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Intriguing Scenes of Fifties Cars Parked in Boston, Massachusetts

Thankfully photographic history of the automobile in the City of Boston has been well preserved by both the Boston Public Library and the MIT Library. Today two images of parking lots in “Beantown” show you more unique views of cars in the City. The lead photograph and the enlargement of it below show a comprehensive view of the average cars in use at the time. As is usual in the fifties only one import is seen in this view of “American Iron.”

Forties and Fifties Cars in a Boston Parking Lot

The second photo below shows one of the many temporary parking lots that sprung up during the fifties and sixties after the demolition of older structures during redevelopment. One again this is an opportunity to check out cars and trucks in use at the time, and several imports can be seen parked in this lot. View the remarkable changes to the Franklin and Federal Street intersection in a recent street view.

1950s Parking Lot on Downtown Boston


14 responses to “Intriguing Scenes of Fifties Cars Parked in Boston, Massachusetts

  1. The compact car between the Bel Air convertible and the Pontiac looks like a Morris Minor MM 2 door saloon. Looks kinda out of place in a parking lot full of Detroit iron.

  2. First pic – nice Desoto up front with Firedome badging. Always a sucker for GM fleetlines, and two Studebakers bracketing the lot. I guess the execs had the spots closest to the building, hence the only two Cadillacs. Is that a Conestoga wagon in the middle?

  3. Interesting that of the 28 cars in the first lot,

    13 are GM products, 8 are Chrysler, 4 are Ford, 2 are Studebaker, and 1 is the Morris Minor. Not the sort of natural distribution you’d expect.

  4. I notice in the pictures that you see very few convertibles. When I was a kid in the fifties you used to see convertibles everywhere. We lived in the Houston area and they were common place.

  5. Pix taken in Boston snow country convertibles only good for summer ant tops did not like snow and ice. Where all the K F cars? On way to Japan to come back in a few years.

  6. To me, the most stand-out vehicle in the second picture is what I’m nearly certain* to be a 1940 Buick Super sedan covered with dried road splash. This is the way I remember cars in the dead of a Midwestern winter, weighed down with the muck and mud of unpaved roads.

    *I’m not 100% certain, ’cause the images of this model in the ’40 Buick brochure don’t show exposed hinges at the back of the rear doors, as indicated in the picture. Everything else seems to match, so perhaps the brochures were doctored, or maybe there was a running change sometime during the model year.

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