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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 221

So many of the photos that end up in the “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs” series were taken by the owners of the vehicle at the time of a special occasion, vacation, date, wedding, honeymoon or after a purchasing the car or truck. Their partner, mother or family members were usually around at the time the image was taken and included in the picture. Today’s feature includes a series of interesting photographs of women with the 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 of interest in the photos. You can look back on all the earlier parts of this series here. 

  • The curved iron railing and what looks somewhat like a cast iron phone booth on and next to the masonry building across the street have us wondering where this image was taken? Bonus points today if you can identify what’s flashing by on the street?

  • Big hair, high performance car, alloy wheels, and redline tires.

  • A classy woman, corsage, and a two-tone two door 1940s automobile.

34 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 221

    • Well that is actually the SECOND photo, but you are correct about the blurred image being that of a 1959 Oldsmobile. And they were all “full-sized” in 1959. Olds didn’t bring out their F-85 compact until model year 1961.

  1. The first picture is in Montreal on Rachel Street just past Boulevard Saint-Laurent. The building was owned by pharmacist Issie Labow and dentist Israel Gornitsky, who used the units on the corner of Rachel and Saint-Laurent for their pharmacy and dentist’s office, with the unit on Rachel belonging to a series of electronics shops (Sofo, then Electros, then Aegean).

      • I went hunting online for Sofo Electric, since it was the most identifiable thing in the photograph. I got lucky that there’s a historic society “Les Amis du boulevard Saint-Laurent” that has been writing about the history of the street. One of their documents is specifically about this building (4160 Boulevard Saint-Laurent) and has a photograph from 2009 of the entire building; the off-orange color of the first floor facade and that distinctive second-story balcony are both visible, as is the red brick building further down Rachel Street. I’m still a little amazed that orange color was never changed in at least 40 years of businesses operating there.

    • Very impressive spotting and intimate detail—the best I can recall on Old Motor.

      I have been to Montreal many times and the image immediately reminded me of the balconies for which the city is famous, and which inspired the 70’s play “Balconville”.

  2. It appears to me the first photo of the Olds 88 appears to have been taken by a professional photographer with a professional model posed stepping out the open door. The picture of the car and lady are too perfect. The second to last photo with the Chevelle is more what most of my efforts at home photo’s turn out like. A little blurry and less than a happy at ease lady to draw your eyes to the subject of the picture. Great Friday photo’s regardless. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  3. The first image is especially crisp for as old as it is! A beautiful lady with a `49 Olds 98 cvt. that looks fairly new. In the second photo, Grandma appears to be standing next to a sharp `59 Impala cvt., while a `59 Olds Super 88 or 98 flat-top 4dr. whizzes past going up the block. In the last image, Gladys here looks to be on the verge of a sneeze perhaps? Nice `46-`47 Chevy sedan she stands next to.

  4. The woman in the first photo looks like a young Kitty Carlise.

    The car flashing by In the second picture looks like one of the GM Flattops of 59-60.

    • Kitty was 39 in 1949, so she was not young, but she always looked younger than she was.

      Kitty Carlisle Hart always claimed that she dyed her own hair, which may or may not be true.

      Ronald Reagan always claimed that he did not dye his hair, which may or may not be true, too.

      Re Old Motors, Kitty’s Olds photo might be of interest, as might be her race car driver TV shows.

      You can see the one at IMDB by searching for “Kitty Carlisle with her 1934 Oldsmobile” and you can see the other by searching for “To Tell The Truth – Famous Race Car Drivers (1958-1963)” at YT. (Or you can see if entering “AGVDSwFFypc” works…)

  5. The Lead Photo is of a ’49 Olds Futuramic 88 convertible. In 1950 a new “Futuramic” emblem appeared as part of the rear quarter panel trim, no longer on the rocker panel.

    In Item 1 of 3, a ’59 Impala convertible at the curb while another ’59 Chevy, a wagon, and a ’59 Olds Holiday SportSedan (likely an 88 with no chrome rocker panel molding) passes by in a blur

    In Item 2 of 3, a ’66 Chevelle Super Sport 396 Coupe (“Super Sport” in one line of script on the rear quarter vs two lines on the ’67…and a wraparound taillight) with a ’60 or ’61 Falcon Tudor Wagon in the driveway. The houses appear to be from the late ‘30s or ‘40s with their lack of eaves.

    In Item 3 of 3, a ’48 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan with possibly a ’35 Ford coupe off in the distance beneath the gas station sign

  6. The first photo is of the new 1949 Oldsmobile 88. This is considered by many to be America’s first muscle car. Oldsmobile mounted the lightweight Chevrolet body onto their Oldsmobile chassis, complete with the new OHV 303 CI engine. This combination was so popular that Oldsmobile dropped the 6 cylinder 76 model almost immediately after the Rocket 88 V/8 engine was introduced. These Odsmobile 88’s became a sensation on the NASCAR circuit. It’s also credited with being the very first Rock & Roll record- Rocket 88 released in the early 1950’s.

  7. In the lead picture there sits a lady in an Oldsmobile Rocket 88 convertible in its maiden year of 1949, the name of which would last a full 50 years until it was finally retired at the end of 1999, although by that time it was just known as the Eighty-Eight. I noticed that just about everything in that picture is blue: the car and its top, the woman’s dress and shoes, and even the lake in the background. She sure looks happy, and why not as that was quite a car to have back then! I initially wasn’t sure what make of GM car it was until I saw the “Futuramic” script printed on its chrome trim. I never knew that lettering,
    Logo, and its number had appeared on those early Olds and in fact was gone by 1950. Thanx for the wonderful photo, as her beautiful smile has brightened my day!

  8. In photo 2 , I think the car flashing by might be another ’59 Chevrolet. The fenders basic shape and top ornament plus the body side moulding and the front of the 1/4 panel fin is what makes me lean that way.

  9. 1st pic: 1949 Oldsmobile 88
    2nd pic: 1959 Chevrolet Impala. By the looks of the side-trim, the tiny rear wings and the GM corporate flat roof, I think the car passing by is a 1959 Oldsmobile
    3rd pic: 1966 or 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
    Last pic: a 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan

  10. 1st pic, pretty fancy Olds, top of the line, I believe. Again, got to be California, convertibles were a tough sell anywhere else. 2nd pic, mama didn’t live in the best neighborhood, but it was home. “Vinne” looks like he’s done ok for himself in a new ’59 Chevy. SOHO, ( SOHO Electric) I read, refers to a section in Seattle south of 45th street, if the same. The blurred car also looks like a ’59 Chevy and maybe a ’56 IH across the street in the garage. 3rd pic, Anywhere, USA. Everybody wanted to be Annette Funicello in the mid ’60’s, and last, the car has a 1948 Texas plate, and looks like a “Cities Service” station behind her.

    • Oops, forget the SOHO, SOFO seems to correspond to Toledo, Ohio, which, by looking at the picture, would make much more sense.

  11. Clothes lines! Flashing by 1959 Olds Flat top, and 1959 Chevrolet wagon. 66 396 with 5 spokes and red lines. Those were the days.

  12. 1st picture is a ’49 Olds 88 convertible, looks almost new.
    2nd picture is a decked-out pretty black ’59 chevy. My guess is with a 283 engine. Another guess is the car going by in a blur; ’59 Oldsmobile.
    3rd is a ’57? Chevelle with a girl happy to drive it or ride in it.
    4th is a very sharp ’47 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe.
    I loved the various colored steering wheels of the day. This Chevy looks new enough that the vacuum-assisted shift into second gear was still working. That feature was not known for its longevity.

    • Apparently the only car that my father could find (and afford to buy) when he got back from WWII was a late thirties Chevrolet. This car had the vacuum-assisted shift and, from I was told, the shifting part worked okay but the transmission had a bad habit of jumping out of gear with no warning. This would have been bad enough around town but at highway speeds (50 MPH or so for the Chevy) it could have caused some real damage. It wasn’t too long after this that my mom and dad met and started dating; one of her brothers whittled a stick to fit between the Chevy’s dash board and the shift lever. This “field expedient” repair did the trick until my parents were able to buy a 1947 Plymouth after they got married.

  13. Just got my internet working when I posted and there were zero comments, maybe I didn’t give it long enough to come up to speed.
    That’s why it looks as if I repeated what everyone had already posted. Sorry.
    Great pictures!

  14. The ’59 impala rag top’s side chrome, sports the crossed flags.
    If I remember right, that would desiginate a 348″ engine.

  15. The Chevelle is a ’66, the second year they offered the big-block 396 in the Malibu. (Only the 396’s had the bar under the crossed flags on the fender; it read “386 TurboJet”.) I factory-ordered a ’67 Malibu with the 327, would have KILLED to be able to afford the extra $76 or so to order the 396 instead!

  16. 1950 Olds 88’s had a narrow chrome strip on the front fender and door, an attractive addition that I added to my ‘49 years ago; I’d agree with the ‘59 Olds flattop flashing by but can see a good argument that it’s a ‘59 Chevy flattop; what can you say about hair like that with the Chevelle? Reminds me of my high school prom- the ‘47 reminds me of the 4 door ‘46 Fleetmaster I had, same light green dark green combo, bought it on a side street in Cambridge Mass. around 1974-5 and drove it home 150 miles, $275 well spent!

  17. The Olds in the first picture appears to be a couple of years old. The black convertible top is not well fitted over the passenger’s front window. In the 40’s and 50’s the tops of GM convertibles were usually well fitted when coming from the factory. It’s probably a replaced top and appears unfaded. It was an 88 Convertible, you can see that the car is equipped with manual rather than the hydraulic windows, which were standard on the 1949 & ’49 -98’s. My eyes are not what they used to be, but the insignia on the front fender appears to be an “88”. The lack of the horizontal strip of chrome on the front fender gave these cars a smoother look than the other small GM bodies.

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