Due to the Great Depression, the 1932 to ’33 period was the most difficult time ever encountered by the domestic automotive industry. Compared with the “Roaring Twenties” seller’s market at a time of record production and sales rates, new car sales in early-1930s fell to a mere trickle of those seen in earlier times.
Automobile shows held in larger cities in the country continued on during the tough times, although with less fanfare and smaller displays. This press photo dated 1-18-1933 shown below in enlargeable sections was taken at an Auto Show at an unknown location.
The stage display was split up with Hudson on the left and Studebaker on the right. Ford and Willys are on the left side of the floor with Packard, Lincoln, Marmon, and Buick models on display on the right. Under the seating area on the far-right are Franklin, Hupmobile, and cars from another automaker up near the stage. The Buick booth appears to be the most interesting with seven cars and two factory show chassis’ on display.
Share with us what you find of interest in this image, and tell us all about the automobiles offered for sale at this show. The photograph is courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.