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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 209

Due to time constraints this week today’s Friday Kodachrome Photograph Series feature is a rerun of Number 101 dated

We begin with a photograph of a young man striking a pose that looks somewhat like the sculpture “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin. The other possibly, judging by the appearance of the Studebaker is that he was bored to death on a long trip and having to wait for the picture to be taken. What are your thoughts about him and the car?

As is the usual practice in this series, we ask our readers to tell us the year, make, and model of all of these vehicles along with anything else of interest in the photos. You can look back on all the earlier parts of this series here. The photos are via This Was Americar.

  • This postwar semi-custom Ford coupe has been nosed, and wears a set of spun aluminum Moon discs.

  • An early-1950s street scene  in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Tell us what you think is mounted on the rear door of the green GM sedan on the far-left of the photo. 

  • And finally, this early-1940s Ford Motor Company product on a rural road is experiencing road conditions much like we are here during our annual “Mud Season.”


45 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 209

  1. Brown shoes and belt, sox match shirt, blue pants against a filthy car, maybe thinking “why did I wear blue pants?” My uncle used a Studebaker Starlight as a commuter car in the late fifties. The fit and finish on the Ford coupe tell me that this was adult built. Let’s have an Old Reading at the American Legion and then walk back to my 1953 Buick Riviera hard top parked behind the car with a child’s pin wheel hanging out. Be advised that North Western Pennsylvania has mud season and it is in full bloom. Two wheel drive, some advice “don’t stop.”

  2. The last photo is a 1941 Mercury and it was recently featured on the cover of the V8 Times. The Early Ford V8 Club’s bi-monthly magazine.

    • John, I agree with you. as soon as I saw it, although here in Canada we called a wind-mill! well done John

  3. David,

    Good luck with correcting your computer problems.

    In the lead photograph is a 1950 STUDEBAKER Champion Starlight Coupé.


  4. In the 3rd photograph [2nd expandable picture], center foreground, is a maroon 1950 BUICK Jetback Sedanet, might be a Special.

    In the same picture, parked on the street, is a two-tone 1953 BUICK Super Riviera.

    • In the parking lot, beyond the trunk of the two-tone 1953 BUICK Super Riviera parked on the street, is a black 1948 or ’49 PACKARD Custom.

  5. In the third picture I believe you are seeing a child’s hand holding a whirly-gig. Mom will fan his bottom if she catches his arm hanging out that window. Zeke

  6. I can’t recall what the term “nosed” means. It must be visible on the photo of the Ford in the second photo even though the front of the car is hidden to call it out?

    • Hi FXLEW, when he hood is ”nosed”, it’s the term that refers to the shape of the hood that has been changed from factory, usually lowered/sectioned or un-peaked..

    • INTHWEEDZ, “nosed” means removal or ornaments and emblems from the car’s hood. The comparable term for doing similar to the trunk lid is “decked.” The term “shaved” usually meant removal of door handles (often replaced with push buttons). I’m not aware of any particular term for the sectioning or “un-peaking” of the hood you referred to, though it was frequently done.
      There are any number of message boards and forums* where this is described and discussed, in particular in the Kustomrama site, where the subject arose about ten years ago.
      *The correct Latin “fora” is rarely used outside of discussions of Roman architecture.

  7. In the third photo, the green `47-`48 Chevy sedan–would that be a kid’s pinwheel attached to the door? Can’t imagine what else it might be. The second photo of the tan `50 Ford coupe looks like it may have been taken around `59 or `60 maybe? I say that, due to the whitewalls, which appear to be about the size used in those years. Spun moon discs were the rage then with kids. As clean & rust-free as it is, I’m guessing that `50 was a west coast car. No way it would be that clean in the rust belt midwest!
    Bill’s right; the clan hauling the trailer with their `41 Mercury coupe had better keep rolling or get bogged down in the muck!

    • The ’50 Ford Coupe in the second picture is not rust free! The rocker panel under the leading edge of the driver’s door has a hole close to a foot long, a common occurence in Ford cars in the 50’s.

      • A common enough occurrence in nearly all cars, through the seventies at least. I grew up on the southern fringe of the snow and ice belt (northwestern Kentucky) and when I was a child it was rare to see a car three or years old that didn’t have at least surface rust. It was not uncommon for cars to rust to the point where they were no longer safe to drive. I can remember “fixing” rusted out floor pans by tack welding some sheet metal over the hole, at least then you didn’t have to worry about you foot going through the mat to the ground.

  8. Good morning. Glad to see you still have SOME functionality.

    As for what is mounted to the green sedan – i see a baby bonnet inside the window, and the little miscreant (mistercreant?) is holding a red something-or-other out the window.

    Thanks again for brightening my mornings!

  9. Hmm, I don’t remember this one and with only 2 comments, was clearly before OM made it big. The Studebaker seems to have an early 50’s Minnesota plate, and he’s not in Minnesota anymore. The car, only a few years old, looks much older, as most roads out west were gravel. A young man seeking fame in Hollywood perhaps?
    That shoebox Ford looks as good today as it did in the early 50’s. 3rd pic, sure were a lot of 2 doors. I think a kid in the back seat is holding a red pin-wheel. Last, probably CCC workers on expedition. And today, we use modern AWD cars to drive down 6 lane interstates. Go figure?

    • Hi Howard, sharp eye catching the Minnesota plate with “10000 Lakes” at the top! The use of “10000 Lakes” at the top began with the 1950 plate and has appeared somewhere on the plates ever since.
      Postwar and prior to 1955, the characters on the Minnesota plates were all numbers (as is seen in the ’50 Studebaker photo)…and the only plates with light numbers on a dark background were the 1950 and 1953 plates, so I suggest this plate is a ’53.
      Also, the young guy is wearing pleated trousers, and they were still somewhat fashionable for young men in ’53…but not much later, until the early ‘70s.

    • You would have the US CAFE standards to thank for your final conundrum. Generally speaking, a CUV/SUV would be classified as a passenger car if it has 2WD or a light truck if it has AWD. The fuel economy standards for light trucks are lower than those for passenger cars of a similar size. That’s also why you see so few station wagons since they are classified as passenger cars.

  10. In the lead photo, a ’50 Champion Starlight coupe (no fender-top chrome accents vs a Commander)

    In Item 1 of 3, that would be a ’50 Custom Deluxe with the chrome rear window reveal.

    In Item 2 of 3, up front I believe is a ’50 Buick Jetback Sedanet…a Super or a Special, if it has a split windshield. Ahead, the Pontiac would be a ‘51 or ’52 with the red-filled emblem on the rear quarter panel, but a ’52 with the round disc in the winged trunk lid emblem. The Ford sedan in the distance is probably a ’52 with its larger turn signal bezel directly under the headlight (vs a ’54’s smaller bezel encompassed in the wider grille)).
    A ’47 or ’48 Chevy Fleetmaster sedan (chrome drip rail vs a Stylemaster), a ’53 Buick Special Riviera (no chrome strip on rear quarter vs a Super). The Olds appears to be a ’51 (no center grille tooth vs a ’52). There seems to be a black ’48-’50 Packard Custom or Super 8 sedan in the lot

  11. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania photo was taken just before the intersection of North Christian Street and East Chestnut Street. The American Legion building was at 214 North Duke, and the building is still there. If you use Google Maps to travel down Christian Street where you can still see the Legion building with all of the windows matching up, the white band, and where the large outside advertisement used to be.

    Most of the rest of what is shown in the photo is long gone with the exception of the gray building with the short tower. This building is still there, but it is now red brick.

    Two of the signs above the parking lot at the left are for Diffenbaugh Flowers at 216-218 N. Duke and the John H. Peifer, Jr. Insurance Service at 220A N. Duke.

  12. Nothing is mounted on the door, to me there seems to be a child in the back seat of the car who has a pin wheel fan toy on a stick and is playing with it out the window.

    If I am right someone else might have a better name for the toy.

  13. These are examples of what real world daily drivers really looked like. So many modern made period movies featuring early cars use perfect condition and spotless clean . Not really correct for blue collar daily driven vehicles. Thanks for yet another week of great snapshots of times long gone. I’m already looking forward to Monday’s offerings.

  14. My thoughts on him and the car,you ask?
    Though I wasn’t around when that photo was taken,I DO know that life wasn’t as complicated back then,gas was way cheaper,cars were easy to fix,decent beer didn’t cost an arm and an ass, Google wasn’t tracking every step you took,
    and Merle Haggard said that the average ex-con had more rights and freedom back then than the average American does now.
    Thems my thoughts

  15. The red device is a Whirlygig or pinwheel. Put there to amuse kids in the back seat (yes, there was a time when kids didn’t have back seat DVDs to watch or have their noses glued to call phones or tablets).

    I remember an airplane you that clipped to the lowered window.
    In fact, I have a vague recollection of an advanced version of that where not only did the propeller turn on the slipstream, but there were control sticks so a kid could “fly”…bank and climb/dive… it from the back seat.

  16. The picture of the shoebox Ford brought back fond memories of how excited I was the day my J.C. Whitney order arrived containing the “Moon discs” for my ’53 Ford convertible!

  17. I remember riding in a Studebaker (Picture 1) just like this one only maroon from New Jersey to Florida when I was bout 6 or 7, maybe 8. So it was probably a ’50. It could have been a ’49 or ’51 if those models were comparable to the ’50. Not that familiar with cars from the late ’40’s to early 50’s.

  18. No comments on the over abundance of GM products in Lancaster? We’ve got a Chevy, a Buick, an Olsmobile, another Buick, and a Pontiac. Way over on the far curb there is a Ford, and over the trunk of the first Buick there is a Packard and a blue Chrysler product coupe.

  19. Forgot to add, those blue pants were pretty common dress in factories and gas stations where the employer provided “uniforms”. Wore a lot of those blue pants working in gas stations in the ’50’s!

  20. My dad had a Studebaker like that and kindly loaned it to me to commute to and from my summer job while in college. I drove the heck out of it and found out that the engine could not be over-revved. Took me a while to understand that the tiny carburetor limited air intake, functioning as a rev limiter.

  21. I’m going to speculate that the Study broke down in the desert heat and the young man’s gf took a picture of him with his well-worn 1950 Studebaker Champion Starlight coupe, decked out in Maui Blue. Now what to do with no cell phone?!?!?

  22. That first photo is great! A Richard Gere lookalike with super-stylish-even-for-2019 brown shoes and belt and crisp, clean, blue pants standing in front of a great looking blue Studebaker that’s all muddy sitting on the side of the highway with a blue sky in the background. I don’t even like to have my new vehicles being that dirty let alone my old vehicles. Of course, it wasn’t an old car back then, it was just a car, albeit a very, very cool car. I would get the shivers if I had a Studebaker that nice now and it was that muddy. Are the bumpers also blue under the mud or is that just a reflection?

    A college thesis or a whole book or movie could be written on that photo alone, there’s so much going on there.

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