the 50’s and 60’s i’ve stood in that parking lot hundreds of times! Good memories………..

  9. As always, Kodachrome Fridays are always a pleasure. Allow me to share my thoughts:

    1) The first photo with the Impala convertible, and the second with the 60 Galaxie and the 62 Country Sedan have hubcaps, not wheel covers.

    2) The 59 Country Sedan has blackwalls. Why is it you never see a car from that era at car shows without huge whitewalls, always full wheel covers, and every single accessory that wasn’t sold when new (yes, I’m thinking Chevrolet tissue dispensers) pasted all over these cars?

    3) As to the 59’s bumper, it’s very possible that’s how it came from the factory. I have an original 76 Plymouth Volare Premier with a very poorly-fitted bumper. Also, there are no scratches in the bumper on the 59.

    4) As to the 59, notice it has Ventshades, a spotlight, but no outside mirror.

    5) The beach picture shows a 49 (maybe a 50) Country Squire.

    6) And, my usual lament, these cars came in colors. Unlike today, when it seems all the colors are white, black, silver and charcoal. (Silver and charcoal being combinations of black and white in varying degrees.) In an era when the ONLY interior colors are black, gray and tan, these colors are refreshing.

    And. as always, thank you for these photos. I always look forward to Friday.

    • I find it jarring to see ’61 Lincolns and ’57 and later Imperials with wide whitewalls. Narrower whitewalls were used starting in 1957 and by 1961 they were thin. I was acutely aware of this because we thought the nonavailability of wide ww recaps would ruin the looks of our ’53 New Yorker, but it actually wore the thinlines well.

    • I thnk that is true. They were petty good seatcovers which were more fun for a child to “pop” than bubble wrap packaging. The plastic had bubble-like indentation. When they became misshapen, it was hard to pop them out the other way without getting behind the cover!

    • Hi Graham, I saw that too. It appears to be a sticker, but can’t read what it says. The license plate is in the holder, and the same color as the bus. (looks like “14 – 34”.

  10. As for the ski area parking lot people today would wonder how they got there without having an all wheel SUV. Having grown up with only rear wheel drive cars in Colorado I have had a hard time adjusting to front drive cars and forget 4/all wheel drive.

  11. Wolfie Cohen also had “Wolfie’s” restaurants as well. The one he owned in Cocoa Beach, FL was well-known for having NASA’s astronauts as customers. In fact, a corn beef sandwich from there was secretly carried aloft by John Young on Gemini 3. At some point during their three orbits of the earth, he unpacked it and offered a surprised Virgil “Gus” Grissom (command pilot) a bite of the sandwich! Grissom was a big fan of Wolfie’s corn beef sandwiches. Young’s joke became an “incident” among NASA’s upper managers and some congressmen. “What if crumbs had floated into important equipment and caused a failure?, they asked indignantly. Eventually, the matter blew over and no one’s career suffered for it.

    • Hi David, I’m a huge Simpson’s fan and obviously, THAT’s where they got the idea for Homer smuggling a bag of chips onboard in his space adventure. ( when he opens the bag, chips fly everywhere, and Buzz Aldrin says, “Careful, they’ll clog the instruments”.) Thanks for the “tie-in”.

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