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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Car Kodachrome Photographs

Number One-Hundred and Fifty-Six of the Kodachrome Car Photograph Series begins this week with an image of a Corvette and driver leaving the starting line at a competitive car event. Share with us what you know about the Corvette, what type of competition this is, and in what state it took place.

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 at all the earlier parts of this series here. The images are via This Was Americar.

  • This pair of images contains a number of interesting vehicles and an aircraft carrier. Share with us the location, the name of the warship, and what you find of interest in the parking lot.

  • And finally, below is a picture taken at a Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealership. Share with us the location, the name of the sales agency and what you find of interest in this photograph containing a Ford Falcon.


49 responses to “Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Car Kodachrome Photographs

  1. In the 2nd picture, 2nd car back on the left, is a 1954 SRUDEBAKER Commander Regal Starlight Coupé.

    In the same photograph, the captain of the aircraft carrier appears to not have read the sigh ‘NO SMOKING.”

  2. The last photo is the same dealer as the `59 red/white/blue Galaxie coupe from a couple weeks back; I recognize the Stude-Packard dealer across the street. Except, instead of `59 again, this one was showing an oddball-painted `61 Falcon 2dr. as it’s attention-getter with the sign. (Red & Green, seriously?) I spot the corner of a `60 Fairlane sedan in the lower left.
    Third photo, just beyond the turquoise `55 Belvedere sedan I see the rear fin of a `59 Buick, possibly giving us a date the photo was snapped, since it’s the newest I see parked on that lot.

  3. 2nd photo shows an orange Fiat Jolly next to the Studebaker, probably the first year of production. These things are rare and currently command high prices @ auction (40k-100k). Notice the wicker seating.

  4. First picture – very stylish officers on board, driving a Studebaker Starliner and a (60?) Tbird convertible, along with a Fiat Jolly?

  5. Falcon photo shows a portion of a Packard dealership on the left margin. Judging by the cars on the street this was taken in 1958 which was the last year of Packard production.

  6. 1st pic, apparently Acme Markets is an Ohio based chain, not sure of the location, but the event is surely a parking lot gymkana. We had those in Milwaukee into the 70’s. Stores were usually closed on Sundays, and clubs would set up timed events over a course laid out in the parking lot. 2nd, that’s a Fiat Jolly in front. The sailors don’t seem too excited about what’s smoking behind vans. 3rd pic, the striped vehicles are Jeep Surrey’s, both popular Hawaii vehicles, definitely some sort of exhibition, planes are stored down below on those carriers, and lastly, being from Wisconsin, Rosemurgy Motors is located in Wausau, Wis. as shown before,(multi colored ’59 Ford) only now, at least a year later, highlighting the new 1960 Falcons this time. Packard dealer across the street, apparently, was still operating thanks to Studebaker.

  7. The wedges on the bow and bridge bulging to starboard suggest it’s a Forrestal-class carrier (Essex-class had the wedges, but their bridge was flush to the side of the ship). Tail code NG on the planes is Carrier Air Wing 9, which served on the Forrestal-class USS Ranger (CV-61) starting in February 1960, which would put this in the Pacific, since Ranger was in the Pacific or Indian Oceans from 1958 until the early 80s. I would guess that the pictures were taken in Alameda, since that was Ranger’s primary port in the US.

    • I would guess it’s Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, maybe ’cause of the “Surrys ” and the “Jolly”… when did Hawaii become a state anyway, before Alaska , I think? By this time all this may have been deduced… I always seem to be late to the party. David I really find your fotos and everyone’s comments and observations very intelligent and entertaining… I learn a lot! Thanks All!

  8. The Corvette must be running autocross. Or gymkhana as it was frequently called back then. Can’t be a rally because there is no navigator. I believe he’s piloting a 1958 because there’s a shadow on the hood that hints of being louvers.

      • The flag is furled, not like it has been waved at a finish line. Could it be that the start finish line is in the same place and the Corvette is just starting?

        Acme markets are big in NJ and PA. Don’t know how large an area they cover.

      • He and his ‘Vette are timed. Whoever is quickest/ correctly over the course, wins? Errors , subtract from perfect score!

  9. 1960 tri color Ford Falcon at Rosemurgy Ford in Wausau Wisconson, Christmas promotion I guess. CV 61 USS Ranger at Pearl Harbor I think from the Fiat beach buggy and stripped roof Jeep.

  10. That white Corvette in the lead photo has a Virginia tag. It’s also a fuelie according to the cove badging.

    • There once was an Acme Markets of VA., Inc. based in Southwest Virginia. They had stores in Virginia and West Virginia and were not affiliated with the Philadelphia-based Acme grocery chain.

  11. In the 3rd picture, just past the pink & white WILLYS Jeep DJ-3A Surrey [or Gala], looks like a black four-door 1946 to ’48 DeSOTO.

  12. Acme Markets is Philadelphia-based (Malvern, PA to be specific). That Acme store looks very, very much like the Acme in my hometown of Ashland, PA (Schuylkill County), right down to the rusty-looking pipes holding up the frontspiece of the store. I can’t make out the tags on the Corvette, but they are not PA tags. PA stopped front plates in the early 50’s.

    • We had (and still have) Acme Markets in Wilmington, Delaware. Unlike the lead photo in this week’s montage, all of the ACME markets which remain in Wilmington have all had the entry to their store updated; the ubiquitous S & H Green Stamp signs taped to the inside of the plate glass window are gone, a memory only missed by the few individuals who had a taste for the glue on the back of the stamps and enjoyed rummaging through the carnival-like array of gifts offered by the premium gift company. The rusty pillars and store specials taped to the windows on Acme stores were standard features throughout the sales region, a crafty marketing ploy designed to give the impression that the prices of the food offered at Acme would be low, since the company employed the cheapest construction materials they could find, hence the rust which may have actually been rust-colored paint.

      • The store in Ashland, while no longer an Acme still looks exactly the same, except for the posters. And, of course the name of the store.

    • I have been through Ashland. It is right next to what remains of Centralia, the town that was torn down because of the still burning underground coal fires.

  13. Anyone notice from the 1st photo the cost of potatoes and hotdogs haven’t increased as much as milk these days?

  14. The Ranger could be at North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado Island across the bay from San Diego. The hills in the background could be Point Loma. The Ranger’s home port was North Island in the ’80s and ’90s….

  15. I grew up in Wausau Wi and remember Rosemurgy Ford well. Across Forest St on the left is the Studebaker-Packard dealership and two doors right is a café we ate at. The vehicle in the foreground is a full-size 1960 Ford sedan.

  16. If the Fireman on watch made that much smoke out of the stack in the Merchant Marine while in port the Coast Guard would impose a tidy fine.
    The Navy didn’t have to worry about that.

  17. My first squadron tour was on the USS Saratoga based in Jacksonville so I never made it to the Pacific Fleet, but my guess is this is Pearl Harbor. Keep up the great work David!

  18. Most of the aircraft seen aboard RANGER are early versions of the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, or “Scooter,” as it was also called. Skyhawk attack pilots had to be nimble and usually small-framed – the cockpit was extremely compact. “You don’t fly a Skyhawk, you wear it!”
    At least one of the aircraft in the second photo near the ship’s island is a McDonnell F-3 Demon, which remained in service until 1964. The Skyhawk was much loved and revered, while the Demon was generally unpopular with pilots and maintenance crews. It had a long and troubled development history, and its performance was considered inferior. It was replaced by its outstanding descendant, the McDonnell Phantom.

  19. Pic #2: Pacific Laundry Co., Ltd is a Hawaii business. The carrier is most definitely the USS Ranger (CVA-61) . This same photo is found on the “This is Americar” page on facebook. Also, when photos 2 &3 are enlarged one sees a label reading “Hawaii The 1950’s.”

  20. Somewhere in the mists of my mind think I recall a little known fact(?) that because Mopar’s new styled bodies would be held back until ready for production; the old bodies were titled as ’49s and were sold so into the new model year. Those new styled Mopars would be introduced with great fanfare and acclaim and the buyers responded in kind. And a good time was had by all? Age plays tricks! Maybe!

  21. Agreed, looks like the Ranger (though it had a sister ship or two in that carrier class that would “put in”at Alameda, but if you say Pearl Harbor, so be it….Sure looks like Alameda, with the Oakland/Berkeley hills in the background. I remember standing on the dock next to the Ranger, along with the Kearsarge, Coral Sea and others there, in the mid-60s…

    That said, my second guess was the Enterprise, whose “island” structure matches what I remember from that very first nuclear carrier….

    Great lines on that Studebaker! And a great trivia question!

    • Ranger had three sister ships, Forrestal, Saratoga, and Independence. As best as I can tell, Forrestal was only in the Pacific in 1967, Saratoga in 1972-73, and Independence in 1965, 1980, and 1991-97 (the last of which was when it was forward-deployed from Yokosuka). The presence of the F3H Demon means it’s not any of the sister ships, because the last of them left service in September 1964, while the earliest any of the sister ships was in the Pacific was May 1965.

      Enterprise is very similar, but her island stretches a little further forward on the starboard side, and I’d be really concerned by that black smoke coming from a nuclear carrier!

  22. An elarged view of the Studebaker reveals it to be a 1953. The 54 model had verticle ‘teeth’ on the horizontal grill bars, about the only thing that distingueshed it from a 53. Very tasty design compliments of Robert Bourke.

  23. WOW!!! I have never been able to identify any of the cars in the pictures before because everybody beats me to it.

    Hidden behind the sign on the Falcon is a 1958 Cadillac. Since only the front corner is visible I can’t tell any more other than it is very dirty. Across the street from the dirty Caddy is a nice and clean 1958 Chevy Impala. To the right of the picture across the street is a 4 door Oldsmobile, possibly a ’54?

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