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Chevrolet Cars and a Truck: Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Today’s featured photo was taken in Blue Point, New York, which is located between Bayport and Patchogue on the south central side of Long Island. Five 1929 to ’31 Chevrolet cars and a truck are lined up on the north side of the Montauk Highway east of Bell Avenue.

The photo source states that all of these vehicles were sold when new in Bayport, and we have the feeling that the local Chevrolet dealer may have had this image taken for promotional purposes. Pictured in the lead image standing next to the three sedans are the owners of the businesses in the Schott Building (1925.) The other individuals in the image are a policeman on the far-left, a tradesman and his truck, and a member of the local fire department on the far-right.

Share with us what you find of interest in this image, or can add to the article. The photograph is courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library.

15 responses to “Chevrolet Cars and a Truck: Birds of a Feather Flock Together

  1. Just a thought. I noticed all the stores have someone’s name in it somewhere. Except for the barber shop. Reminded me of the time I stayed over in a small town in N Dakota. All the stores and businesses had someone’s name in it. Andrew’s Cleaners, Johnson’s Feed, Thompson’s Cafe, etc. A different time when you knew everyone in town and cared a little more. Just my thought.

  2. This was a time when the testimonial of locally known owners of a car make would have greater influence on the future purchase decisions by their contemporaries. If a car was found to be good by a trusted local merchant then it was more likely to be considered at trade-in time.

  3. There are no 1931 vehicles in this photo. In 1929 the car wheel size was 20″, one year only. The 1930 wheel size was 19″ impossible to detect from this photo. The truck is a 1929-early 1930. In 3/1930 Chevrolet bought the Martin Parry corp. and standardized the cab shown here with the wide rear window. Previously Chevrolet trucks had this cab and two other designs: two rear windows or a narrow one which was higher than it was wide. These were made by Hercules and others.

  4. The only man in the photo wearing sunglasses is the policeman; notice, too, the way he’s standing. Unlike the other men who have posed with their automobiles – one of whom is even smiling – the constable’s stance portrays his attitude. Although I have friends who were police, socialized with them and sat at my parent’s dinner table with a motorcycle patrolman with whom I was friends, I’ve always been sensitive to the general attitude of authority so clearly illustrated by the motor officer’s arrogance conveyed by his stance and his unwillingness to unmask his eyes even to the anonymous photographer’s camera. Everyone else, especially the man who’s wearing the white overalls and the man to his left with his hands in his pockets and flashing his nice smile, are like people we might know now, even friends.

  5. This building still exists, though modernized. The Chevy’s would more than likely have come from the nearest dealer, P J Grady of Sayville NY

    • Yesterday, I compared both the old and new buildings and I don’t think they are the same. The new building has bricks of different colors.

  6. The cop is wearing a leather coat probably because, at that time there were no two way radios in the police cars, whether local, county or state police and the cars were all convertibles, as the one in the picture. The cops were required to drive their cars with the tops down in any weather, so they could better hear what was going around them. I got this info from a car collector friend of mine who bought a 1932 Chevy state police convertible. However, he did not offer any statistics as to how many cops were lost to pneumonia in any given year, but it must have substantial, as common sense prevailed and police cars were enclosed starting in the mid thirties. Bet the thought of having to ride in the back seat of an open convertible in NY winters to the station while it was snowing or raining was a very effective deterrent to petty thievery.

  7. Riding in an open convertible in the cold weather seen here or anytime really, would suggest the driver would have some kind of eye-protection. To me, the cop did as well and it does not seem to reflect any arrogance on his part. Folks today do not hesitate to stand for photos with their sunglasses on, even indoors, so perhaps this is not really significant .

  8. I notice that except for the two ice cream store clerks with their white aprons on,must everyone else is wearing multiple layers of clothing so this was taken in the winter months,

    • I thought the two men with the white aprons were from the meat market. My uncle was a butcher and wore a long white apron like that and a white coat on top. They were used to working in the cold cutting up meat, so they didn’t notice the cold that much when they went out side for the picture. I don’t know what they wear in an ice cream shop.

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