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1930s and 1940s Cars Fill A Parking Lot In Philadelphia

This scene photographed either just before or after World War II in Philadelphia is a dream come true for those that enjoy 1930s and 1940s Automobiles. The oldest cars in this parking lot view appear to date back to 1932 and the newest possibly as late as 1942.

Philadelphia, like many other big cities, has a large influx of workers from both the suburbs and across the Delaware River in New Jersey who commute five days of the week to their jobs in the city. Tell us what you find of interest in this photograph, and if you enjoy viewing cars in parking lots follow this link to many more images of them. The image is courtesy of PhillyHistory.

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17 responses to “1930s and 1940s Cars Fill A Parking Lot In Philadelphia

    • In the foreground on the right, in the parking lot, is a 1942 NASH Ambassador Sedan flanked by a 1941 LINCOLN Zephyr Club Coupé and a 1940 LINCOLN Zephyr Sedan.

    • Parked on the street, on the far left, near the nearest street light, is what appears to be a trunk-back 1935 PACKARD 120 with a luggage rack.

  1. What a delicious collection of beautiful cars. Too bad it’s not in color. I see a 1932 Chevrolet sedan, a 1933/34 Plymouth coupe and a couple mid 30s cars. Also a 1942 Chrysler, front left, and either
    a 1942 or a 1946 Lincoln near front right,; also a 1942 Chevrolet mid-pack. I’d love to have that 39/40 Lincoln Zepher coupe, or even the sedan, front left. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  2. There’s a 1941 Mercury ragtop facing the guard shack , four cars beyond the shack, on the outside row of the parking lot. It appears to be behind a 1937 or ’38 Dodge coupe.

  3. On the far right, parked on the street, is a 1933 Buick. Doesn’t look very big in comparison to others nearby so probably the smaller Series 50. I guess not common even then as they only built a little over 4,000 of this model.

  4. Great photo. Each one of those cars has a story. Even with the attrition rate over the past 75 years, I’ll bet a few of them in that picture are still around today.

    Motorcycles appear to be completely absent from most of the street and parking lot photos we’ve seen here. I wonder if they were actually less common back then than they are now.

    Maybe motorcycles were thought of as being mostly for utilitarian use such as by the police, and were just a frivolous luxury for your average wage earner.

    Seems like they would have been an economical way to get around for people who couldn’t afford a car.

    It could just be coincidental; there were actually plenty of motorcycles in use in the old days but they’re not showing up in these photos on TOM.

    • These people were office workers or sales people. Riding a motorcycle was messy business back then.
      Can’t have oil on your Florsheims. :o)

  5. That reminds me, I have to scrape some money together to buy a 1908-10 parking lot photo with about double the cars. Bob

  6. A feast for the eyes. To my senior view, I believe probably there are more comfortable seats in that parking lot than you could find anywhere today.

  7. As I was thinking yesterday morning , before anyone had commented, that you were right about ’42 being the last year…I could not find a post war car and neither has anyone else

  8. That 1941 Merc convertible does have my interest, however on the left side of photo is the best of the lot in my humble opinion, the 33-34 Ford 3 window coupe. Really enjoy these parking lot photos.

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