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Parking Lot Series in Kodachrome: Weir Cook Municipal Airport

Today’s feature image was taken at the Weir Cook Municipal Airport in Indianapolis, Indiana. Now known as the Indianapolis International Airport it was named the Indianapolis Municipal Airport when it opened in 1931 and renamed after Weir Cook, a World War I flying ace who died in 1943 while in action during World War II.

The parking lot in the photograph is in front of a new airport terminal named after Cook in when it opened in October of 1956. The latest automobile in the lot is a new 1957 model, and the oldest car appears to be a late-1930s sedan.

Another photo of interest is included at the bottom of the post that contains a rare view of a mid-1930s Dodge Texaco tank truck with styling similar to that used on the Chrysler and DeSoto Airflows. Tell us what you find of interest in these images courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society.

Mid-1930s Dodge Texaco tank truck below with styling similar that used on the Chrysler and DeSoto Airflows.

20 responses to “Parking Lot Series in Kodachrome: Weir Cook Municipal Airport

  1. Another in a great series of photographs. The aircraft is, I think, the Douglas DC-2 and is an excellent companion to the earth-bound Dodge; both are lovely examples of the style and technology of the time.

  2. I’d kind of like to show the first shot to all those people who say modern cars all look alike, while they used to be so distinctive.

      • More colorful and more distinctive IMO- I can tell each make , and, to me the real kicker, most of the model years, of the cars that can be made out in the photo, though I’m certainly no expert. But, again, just an opinion, and I appreciate the varied thoughts from commenters that I have enjoyed in this forum. I will admit that I’ve seen some shots of 1920’s parking lots where I had a lot less confidence in what was what parked there. Maybe it just comes down to the era we most enjoy or have interest in.

    • True and there were many people commenting about cars looking too much alike back in the 1950, as well as in other decades. Every generation of auto design had or had people feeling that way.

      A lot can also depend on when you grew up and/or what you “connect” with. I can much more easily tell cars apart from the 1960s through even today than cars from the 1950s or before (those before my time).

      • I live in Indy, so it’s neat to see this compared to what our airport is like today. Love all the Cadillacs, and there are plenty of station wagons and oddly, for the number of farming communities surrounding the city, even more prevalent then, only a couple of pick up trucks. I guess folks took the ‘ good car’ to town if they had one, and dressed up for a plane ride as well. Today pickups are almost as common as SUVs at the airport, or most places for that matter, around Indy.

  3. Parked on the right, next to the “SECTION A” sign, is a white over red 1955 NASH hardtop.

    Parked on the left, next to the “SECTION D” sign, is blue 1949 or ’50 NASH.

    • It depends on how you feel about Art Deco style of that era. I’ve always loved it. The first Airflows were unique for American autos.I feel they ruined the Airflow when reverted to more conventional front front end styling after a couple of years.

  4. Egads, teh 56 Chevy wagon has the same color scheme as the one my Dad bought. Putrid Puke I called it. The DC2/3 series was a big hit in the US and overseas. Nakajima made DC2’s in the 30’s and later a subsidiary, pushed by the Imperial Navy, obtained a license to build a number of them before the war (navy was planning to use them to invade Malaya!) Russia built them with their own licensed versions of PW engines and they became a workhorse of the Soviet Army. After the war, many of the Douglas engineers found work elsewhere in the LA area and contributed to the SoCal speed scene, among other things. My dad’s company had a division that modified them for more creature comfort and performance and I used to watch them take off from my back yard.

  5. I think the new car here is the black Ford , section E, the oldest car is a GM make, circa 1938-39, section B behind the 1953 Chevy.

  6. Think those “Airflow” Dodge tankers were about 1939 models, give or take a year. Only photos I’ve ever seen of them were as fuel tankers. Toy sized versions are popular collectibles today.

  7. I don’t have any pictures of the airport, I have a couple memories though… in 1972-3, I was about 10 years old. My parents were divorced, one in Indiana. As well the other in Florida. In those days you walked outside to get on/off the planes. Yes, even in the winter. Kind of dangerous at times. I remember leaving Tampa, FL it was about 75-80 degrees. Flying into Indianapolis, IN and it was about 25 with snow. About a foot of it! Just a memory of the airport, Weir Cook airport! Then before moving to Florida, grandpa owned a Texaco gas station. The tanker pictured above, came in every once in a while to his actual filling station. Another memory.

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