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Postwar Street Scenes at New London and Ridgefield Connecticut

Today’s post-World War II feature images taken in New London and Ridgefield, Connecticut contain street views in each community.

The lead image and the expandable version of it (below) is a view looking down State Street at a traffic circle located in the City of New London, a historic seaport located at the mouth of the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut. The center of the intersection contains a bus stop and a pedestrian crossing. The photo dates to early 1947 as the movie “Trail Street” at the Victory Theatre at the far right of the picture was released on February 19, 1947.

The photograph (below) was taken on Main Street in the center of Ridgefield, a town located in the southwestern part of Connecticut fourteen-miles inland of the Long Island Sound, and sixty miles northeast of New York City. The photo dated to 1949 by the source contains a mix of pre and post World War II automobiles and a Jeep.

Share with us what you find of interest in the images courtesy of the Connecticut Digital Archive.

15 responses to “Postwar Street Scenes at New London and Ridgefield Connecticut

  1. In Item 1 of 2, turning up front a ’41 Chevy Town Sedan with white wheel spats, a ‘47 or ’48 Mercury convertible (chrome grille surround vs ’46), parked on the left a ’46-48 Ford Tudor (can’t see the turn signal lights to distinguish a ’46), a ’47 Chevy Fleetmaster coupe (wide-winged hood emblem vs a ’46 and narrower chrome above grille vs a ’48), a ’47 Studebaker Champion (more vertical hood emblem vs ’48’s with wings), probably a 2-dr sedan, then a likely a ’38 Ford Standard Tudor.

    In Item 2 of 2, a ’42 Cadillac, probably a Series 62 (3” longer w/b vs a 61) Club Coupe. First car on the right is likely a ’40 Plymouth. Way in the back, behind the Jeep appears to be a ’49 Cadillac with a wider grille (the top of it nearly touches the headlights vs a ’48).

  2. That’s a 1937 Buick trunk back sedan at the curb in front of the Caddy, simpler times. New London must have been busy with the sub base nearby.

    • New London is also home to the Coast Guard Academy (Sub base is actually in Groton) where my brother graduated. While there one time, saw both a Nuke sub and the Eagle sail (square rigged barque) in to the harbor. The environs there were pretty nice in the early 60’s.

  3. Dear David,
    Many thanks for this interesting article, again !
    That would be lovely if you can contact me, I got a mystery to solve with a picture of some Citroën cars on the Indianapolis Circuit in 1933 😉

    • 2nd picture: at the right, behind the ‘40 Plymouth: a 1946 Oldsmobile. That Caddy is so long and low, it looks almost top-chopped from the factory!

  4. Remember when dentists were always upstairs? As a kid, that was a long climb. The Jeep looks like a WW2 surplus (MB?) repurposed for a gas station with a push bumper and what looks like a homemade cab.

  5. Looks like there was a fire above the dentist.

    Great looking 2 door in pic

    Glad you’re back on line.

  6. What a great surprise seeing Ridgefield Main Street featured on The Old Motor! I’ve been here for 68 years and I’ll take an updated photo tomorrow. The Hardware store has a second floor now, the church came down in the 1960’s when the new one was built down the street. Parking area is unique to town the only setup like it in the state, it has had several changes over the years and is due for a major change in the coming years. Sure wish I could get a closeup of the Jeep, it could be the one a friend has now, his dad bought it new. Bob

  7. The 42 Cadillac is stunning. The proportions are flawless and lines perfectly coherent . Bill Mitchell was head of the Cadillac design studio from 1938 on, so he rightly deserves some of the credit for this beauty.

  8. In the first photo on the right driving directly away from the camera is a 46/47 Nash 600 trunk back sedan. Looks like it may be two toned and those 6.00-16 tires are pretty recognizable.

  9. Dad had a ’41 Chevy two door, like one in first photo, through the war years up until 1950. Great floor space in front of rear seat where extra luggage easily fit. Throw a blanket across and we kids had a nice place for naps during long trips.

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