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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

Number One-Hundred and Twenty-Five of the Kodachrome Image Series begins this week with a colorful photo of a two-tone yellow and blue 1950s Hudson. The image appears to have been taken at the home or business location of someone in a small town in Maine who may have repaired Hudson cars or possibly bought and sold them. This car is equipped with a number of accessories, and the young man standing next to the vehicle is decked out in either his Sunday’s best or a car sales outfit.

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 green Buick four-door hardtop looks like its been around for a while, note the dent in the grille guard.

  • 1950s Chevrolet, Nash, Ford, and Plymouth cars in a parking at an unknown location in the Southwest? 

  • “Jumpin” Jack had both sides of the fast food equation covered here, can anyone tell us the location? 

47 responses to “Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

  1. Great photographs !!!

    In the lead picture is a two-tone 1954 HUDSON with a few more, but older, step-down HUDSONS cars in the background.

    In the 2nd picture is a mono-tone 1955 BUICK Century.

    In the 3rd picture , center, is a two-tone, two-door, 1949 or ’50 NASH.

    In the 4th picture, center foreground, is a blue four-door 1960 FORD.

    Again great pictures !!!

    • In the 4th photograph, on the far left [in same row as the above mentioned blue ’60 FORD], is a hardtop, white over tan, 1962 BUICK Skylark. Might be an early vinyl covered roof.

  2. Actually, it looks like the Hudson in the lead photo might have a three-tone paint job. Isn’t the roof white behind the blue strip at the front?

    I did a little internet searching, and couldn’t find a ’54 with three paint colors, though Hudson had a three-tone option in ’55. Could this be a custom paint job by a dealer?

  3. In the top photo with the `54 Hudson, I see the `50-`53 models on the right in the background, but what intrigues me is the brown sedan on it’s side on the left; wish I knew the story on that one!
    The bottom image I have seen before, and I believe it was taken about 1964 or `65. I spot a `64 Fury cvt. in the pack, and I think a `65 Impala hardtop back by a tree in the distance. Lots of late 50s-early 60s iron tells me this was the place the kids hung out in, and I don’t blame em! I see a `61 Impala 4dr. hardtop pulling out of a spot I wouldn’t mind owning.

  4. When “flat tops” were cool, daddyo.( are those “Wing Tip shoes?) I’d like to have seen more of this Hudson. Dual spots ( even though, the right one looks burned out) possibly with rear view mirrors on the backs. A ’53, I think, but I can’t find any with that paint scheme.
    And the Buick, This young man seems pretty smug. He obviously knows why they call this car a “Century”. ( I think it’s his dad’s)
    Rest stop, Anywhere, (out west) USA. What a surprise, the older couple is getting into the Nash. Looks pretty spiffy compared to the other “Big 3”. I’m sure there was at least one car, in the back, overheating.
    Lastly, Jumpin’ Jack’s seems to be,,,jumpin’. Couple Bugs, a Volvo 544, another small car up front, the Vette, backed ‘er in, of course, and judging by the attire, must have been some sort of “doin’s”. Apparently, Jumpin’ Jack’s Charcoal Pit was/is in Scotia, NY.
    Funny story, once, while travelling through Florida, ( I think) we saw a sign for a “Charcoal Pit” restaurant. Mmm, maybe a nice steak,,well, when we got to the location, the place was burned to the ground. It was a charcoal pit, all right.

    • How bout that charcoal pit!! I worked in a service dept. when a customer’s car caught on fire. (“Hot wrench” A.K.A. cutting torch too close to a fuel line) The customer came in at the end of the day and asked, “Is my car done?” The manager was fired for saying, “Yes sir, well done!”

      • I always hated it when a car came in for a fuel pump change. I had no problem myself because I was extremely careful, but there were others who didn’t share my concerns and we had the occasional fire. At least the damages were minimal as we had the means to get the fire under control. We did have an occasion when a guy came in for an ’emergency’ fuel pump change. We were booked solid for most of the day so they went to a single bay tuneup shop across the highway. Next thing we knew a general fire alarm went off. It wasn’t a faulty fuel pump but a plugged line. They pressurized the tank with air and blew the obstruction out of the line, along with a large amount of gas. Something ignited it and the shop was engulfed. The entire complex was a charcoal pit in a short time. The customer and his son bought bus tickets to get home….

    • Jumpin Jack’s IS Still in Scotia NY Still open June-August back in the 50’s and 60’s they had ski shows (they are on the banks of the Mohawk River.

  5. Jumpin Jacks still in business…same location on the Mohawk River in Scotia NY…still packing em in after all these years

  6. More stunning photo memories this week! Looking at “Jumping Jacks” back in the day almost looks like a modern classic car show of today! Oh to go back in time …

  7. It appears there is a copper colored sedan with a white top resting on it’s side to the left rear of the photo? Are those cars behind the subject Hudson in a salvage yard?

  8. At Jumping Jack’s I see eight convertibles. The picture above that shows a dirty example of the last year V8 flathead Ford. (took my driver’s test in one) Never thought of putting those colors together on the Hudson.

  9. I believe the first pic is a 1954 Hudson Hornet convertible, quite rare . did a Google search, Barrett-Jackson just sold one for $84600. Nice.

    Looks like if they can’t fix’em, they just roll them down the hill!

    Really, really look forward to Fridays because of your post. Thank you!!!!

  10. I am surprised that no one has mentioned that the Hudson in the first photo is a convertible. I do like the outsize bumper over-riders and the American Legion plaque. I know Hudson was not an orphan quite yet but the handwriting was on the wall so I assume this guy was stockpiling!

  11. Per their website, “The Charcoal Pit was replaced with a much larger building in 1964”. Wonder if they ever litigated rights to their name with Jack in the Box, as they both started up around the same time…

  12. I’m trying to figure out what the tram-like contraption is in the background of the western photo. Best I can guess is that it’s an abandoned mine that used the tram to transport minerals. Anyone else?

  13. The Hudson convertible may have originally been blue, and the yellow was added later – as suggested by the imperfect masking of the side script.

  14. In the ‘western’ pic that Nick refers too, I’ll take a shot.
    Assuming you’re talking abut the stuff above the cars,
    if you would blow up the pic, you’ll see that there is a guy
    working up there. It appears that he is washing the
    windows (long-handled brush) and the other stuff is
    his gear. There is also a rectangular mesh container
    of some kind behind him that appears to be suspended
    on a series of wires? Think the highway is up there and
    maybe that’s a pull-off for a scenic overlook.
    that’s in the r

  15. Just a note about the ’55 Buick.
    The Eagles had a big hit back in the ’70s with the song 0l’ 55 which was written by Tom Waits.
    A lot of folks guessed it was probably about a Chev’ but Tom explained in an interview that when he was a youngster working the late shift at a pizza place in San Diego he drove a ’55 Buick and used to call on a girlfriend after work, hence the story.
    My preference has always been for the orphans, so the two-tone Hudson and the bathtub Nash are my cars of the week.

  16. In the first picture, that Hudson on the side makes me wonder if it might have been placed there to demo the step-down construction – but Hudson had better, if less dramatic ways to do that.

    I agree, it’s hard to tell if this is a dealership or a guy with a thing for Hudsons. That garage could either be freestanding or the entranceway to a larger dealership building – A wooden building in traditional style wouldn’t have been out of the question in Maine, but I lean to this being this guys house. The way the mix of cars is closely lined up on the right feels more like a collection than either used cars on a lot, or cars in for service.

  17. Jumpin Jack’s is located just across the river from GE main plant in Schenectady. Those were prosperous times at GE. The hourly workforce ( and younger engineers) typically didn’t drive out for lunch since they had to park in the outer parking lots and take the bus into the plant. Only senior engineers and managers could park inside the plant. That helps explain all the nice cars and well-dressed patrons.
    Collins Park is in the background

  18. 4th photo, the row in front of the ’60 Ford and just to the left is a Burgundy ’64 Ford Fairlane 4 door. In the front row on the right a ’59 Ford convertible.

    • My High School buddy was tasked with selecting a new car for his librarian mom and he was going to choose a 64 Impala with a 409, but that was ruled out. In the interest of image, he selected a cream colored 64 Fairlane 4-door, and in the interest of teenage angst, convinced his somewhat elderly parents that she needed a HiPo 289 (271 Hp, Cobra valve covers and air cleaner) with a 4-speed and limited diff coupled with the performance suspension, etc. She drove that car for over 100,000 miles before the engine blew one fine morning. Needless to say, we used it whenever we could to surprise a good number of GTO’s and Mustangs on our nearby cruising strip!

  19. Here is my website which includes about 30 TOC bikes I’ve restored mostly from basket cases and afew made up from parts from same or similar models. The site is in the process of updating so please disregard much of the copy. I’d appreciate comments and or suggestions.

  20. Jumping Jacks is in Scotia, NY on the bank of the Mohawk River. Still there.

    I’m also curious about the Hudson photo – there appears to be a car on its side off to the left.

  21. I owned two ’51 Hudson Commodores concurrently about 15 years ago. One was pristine, the other a parts car which my mechanic friend thought to cut down into a pickup ( Hudson factory had one modified that way, used at their factory for parts expediting, etc.) But we never got to that point- the unit body construction would have been a formidable obstacle and he lost his business, so the project never went anywhere. I have always understood that the broad panel above the convertibles’ windshield – unique to Hudsons – was to somewhat offset the lessened body rigidity caused by cutting off the rest of the roof.

  22. Note: You said: “Note the dent in the grille guard” I say: You shoulda seen th’ other guy! Do not mess with old Buicks!!! They will “dis-assemble” “remove” or: Smite-heavily —what-ever it is — that you are driving ! When you see a “dent ” on a Buick —you know that someone left part of their car —right there on the pavement! Edwin W.

  23. The ’55 Buick is a Century model. Same body as the Special, but the larger engine (and 4 ventiports) that came in the Super and Roadmaster.

  24. My first Hudson Memory was a Good one!: A ’39 Deluxe Four Door Black Sedan, owned by our family General Practioner M.D. (This was at a time when Doctors made house calls(!) He, (they) came over to examine my broken leg. The Nurse, 6 feet tall — (with: white – starched nurse’s hat and whiter uniform , stockings & footware — was always his Chauffer! (He only rode his saddle horse!) The Doctor always rode in the back seat — and he and his Chauffer would arrive — and she would also perform: exit & re – entry “door duties” for him . He was 82 at that time . A sight to see , him, exiting the Hudson with his formal -dark Dr’s “outfit” , his Chauffer (now, Nurse ) , knocking on the door to heal our family. IT was the “Sound ” — though, — that stuck in my young Mechanic’s mind; Because: You could hear every tappet clacking — 1/2 of a city block away! Apparently, the older Hudsons could provide service —even if their “Adjustable Tappets” were never, ever adjusted , for 15 years !!! Circa: 1955 I worked on Hudsons , —and they always impressed me — positively ! Edwin W.

  25. Noticed the red Volvo 544 ( or possibly earlier 444) which were just starting to be making themselves known in the North American market at this time.

  26. Found this on Jumpin’ Jack’s — a real “survivor”

    Jumpin Jack’s was built in 1952 by Jack Brennan. Originally he had just built the Ice cream building which he called “Twin Freeze” because of the two soft ice cream machines that he had purchased.A few short years later after becoming successful with the ice cream business he decided to expand upon that and the original “Charcoal Pit” was added in 1957. Also around the same time Jack had a train ride built and it rode on an oval track than ran along the bridge side of the parking lot. The train was in service until around 1971 when construction began on the new Western Gateway bridge

    The Charcoal Pit was replaced with a much larger building in 1964, that included a roof that extends beyond the building to keep the customers out of the elements while ordering a meal. Also the warehouse was moved into place in 1965, originally it was behind what is now Trustco Bank. An addition to the warehouse was made in 1970 that added another bay. The warehouse uses the original sign that used to be on top of the large road sign.

    In 1976 Jack retired and sold the business to the current owner Mark Lansing who at the time was then general manager of jj’s.

  27. In the first picture of the Hudson, there appears to be some red/white object behind the grille on the passenger side of the car. Wonder what it is?

  28. In photo #3, the brown Nash is sporting a New Mexico license plate. The plate has a “16” prefix which would indicate the county where it was registered. New Mexico had 32 counties. A plate with a “1” would indicate Santa Fe county and a “2” would indicate Bernalillo county (Albuquerque). You could always spot the out of town cars.

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