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Al Jolson with a Cadillac Touring Car in San Francisco

Today’s lead photo colorized by Imbued With Hues shows, famous actor, singer and comedian Al Jolson in San Francisco, CA with a 1926 to ’27 Cadillac Model 314 touring car equipped with a second windshield for the rear seat passengers. This new model with body by Fisher is powered by a recently developed 314 c.i. 90-degree V-8 engine backed up by a three-speed transmission in a 132-inch long wheelbase chassis with mechanical brakes.

The enlargeable image below shows Jolson and the car in detail.

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The 1927 LaSalle five-passenger “Family Sedan” with body by Fisher below is in a setting in complete contrast to the lead photo – in front of a Kelly Springfield tire shop being fitted with a set of tire chains. The newly introduced car was styled by Harley J. Earl and this one is on the shorter 125-inch long wheelbase chassis equipped with mechanical brakes. This stylish car featured a new 303 c.i. L-head 90-degree V-8 engine, and three-speed transmission. The chassis was basically a scaled down version of the Cadillac.

Learn all about the new offering at The Harley J. Earl Story Part IV – The Attractive New LaSalle and at Amazing Performance: 1927 LaSalle Runs 951 Miles at 95.2 MPH.

View more of Patty Allison’s fine work at Imbued with Hues and here on The Old Motor.

1927 LaSalle Club Sedan styled by Harley Earl

18 responses to “Al Jolson with a Cadillac Touring Car in San Francisco

    • I think The Jolson pic was talen around Union Square on Powell
      Street. With Cable Cars Tracks – In front of St.Francis Hotel?
      Usually ,abundant cast iron posts appeared on front of special buildings.
      Native SFer: Robert Pease

  1. Enjoy her work. Gives us a view of what these folks saw. Contrary to belief, they had colors in the 30’s. Must be a lot of work to get colors accurate. The license plates, the “Bell Telephone” sign. The guy “hanging iron” doesn’t look too happy( and why put chains on with dry roads?) What’s more interesting, is behind him, looks like a Ford AA wrecker, but appears to have an early “rolloff” bed.

  2. I think Mr Jolson’s 314 is a 1927 model. It has the square edged radiator shell, the larger headlamps and the ‘Herald’ radiator cap mascot. I owned both 1926’s and 1927’s a very long time ago.

  3. I think the Jolson photo is a publicity shot. The engine is cold like it’s been parked there for a while because the shutters are closed, but nobody leaves an open car with the top down in San Fran for a long period.

  4. An ever-so thin veneer of asphalt over brick gives us an idea of the ‘feel’ of the road when the photograph of Jolson was taken. Reminds me, too, of how photos were literally ‘taken’ then, too; nothing was spur-of-the-moment; the camera was cumbersome at best, and the photographs (as you all know) had to be staged for the most part. Spontaneous it wasn’t.

    The colorizing of these photos is odd since we are not used to seeing old photos in this way, but also quite wonderful, for the same reason.

  5. Manhole covers are typically very heavy , to support vehicle load. A typical alloy& its process is: MEEHANITE Alloy Cast Iron which has superior strength compared to “OLD STYLE” cast iron. A Foundry that I remember — was in Pasadena, CA,: Hoppings Foundry — was a very large supplier for Manhole covers and Watergate Covers, (which are much smaller in size). Hoppings also made: “ADAPTER RINGS”: a stepped ring that could be added to the area of the hole — so that: When asphalt re-paving took place that added an inch or two inches — AROUND the Manhole or Watergate cover the appropriate ring is added to make the cover at the same height! — to prevent “INSTANT CHUCKHOLES “AT EVERY COVER!!! It is the mark of an EL-CHEAPO paving job to have one to three inch “permanent chuck-holes” at each cover!!! A good quality re-pavement doesn’t just add ONE MORE THIN asphalt coat. It is all dug up and made into re-cycled asphalt at the correct height to the original covers. Any class act paving company quotes INCLUDE — however many Adapter Rings are required — to make everything level. Perhaps Hoppings is still in Business (?) That was in 1962 when I had a small job for them. Edwin W.

    • Robert, I think you’re right – it’s certainly Powell Street looking north, though because of the time of the photo I don’t recognise any of the buildings on any side of the street, except that the closest building could very well be the St. Francis.

      Regarding the manhole cover discussion, I seem to recall that some of the covers in S.F. when I lived there had a brown tint to them. Of course they had been there for many years.

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