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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs Volume 176

Today’s lead image of Pikeville, Kentucky which is situated in the southeastern portion of the State was taken in the mid-1950s on Humbly Boulevard, a horseshoe-shaped road the small-sized City is located on. Of interest here is the B.F. Goodrich tire shop and the parked vehicles.

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 you find of interest in the photos. You can look back at all the earlier parts of this series here. The images are found via This Was America.

  • Dino’s Lodge opened in 1958 and was named after Dean Martin. The night club was located on Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California, and made famous by the television show “77 Sunset Strip.”

  • The model and this Nash Metropolitan appear to be posed for a Nash promotional photograph.

  • And to finally, a view of downtown Rawlins, Wyoming in the 1950s includes two bars, a hotel, and a second-hand shop.

33 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs Volume 176

  1. The Wyoming State Penitentiary was/is located in Rawlins and the two black ’58 Plymouths parked in front of the hotel look like they could be somehow connected to the “big house”.

  2. The second photo I’ve seen before on Pinterest; nice shot of Dino’s restaurant! Believe it or not, Jerry Lewis tried his hand at one also, but it didn’t last. Last 50’s was a period where Dino & Jerry were having a falling-out of sorts. Nice butterscotch-colored `57 Chrysler Saratoga on the far right at the curb. The last photo in WY. is kind of neat, showing small-town life there. Those two black `57 Plymouth Savoys are not doubt county cars of one division or another. Patrons of that bar might want to take note as they stagger out & cruise down the hywy.!

    • SECOND PICTURE: Will, the exteriors for “77 Sunset Strip” were actually shot at Dino’s restaurant. In the opening credits, Kookie (Ed Burns who was supposed to be a parking valet) would be seen next to Roger Smith at the wheel of his Thunderbird Convertible where Ephrem Zimbalist Jr. would join him under that overhang behind the ’54 Pontiac . The actual “77 Sunset Strip” office was faked up at that black door this side of the overhang and behind the Pontiac. It’s interesting that even in the picture it looks like that building had become derelict. They evidently came in, shot the exteriors, then left.

      There is a YouTube video of the opening credits that shows a sign above the overhang that says “Entrance Dino’s Lodge Parking”. Since links are not allowed you can find it by typing in “77 Sunset Strip” at YouTube. In the picture above, that sign which was on the soffit of the overhang has been changed and moved onto the roof.

      Thanks David, for another great Kodachrome Friday.

  3. In the 4th photograph, parked in front of the “CLUB BAR” is either a 1954 or ’55 NASH [or possibly a HUDSON]Rambler Cross Country Wagon.

  4. 1st pic, the very new looking Advanced Design Chevy pickup with corner panel windows ( Pilot House was Dodges name for those) and was an option on standard pickups and appears to have push button door handles, making it at least a ’52. 10 to 1, that guy pictured is from the insurance agency, not the tire shop. 2nd pic, it’s Hollywood, alright. Caddy, fancy Chrysler, and who do you think might be in that double parked ’59(?) Continental waiting outside Dino’s? Mmm-hmm. The Met reminds me of an episode of American Pickers, where they visited the “Hubcap Lady” somewhere in Indiana. In one of the sheds, was a very early Hudson badged Met, with like 17 miles on it. The widows late husband bought it in the mid 50’s for her, in hopes of her getting her license. She never did, and the car sat all those years. Last, I agree, a doin’s going on. We got a tip he’s in the Ruby Motel. Rooms, .75 cents? What’s it now, $100 bucks? The stake truck( looks like an IH) must belong to the Buy/Sell, and what looks like a vintage pile of #2 stone.

  5. I think the Pikeville shot is from Main Street not Hambley/46, based on the angle of the old courhouse / Big Sandy museum. Fascinating place.

  6. I had a radiator blow in Rawlins. Pulled into a hotel, downtown and asked if there was a mechanic who could fix it. She picked up the phone and called someone and said if I got down there now he would see what he could do. Sure enough he said he could fix it and it would be ready tomorrow around noon. Walked back to the hotel and went out for a nice steak dinner. Good fattening country breakfast, a walk around town back to the mechanic who was just finishing up. Couldn’t have been any friendlier.

    • Hi Fred, sounds like a wild west story, only in modern times. I bet in cowboy times, the story went,,,,” Pulled into Rawlins, after my wagon broke a wheel spoke, stopped at the local hotel”,,,and the rest of the story is the same.

  7. Check out the mid 50’s Pontiac on the 2nd photo. The 4th photo shows cars probably going back to 1941 with a GM fastback up to the late 50’s with two black finned sedans. Nice mid 50’s blue Mercury there too!

    • The Mercury is a ’56 Monterey and appears to have an a/c intake on the rear fender. Unusual for that model, more likely to be found on a Montclair.

  8. Check out the mid 50’s Pontiac on the 2nd photo. The 4th photo shows cars probably going back to 1941 with a GM fastback up to the late 50’s with two black finned sedans. Nice mid 50’s blue Mercury there too!

  9. Wonder why the Met’s side windows are at the halfway position ? To show that it had “roll-up” glass unlike some other “foreign” cars possibly ? Been to Pikeville, KY a few times in the mid-60s…. The guy in the street would have been coming out to say something like: “You ain’t from ’round here, are ya'”… Neat photos again, and love that big black “Stinkin Lincoln” in the 2nd pic as my Dad called them , ha !

  10. I hope none of you contributors forget that every comment made helps everyone not only enjoy, but learn. That’s the best. Thanks to Dave for his passion, and all of “you’ins” for your insights.

  11. Since no one’s mentioned her, I’ll chime in and say that the gal with the “Baby Nash” looks as sweet as apple pie! The birdbath and porch loungers may be props set up for the photo (notice that one chair is almost blocking the path to the steps); the basketweave pattern on the back of the chairs goes nicely with the grill on the little car. With the “M” emblem on the grill (introduced for the 1957 model year) and the lack of the distinctive hood ornament featured on the Series III Metropolitans, it’s likely that the one pictured here is a Series IV, easily identified by its operable trunk lid (in earlier models access to the trunk was from behind the folding rear seat), making it a 1959, ’60, or ’61. To my eye the script on the fender would make it a ’61, the last year for this diminutive model. Since I’m in Italy right now, contending with the distinctively macho Sicilian drivers for the past month, I’m reminded that Pininfarina refused to allow his name to be associated with the Metropolitan; he felt it would damage his reputation to be linked to such a small car.

  12. Money was tight when I bought my used Nash Metropolitan for $325, from a lady who knew nothing about cars. When I started it up, the clatter sounded like two skeletons engaged in sexual congress on a tin roof. “I thought all little cars were noisy,” she told me. The valves were woefully out of adjustment. I re-set them, re-painted the car cream yellow (Earl Scheib – $39.95) drove it for a year or so, then sold it for $575 – to a mechanic. There were three things the little Met didn’t do well: go, stop and go around corners, but it was reliable, economical transport until I could afford to trade up to a ’55 Chevy V8 Delray coupe. By comparison, it felt like a Cadillac.

  13. I’m guessing those 2 black Plymouth county cars are 1958 based on the fin lettering being up so high. Probably inside the hotel getting lunch.

  14. An ancestor, “Big Nose George” Parrott, was hanged from a lamp post by a lynch mob in Rawlins, WY in 1881 following the murder of two Wyoming lawmen. An ignominious end.

  15. In South Africa we only had the Metropolitans in 1958, and they had the trunk accessible from inside only. They were sold by the Austin dealers who also sold MG sportscars. The dealer in Port Elizabeth was Harrison Motors.

  16. The little Metropolitan reminds me of the one my Dads co-worker had. They were mail workers than sorted mail on the train from Cincinnati to Bluefield WV. They worked a 80 hour week and were off the next week. Since we lived near Columbus they had to drive to Cincinnati on Monday and came home the following Sunday. The co -worker had a Metro, we always felt sorry for Dad when the guy came to pick him up and he just had room to stuff him and his bag in that little car. When it was Dads turn to drive the other guy got to ride in style in a Buick! Dad would tell of the 18 wheelers almost blowing that little Metro off the road and if there was any cross winds -look out.

  17. The push button door handles identify the Chevy pickup as a ‘52 or a ‘53. In 1954, both Chevy and GMC had changed the angled top rails on the bed to flat rails. In addition, note the pictured windshield divider. The ‘54 used the one piece windshield for the first time in their trucks.

  18. The thing that bothers me about so many of these old pics is the simpler times, long gone now. The old brick buildings, now empty, are all that remain of what once was a thriving community (Alan Jackson’s The little Man). That first pic of Pikeville, KY, could’ve easily been a shot of Shelby, MT, even with the ’52 Chevy pickup and the ’48 Plymouth. I don’t think that Rawlins, WY, has changed to this day. My son-in-law was a deputy sheriff in Sweetwater County (just west of Rawlins) for four years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same old Binders parked in those same places. I think that the Buy-Sell store is now a Thai restaurant.

    • Actually Pikeville, KY is a fairly prosperous and progressive community, and serves as a regional center for shopping and health care. It is home to the University of Pikeville which includes a school of osteopathic medicine and a college of optometry. Pikeville is also home to the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center which can hold up to 7,000 people for concerts or 5,700 for athletic events.

  19. Rawlins,Wyo looks like the bar Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe had the paddleball contest in in “The Misfits”
    Sometimes celebrities in Los Angeles would open restaurants with their names on them in the hope that they would attract customers who thought that if they went to them they had a chance of actually seeing the celeb in person there.
    Sometimes that gimmick worked,sometimes not.

  20. This week’s post inspired me to look at the photos of Metropolitans on the internet. I found a photo of one which was taken at a car show in Minnesota, same turquoise and white color as the one pictured here, sporting a front license plate from one of the local high schools where I went to school in Wilmington, Delaware. I graduated in 1961, same vintage or within a year or two at most of the little metro with wing windows which ID it as a Series 4. The rival high school’s mascot was a tiger. In addition to the vanity plate, there’s a separate medallion shaped as the face of a tiger, like one of those old enamel AAA badges, affixed to the top of the plate. All the little car needs is one of those tiger tails that the ESSO gas station gave out (sometime in the 1960’s, too, I remember) dangling from the hatch for the filler cap and the picture would be complete. I don’t expect you to post this comment, David, but I thought you’d enjoy hearing the story.

  21. The Rawlins Wyoming shot is from the railroad tracks looking north on Front Street. The Wyoming building is the only one remaining.

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