“Get Out and Get Under” is a term used since the early days of motoring when roadside under car repairs were necessary which fits in well with the lead image. The second photo (below) of this attractive 1934 Ford Phaeton gives a clear view of the coachwork and top. Rare even when new the open car has a Connecticut plate with a 1945 tag and the picture was taken at a roadside garage; note the drive-on lift behind the man working on the tire and wheel.
Outside lifts have never been common in the Nutmeg State due to harsh New England winters. Visible at the upper-right of the shot behind a telephone pole, palm tree fronds are visible signifying that the picture was taken somewhere in the southern part of the country.
Eleven years since the car was first produced, it appears to have been repainted and the top, and possibly tonneau cover are replacements. The factory-supplied rear window is mounted higher than its original position and is also offset to the left-hand side. The wire wheels all appear to be the original seventeen-inch size and the spare wheel rim has a significant dent in it and has an oversized tire.
During World War II tires and gas were in short supply and rationed. Although since the gentleman appears to be wearing US Navy “whites,” his car use was probably considered essential and he may have had a “C” gas ration sticker and was also allowed to purchase tires when necessary.
Share with us what you find of interest in the photograph or can add to the article. The pictures are via contributor Benjamin Ames.