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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 207

In the mid-1960s some of the younger generation was beginning to let their hair grow longer and business must have been a little slow at the time for a barbershop located in the shopping plaza visible in the lead image. To drum up more business the owner of the shop apparently had this signboard made up and placed it on this older sedan and left it parked in the lot.

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 take look back at all the earlier posts in the Kodachrome Photographs series here. The images are via This Was Americar.

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  • Moving this steam locomotive on Long Island was a complicated operation.

  • The Farmers Market in Los Angeles, CA.


43 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 207

  1. In the 2nd picture [1st expandable photograph], beyond the gentleman changing his sock, is a black plain jane 1963 RAMBLER Classic [might be a fleet vehicle.

  2. In the 4th photograph [3rd expandable picture], in the foreground center, is a white over blue 1951 BUICK Roadmaster Riviera Sedan, model 72R

      • That’s Commodore not Commander. It was Studebaker that had the Commander. And yes, it looks like a ’51 rather than a ’50 Hudson. Its hard to tell though when the photo was taken but the two toned blue Hudson sitting back in the third row appears to be a ’52 model and I don’t see any cars parked there later than that year.

        • Morgan,

          Thanks for the correction, you’re absolutely correct; and thanks for the information concerning the ’52 HUDSON.


  3. Looks like the `54 Olds 88 is serving double-duty in the strip mall lot. To the left of it in the background, a pink `55-`56 Packard four hundred hardtop; just over the hood of the `54 Olds is a `59 Cadillac series 62 4-window flat-top sedan. Through that Caddy’s windows I spot the tail end of a `63 Pontiac Tempest. The last photo of the Farmer’s Market in L.A. might be dated around `52. Up near the stalls, a `51 Pontiac Catalina hardtop. To the fr left almost out of frame is a `52 Cadillac sedan. Up next to the white structure is a two-tone gray `49 Mercury sedan.

    • Will,

      Good catch with the PACKARD 400. There appears to be a “V” over a circle on the center of the trunk lid so it would be a ’56. The ’55 had an elongated emblem.


      • AML, thanks! That tiny detail escaped my eye. Thank you for the tip! The pink color I almost said was exclusive to `56, as it was used on Caribbeans too but without reference material (I was @ my office) I didn’t want to stick my neck out that far. Regardless, the 400’s were gorgeous cars I couldn’t mistake for anything else.

    • I wonder if the haircuts advertised were a stodgy looking as that Super 88? Never seen that color before but it’s pretty much awful looking. And did the customer at some point say “ You know, I ordered a “BARBER SHOP” sign, not a “BARBERSHOP” sign, hence the tiny hyphen added above the tail of the S?

      • Jay, as you noted , that ’54 Olds is a SUPER 88, not simply an 88 as Will mentioned. The color appears to be Juneau Gray, from the 1954 Oldsmobile palette.

  4. Good morning all; The # 35 locomotive is in the Oyster bay RR museum now, but traveled to other resting places. Check its Facebook page, LIRR. # 35 for more info.

    • That photo reminds me of a Peter Helck illustration in a mid 50s Chevy truck ad which depicted a Chevy tractor pulling a lowboy trailer with a steam loco load.

  5. Great set of photos again! I can’t wait to read what folks have to say about the guy putting on his sox in the second photo (sox seem clean so I assume they are fresh and being put on). I’m always surprised to see Ramblers turn up. I never realized how often they turn up in early 60’s scenes. Of course the Corvair is a surprise too. Neither it nor the Rambler next to it would be what I would think of as popular choices.

    • I’m always surprised when people are surprised to see Ramblers. Would you be surprised to see a ’63 Buick? Or a ’63 Dodge? Or a Mercury? Or a Cadillac?

      1963 production figures: #6 Rambler – 464k; #7 Buick – 458k; #8 Dodge – 446k; #9 Mercury – 302k; Cadillac – 163k

      Rambler outsold Cadillac by almost 3 to 1! Chevrolet and Ford were the only makes with more than 600k sold in 1963.

      • Dennis,
        Wow, thanks for the information! I grew up in Southern Wisconsin. Ramblers were very popular there. I never thought they were a strong player once out of Wisconsin. You have set that mistaken assumption to rest.


    • I’ll surmise that he’s arrived at the airport and is changing into appropriate clothing. This back in an era when flying anywhere was enough of an event that everyone “dressed up” for it.

  6. In the lead photo, seen behind the Porsche and ’54 Olds Super 88 sedan with a SaranWrap vent window, appears to be a white ’59 Cadillac 4-window sedan. Seen through the windows of the Cadillac, possibly a white ’63 Tempest. Over the trunk of the Olds, a ’63-1/2 Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop and on the extreme left, apink and black ’56 Packard 400 Coupe.

    In Item 1 of 3, a ’63 Corvair 500 or 700 (insignia aft of the headlight), a ’63 Rambler Classic 550 and a ’55 Bel Air.

    In Item 2 of 3, on the right a 50 Plymouth (vs the ribbed bumper of a ’49 and the more sloped-back hood of a ’51). Off to the left in black, a possible ’40 Buick sedan. Behind the coal tender load, a likely ’53 International R series truck and possibly a lack ’55 Plymouth heading away almost abreast of a white and turquoise ’55 Olds. At the very edge of the photo might be a white ’56 Olds.

    In Item 3 of 3, entering the lot a ’49 Buick, likely a Super, while a ’50-’52 Cadillac coupe leaves. I see two Hudsons, up front on the right a black ’51 Hudson and below and a bit to the right of the cupula, in pale blue maybe a ’52 or ’53.
    Next to the light blue ’49-’51 Ford Tudor up front a white over navy ’51 Buick Roadmaster sedan. On the other side of the Ford, a medium blue ’50 or ’51 Buick Tourback sedan of unknown model series.
    I see a handsome ’49-’52 Pontiac or Chevy faux wood wagon beside an early’50 Chrysler or DeSoto convertible in the distant row that begins with a not-too-common two-tone ’49 or ’50 Mercury coupe.

  7. 1st pic, I’d say California. Where else would Olds sedans and Porsches park next to each other. The Packard appears to have a black plate. The 63.5 Ford looks pretty new. 2nd pic, the parking lot spruce up, oh, I’ve been there. ’63 Rambler was The Car of the Year. 3rd pic is pretty interesting. On another site that features things for sale, a steam locomotive came up for sale.About the same size as this. Since the tracks were removed around it, they think there’s no way to move it, and I said, I’ve seen it done, and here it is. Gerosa Heavy Hauling was a fixture on the east coast for heavy hauling. I read, Lawrence Gerosa came to states from Italy as an infant. While his family was poor, he later joined his 2 brothers and went on making a fortune in heavy hauling in the New York City area. He was the only one that had a 50 wheel truck and trailer capable of moving 300 tons. Gerosa favored Autocars, but I’ve seen Macks and these appear to be 2 of his 1952 Autocar DC 200’s. I can’t find if they are still in business, but they moved some impressive loads right through downtown New York. And the last, California, lot of 2 doors and you can actually see the Hills.

      • You know what, David? That very well could be. I read, around the time this photo was taken, Mr. Gerosa was involved in city politics, I believe was City Controller for several years, even ran for mayor and his 2 brothers ran the transportation end of the business in Harlem. This is all off the internet, maybe someone knows more.

      • I forgot to mention, the mid-50’s IH R series line truck behind the 2nd truck. It looks like they had many encounters with low wires, and may be removing something on the engine. The motorcycle cop surely must be one of Mr. Gerosa’s buddies from city hall running escort, and White 3000 cabover farther back.

    • You know it’s interesting, seeing one locomotive and discussion(s) on one site then seeing another one again, here, I’d say that there are a lot of train enthusiasts mixed in with the gearheads. I’ve seen these pics from Long Island before and my mind is completely boggled about how they can get that locomotive moved on THAT rig. It’s got to weigh a hundred tons–dry! Out west, in the oil patch, I’ve seen a lot of cracking vessels being moved. Some of them are two to three hundred tons and they’ve got more tires under them than you can count. I’ve also seen as many as four trucks pulling and two trucks pushing. I’ve also seen some building movers in action, and they use a lot of wheels too. But this, unless there are some wheels I can’t see, is somewhat overloaded. However, it’s about getting the job done…

      • Hi George, judging by the comments on the “other” site, I agree, steam locomotives fascinate most gearheads. I read, a typical Baldwin 2-4-2 like this weighs about 126,000 lbs and the tender weighs about 70,000. Clearly overloading a rig like this, ( the trailer does look like it’s sagging as bit) but just another busy day for the Gerosa team. It’s why he made a fortune, nobody else would do this. ( and Mr. Gerosa’s involvement with politics probably helped)

          • Hi XO, I read, LIRR #35, a 4-6-0 was the last steam engine to be used on Long Island. It was retired in 1955. The scene here is #35 being moved to Eisenhower Park in June of 1956. This was taken on Merrick Ave. crossing Stewart Ave.

  8. I’m surprised no one yet has noted the 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxie 500 hardtop just past the 1954 Olds in the lead photo.

    I love the Kodachrome series. Keep them coming.

  9. 3rd photo.As usual the Long Island Rail Road strikes again!
    Looks like they had to call a towtruck this time.
    Makes Amtrak look like a model of efficiency

  10. The red keystone emblem on the locomotive indicates it belonged to the Pennsylvania Railroad.
    Currently on the Barn Finds website is a landlocked Baldwin locomotive, 2-10-4, that belonged to the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad. Asking price: $375,000.

    • Baldwin 2-10-4? That is indeed a rare critter. Let’s hope it finds a home.
      375K sounds ridiculous, and I loathe the nonsense on tv, but let’s hope sanity prevails.
      There’s still at least one Big Boy running…

  11. Yes,I was wondering what a Pennsy locomotive was doing on Long Island.Maybe it got lost but was now being returned to its rightful owners in Pennsylvania.A happy ending.
    And how about the 2 guys riding up top.Making sure there was enough clearance for the overhead wires?

  12. The LIRR was owned by the PRR in those days. They also used the Keystone emblem, sometimes with an intertwined “LI” instead of the Pennsylvania’s “PRR”. Also I believe the locomotive is a 4-6-0, class G, widely used by the LIRR on commuter trains in non-electrified territory.

  13. David,
    I stopped getting the weekly e-mail updates a few weeks ago. I read at the time you were working on the website so I figured maybe a couple weeks but still no updates. I even re-submitted my e-mail address. Are the e-mails going out?

    • Dave, Yes other than that week the Newsletters have been, sorry the software in not handling your request. You might check your junk mail file, perhaps it is ending up there?

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