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Parking Lot Series: DuPont Chemical Company Kinston, North Carolina Plant

Today’s featured image of a parking lot was taken at a DuPont Factory located in Kinston, North Carolina one evening in the early-1950s. The photo was quite a bit darker than what you see here as we took the liberty of taking out most of the shadows and lighting it up for a better view of the vehicles in the lot. Two expandable sections of the lead photo (below) show the cars and trucks in more detail.

The facility was constructed during World War II and began operations in 1943. Seventy-six years later and after two recent expansions the factory is still in use and is producing Sorona, a modern polymer that replaces nylon used in carpeting and clothing.

Share with us what you find of interest in the photograph courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library. View more than one hundred other parking facilities in earlier posts of “The Parking Lot Series.”

 

22 responses to “Parking Lot Series: DuPont Chemical Company Kinston, North Carolina Plant

  1. In the lead picture, on the right in the 2nd row & 2nd car back, is a four-door 1953 STUDEBAKER Champion DeLuxe. Five cars back from this ’53 STUDEBAKER is a 1950 STUDEBAKER Champion Starlight Coupé.

  2. Interesting, not any pre-war cars in sight! Must have been good times, or at least the pay at DuPont must have been pretty good.

  3. David, thank you for cleaning up and brightening the photos today…much appreciated.

    In Item 1 of 2, 2nd row, 2nd car, a ’54 Studebaker (“teeth in the grille); 5th car, a ’51 Nash, likely a Statesman; 7th car, a ’50 Studebaker Starlight.
    Mid-way back in the3rd row a Hudson sedan possibly a ’51 Pacemaker, Facing it in the 4th row a ’51 or ’52 Kaiser with a likely ’47 Chevy Fleetmaster Woodie wagon behind it.
    In the far lot an early-’51 Ford Crestliner opposite a ’49 or earlier Studebaker sedan.

    In Item 2 of 2, 5th row in line with the white sign on the lawn, a ’53 Kaiser. Up front it’s interesting to see a group of low-priced hardtops: a ’52 Bel Air and a pair of ’53 Crestline Victorias.
    Further to the back, seen over a cluster of three ’51 Chevys, including a Styleline convertible, a ’53 Mercury Monterey convertible beside a ’52 Studebaker Starliner hardtop.
    The standout may be the ’39 or ’40 Ford DeLuxe Coupe up front

  4. There are two more Studebakers. Behind the ’53 is a Champion. Its vertical tail lights mean it is a ’50-’52. Further to the left near the double power poles is what I think is a Land Cruiser. Probably a ‘ 47-49.

    • Joe, with a black rear quarter mud guard and no rocker panel trim, that would be either a Champion (112” w/b) or Commander (119” w/b) Deluxe base model (vs a Regal with its rocker panel chrome) but it lacks a Commander’s chrome accent above the bumper ahead of the front wheel.
      A Commander Land Cruiser has a chrome mud guard, rocker trim, accent above the front bumper and a rear door vent window on a large 123” w/b (as large as a ’61-’64 LeSabre or Bonneville)…so I’d say this is probably a basic Champion Deluxe Sedan.
      For a bit more flashy Studebaker, there appears to be a light over medium ’52 Champion or Commander Starliner hardtop above and a bit to the right of that Champion Sedan

  5. I’m kinda surprised to see such a high percentage of cars with darkly painted roofs. Always thought white tops were more prevalent in a climate such as Eastern North Carolina, especially in pre automotive air conditioning days. Could it be that many of the employees had transferred down from further north?

  6. Looks as if the low-priecd three dealers did the bulk of the business in that area. Of those, a fair number are hardtops and convertible. There are a smattering of Studebakers, Nashes, Pontiacs, Mercurys, DeSotos but not many.

    There is a two-tone ’50 Ford Crestline two door sedan up at the top in the other lot. One Chevy Woodie station wagon in the third row next to a Chevy/GMC long box pickup.

    • Third car to the right of the pickup, at the end of the row, looks like a ’49 or ’50 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Capri marked by the heavy chrome trim piece over the rear wheel opening.

      • It struck me as a ’51 Mercury or Lincoln club coupe. Rear fender line looked too squared off and the greenhouse quarter window too short to be a Cosmopolitan.

  7. Left side of double row facing us–near the rear I spot a `53 Buick; probably a Special 2dr. post. Farthest row on the left in upper photo; last car clear at the end–a `51 Mercury sedan with whitewalls.

  8. Way in the back I spy a Ford Crestliner two tone sedan and a woodie on the left towards to left side. Also a couple ’39/’40 Ford coupes.

  9. A woodie, the two-tone Ford, not much of interest or significance here. After all, this was a typical American factory with typical American workers driving typical American cars.

  10. A cross from the 53 Studebaker is a 50/51 2 door sedan.and in the back ground is a 49 4 door Champion. Beyond the 49 Champ, is a 1952 Chevrolet convertible.

  11. A quick look and all I see are a couple of bull nose Chevys for pickups. Where I work passenger cars are almost an exception in our parking lot.

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