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Women and Classic Cars at a Pinehurst Country Club Men’s Polo Match

The Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, established in 1895 is located in the Sand Hills of North Carolina in Pinehurst and has been hosting prestigious golf tournaments since 1901. In addition to offering golfing on nine different courses today, the Resort also features the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance.

Today we travel back in time to 1930 and the first in a series of photographs of polo fans and their classic cars parked on the sidelines of a men’s polo match held at Pinehurst. In the lead image and the expandable version of it below is a grouping of women that attended the event.

On the left-hand side of the image is a 1930 Cadillac Series 353 convertible coupe with deluxe wire wheels and body by Fisher, and on the right-hand side is a 1929 Packard 640 convertible coupe. Tell us what you find of interest in the photo courtesy of the State Library of North Carolina.

39 responses to “Women and Classic Cars at a Pinehurst Country Club Men’s Polo Match

  1. The first think I noticed was the Connecticut plate on the Packard. Connecticut to North Carolina would have been a road trip, back then.

    And I like the way they pulled the seat cushions for outdoor use.

  2. I can’t quite make it out , but I don’t think the Packard has A factory radiator cap.
    Also looks like the mice were feasting on the photograph !!

  3. Somehow it had never occurred to me that removable seat cushions could have a practical use other than providing access to under-seat storage or mechanism.

  4. These women were our grandmothers, but you wouldn’t see my grandma at a country club. No sir. More like at the farmers market( she walked to) picking up beans. I’m sure these folks were affected little by what was going on around them. What depression? Are those the car seats they are sitting on?

  5. Well it looks like for the sake of comfort one of the vehicles gave up it’s rear seat . Do you suppose the conversation went something like, “Oh Darling, before the next chucker, do you mind ripping the rear seat out so the girls and I will be a little more comfy?”

  6. Was the Packard driven or shipped from Connecticut, it would have been a long ride in 1930. The ladies seem to be resting on or against leather seats from one of the vehicles. Fido seems to have found a potential snack. Finally, why did the woman on the right bite into a lemon, just prior to the photo?

    • Some cars were shipped on the train but lots were driven. I knew a family from Texas that drove their 30s Packard to Boulder CO where they had a cottage. They kept a 35 Ford in Colorado to use on the vacations.

  7. Classy cars and classy ladies. One of whom could have been my mother in 1930. We can thank the country club rich for all those great classic cars.

  8. If that were today they would be dressed in shorts and tank tops (at best). There was a sense of elegance that we have lost.

  9. This group of hoy-palloy, uppercrust-ettes seem a tad bit annoyed at the idea of being photographed. Wonder what is being whispered under the breath of Mrs. Kerry’s friend…quite possibly complaining about the blinding sheen bouncing off those store bought nylons from the trio hunched together next to her, who by the way, seem somewhat paranoid after being photographed while trying to pass a freshly rolled fatty…

  10. You will of course notice that a few of the women were wearing real ‘silk’ stockings! WWII stopped that bit of finery as most of our silk came from Japan. This led to the substitution of Nylon, but when the US joined the fray, all of that went to war production. After Dow went back to consumer use production, we actually had Nylon Riots, the biggest being about 40,000 women lined up for only 13,000 pairs of nylons! Dow had their hands full taking care of this and increasing tire production in those early post war years! Love the looks of those two cars, but wonder what traveling from Conn to NC in a rumble seat would have been like!

  11. I think the owners had more than one car… several for different occasions, and as for getting them north to south and vice /versa they were shipped by train or staff drove them. Meanwhile the owners trained down overnite … sort-of an early auto train of the 30’s. F. Scott Fitzgerald said it well… ” The Rich are very different from you or I !”.

  12. This photo was probably taken sometime from late fall through early spring. Even as late as the early 1960’s Pinehurst was pretty much dead in the summertime. No air conditioning made the hot muggy summers uncomfortable in those days. In those days Pinehurst was seasonal resort. Air conditioning changed all that . Nowadays it is a year round resort, but also finds itself a retirement destination.

  13. Great exposure and sharp focus as well as fine detail suggest that this was shot by a professional, likely with a 4×5-inch camera, and the spoiled are in the corner suggests a processing error. The black and gray tones are really good, and the contrast is right on.

    Dunno about North Carolina, but South Carolina, especially around Aiken, was big polo country. The Hitchcock family had a home there, and Thomas II was a champion player before WWI (he died flight-testing a P51 in England). Yes, there is an automotive connection. His son, Tommy III, was the first private entrant to race a Cobra, at Sebring in 1963. Later he took the car to Europe, and it was, I believe, the first Cobra to race there (Targa Florio, Nuerburgring, and in England). Today the car, CSX2155, is preserved in the Shelby American Museum here in Boulder, Colorado. It was featured in unrestored state in the 2008 book Shelby Cars in Detail. In the 1960s the Hitchcock family had a palatial old home in Duchess County, New York, and Tommy and his brother played host to one Timothy Leary and his adherents. They were the subjects of much concern by the local district attorney, whose name was G. Gordon Liddy!

    • Cadillac: The wheel spoke itself was stainless. The adjusting nut being chrome plated – At least on the original 1931 Cadillac we had. They were not an option in the accessory catalog, so my guess is stainless spokes were listed on some sort of order form for when you custom ordered cars (ie not a suited accessory for a dealer to install).

  14. Yes, Mr. Martin : you are right : “Hoi- Polloi” is/are: “The rest of us”. So: what am I looking at? Where is a Chauffeur for anyone , —anywhere —nearby? Can you identify the canine breed? Heintz? Polo Match? A “Proper” plated ends cane with leather strap seat with handles, a tri- posted, -tri-corner folding stool or a beach chair would be appropriate for Polo , as removing part of an expensive car’s rumble-seat cushion would be: “A job for the help”, as the heaviness of lifting a Model A Ford seat cushion would be nothing — compared to the weight of something like: Cadillac , Packard, or Lincoln ! As to the Non-Stock Radiator Cap: “Mascot” radiator caps were a “status symbol” accessory: The J.B. Nethercutt (San Sylmar) Sy;lmar, Ca,., – Automotive Museum has a very complete Collection of ” Radiator Mascot” Caps — popular in the Teens , Twenties , Thirties. , some of which are from Tiffany’s Jewelers ! What if : These were neighborhood girls, who brought their own cushion and a 620 Kodak Brownie Box Camera??? Great shot , —however you slice it! Edwin W.

  15. Comments about the seat cushions reminded me of the famous New Yorker magazine cartoon ( I think it was by Peter Arno ) showing a young couple at a police station, rumble seat cushion in hand, the young man saying “Someone stole our car”.

  16. Love the casualness of these ladies! About the use of seat cushions as “field seating”; I had a wonderful Volvo 544 back in the early 60’s that I would slide the front bucket seats out of and place against the front bumper for spectating at events and picnics. It was more comfortable than the ground and my lady at the time seemed to appreciate it!

    • All 4 seats in a Citroen 2CV could easily be removed and set out for a picnic. or to view a sporting event. They weren’t cushioned, but a heck of a lot more comfortable than sitting on the ground!

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