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Parking Lot Series: The Philadelphia Bulletin Newspaper

Today we travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to view an image taken on March 24, 1959, of the Newpaper’s parking lot from the roof of the Philadelphia Bulletin Garage. The facility was located on the western side of the City on Pennsylvania Boulevard near the 30th Street Train Station and railroad yard.

The parking lot is filled with an interesting mix of automobiles dating from the late-1940s on up to the then current 1959 models visible in the picture. Share with us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of the Temple University photo archives.


38 responses to “Parking Lot Series: The Philadelphia Bulletin Newspaper

  1. In the lead picture, 3rd row center, facing left, is a two-tone 1958 BUICK Riviera Sedan [either a Roadmaster or Super].

    • Also AML, it appears the owner thought he was better than everyone else in parking sideways, as opposed to nose-in like the rest of the lot! Mind you, it’s probably a ‘new’ 58, but that’s no excuse. Like the guy these days that takes up two spots so his ‘baby’ doesn’t get scratched.

      • That Buick is not the newest, the Plymouth before it is model 1959. So the Buick is fairly new (a year old)…

  2. Two cars I spot I’d love to have: the dark `58 Chrysler New Yorker up against the back fence, and in the front row near the street, an early `57 New Yorker hardtop with single headlamps–which means it very likely was built early in the run, late summer of `56.

  3. “In Philadelphia nearly everyone reads The Evening Bulletin”

    That ’53 Ford in the middle, between th ’56 Plymouth and the Willys Aero, is a ringer for one I took to my driving test.

    There are a few real winners on the lot that I would not mind having. But then,,,, who wouldn’t.

  4. As to the two oldest cars, we have that postwar problem of the Buick and the Ford. The Buick…a choice of ’46’, 7, or 8 and maybe even 42. With the Ford 47 or 48. At least here we had an outward change from 46. Even if we are allowed to inspect these models without serial numbers we still couldn’t get everyone to agree on which year.

  5. The Buick shown , is a ’47 ’48 with an assembled grille.
    The ’42, ’46 grille was a one piece die cast grille.

  6. What is the 4th car, top row, from the left? It seems to have a matching car in the middle of the top row too, five more cars from the left.

  7. In the lead photograph, on the far left, is a dark four-door 1953 PONTIAC Chieftain DeLuxe Eight Sedan [with visor] and to the right of it is a 1954 PONTIAC Chieftain DeLuxe station-wagon.

  8. An amazing number of Plymouths. My favorite is the Ford woodie with the ranch logo on the driver’s door. “You must not be from around here.”

    • In 1973, I inherited my great aunt’s 1953 Nash Statesman. Drove it as an impoverished college student, but soon sold it to a collector who offered me the enormous sum of $400.

  9. These photos show just how much cars progressed in a very short period of time. For example, in the back row the 58 New Yorker parked next to what looks like a 47-48 Plymouth. Or, in one of the middle rows the 59 Plymouth parked next to the 54 Plymouth, or in the front row the 57 Sunliner parked next to the 47-48 Ford wagon. No wonder new-car announcement was so exciting.

  10. No imports that I can see. Cars more than 5 years old like the Willys and 1954 Chevy in the back row looking kinda tired.

  11. I’m interested in the trains that are parked in the background. Most, if not all, of the carriages appear to be “motor” units, i.e., they have pantographs for use with an overhead catenary system. But no overhead system is visible – is this perhaps a graveyard for old m otor units?

    • The coaches are MP54’s, the standard PRR suburban stock. You are right they have pantographs for electrical pickup, but the wires are just out of the photo. It looks like the coaches are waiting for the evening rush hour, with pantographs lowered.

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