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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 225

There is a lot going on and to see in today’s early-1960s lead image. The location is unknown although the presence of Anderson Ford in the background and the contents of the train’s gondola cars will hopefully lead to someone pinpointing where this photo was taken.

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 photos are via This Was Americar.

  • An a one, an a two, an a three.

  • A shopping center parking lot located in Las Vegas.

  • And finally big doings at the local Sinclair filling station.

72 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 225

  1. In the 4th photograph [3rd expandable picture], in the left foreground, is a two-tone 1953 CHEVROLET Sport Coupé, either a Two-Ten or Bel Air.

  2. Cabooses are pretty much extinct these days.If you do see one they’re most likely being used to carry repair be equipment or store supplies.

  3. In the lead image, quite a lot going on! Possibly taken sometime in `62, I see that Anderson Ford in the background has at least one `62 Falcon parked near the street, and facing us in traffic, a `62 Rambler wagon among the commuters, with a pink `58 Cadillac Deville & `59 Plymouth parked off to the far left. In the Palladium’s parking lot, a very early Sunbeam Alpine cvt., a `60 T-Bird & Cadillac, and what looks like possible a black Sunbeam Rapier cvt.? The last photo has quite the cluster of customers at the Sinclair station, with a nice red `54 Lincoln Capri hardtop in the background.
    (Not positive, but the Kaiser sedan in the foreground looks like its wearing some sort of aftermarket wire wheel covers with spinners.)

    • Will,

      In the 4th picture [3rd expandable photograph], good catch with the “KAISER,” but it looks like a 1950 FRAZER to me. Don’t know enough if FRAZER had wire wheel covers.

      AML

        • I believe the strange round silver object is a spotlight mounted on the A-pillar. I loved those spot lights when they were offered as options. It looks like there could be a small rectangular mirror mounted on the spotlight arm. Can anyone confirm?

          • A JC Whitney aftermarket special, with or without the mirror, Gary. Whiney had it all from raccoon tails for your antenna to a phoney exhaust splitter at the rear to make it look like you had duals. Life was grand…

        • What you see is the bullet-shaped back of a chrome plated spotlight. Its mounting arm is hidden by the rectangular rear-view mirror. The arm passes through the “A” pillar to an interior hand control to the left of the steering wheel. In its present orientation the light is aimed to the right, across the hood and slightly downward. Looking at Frazer photos on the internet, it appears that spotlights were a popular option of the era.

        • That’s a controllable spotlight on the Frazer — standard on police cruisers and an available option on civilian cars – handy for finding addresses at night. It’s just parked at a weird angle with the base obscured by the rear-view mirror.

  4. In the Lead Photo, on the left a ’58 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan DeVille (wider chrome on rear quarter flare vs regular Series 62) with possibly a ’59 Plymouth peeking out past it, though the dip above the headlights isn’t really apparent, it does have the ‘59’s slot opening below the bumper.
    A Triumph TR3 or 3A crossing the road ahead of a ’60 Chevy Parkwood or Kingswood wagon, the ’60 Valiant wagon AML identified, another ’60 Chevy, a Biscayne, not sure of the next, and a likely ’62 Rambler or Ambassador wagon.
    On the right, an early ‘50s Plymouth Suburban behind a ’56 Cadillac Coupe (bolder emblem on the front fender and hooded headlight character line closer to the side trim vs a ’55)…with an early-‘50s Pontiac at the curb.
    Among others in the lot, a black with white accent trim of a ’63 Fairlane 500, a white ’62 Falcon, a ’60 Buick and possibly a white ’58-’60 T-bird.

  5. The background of the fourth photo shows a building housing the Hancock Coloma News. Those are two small towns located between Madison and Stevens Point Wisconsin, on US51.

    The Chevrolet in the foreground probably belongs to tourists from neighboring Illinois on their way to the Northwoods.
    US 51 has been supplanted by Interstate 39.

  6. In Item 1 of 3, a red ’60 T-bird convertible next to a white Sunbeam Rapier and an Alpine with a white ’58 or ’59 T-bird in the distance next to a ’60 Cadillac 6-window Sedan.

    In Item 2 of 3, from the right a ’66 LeMans Coupe, a ’70-’72 LeMans Coupe, a VW, a ’68 Plymouth Satellite (round side marker light vs later models), a ’66 or ’67 F-85 or Cutlass Holiday Sedan, a ’68 or later n Opel Kadett Caravan and a ‘64 or ’65 Falcon or Comet sedan or maybe a wagon.

    In Item 3 of 3, a ’53 Chevy Bel Air coupe next to a late ‘40s Kaiser or Frazer (more likely a Frazer with the trim at the beltline) with a black over red ’54 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Sport Coupe seen between them (the Capri had the shorter “Lincoln” in script on the front fender).

    • Great eye Pat in being able to distinguish that beautiful two toned Lincoln as being a Cosmopolitan! I sensed that it was probably a ’54 model but if there is very little difference between that year and the ’55 model except around the fender skirts. They only made 7500 Cosmopolitans in ’54 in what would be its final year of production, so that was a pretty rare car to see on the road compared with the much more popular Capri. I noticed that the ’53 Chevy has a green 1954 “Land of Lincoln” license plate on it, so that car was essentially a brand new automobile when that photo was taken. The red building in the back however was the headquarters of the Hancock-Coloma News which was located in Hancock, Wisconsin and as fate would have it 1954 would also be its final year of circulation.

      • Thanks, MP…much appreciated. In that era when year to year changes on some makes are so slight, it’s the size and location of minor emblems that distinguish and identify them.

  7. First pic- is that limestone in the train cars? second pic-US Royal Tires in background. third pic- 1968 to 70 Opel wagon with a load on the roof. About a 1967 Red International Pick Up behind the VW Beetle.

  8. Are we sure that Ford dealer’s sign reads “Anderson” and not “Henderson.” The palm trees and white mineral (potash?) could mean it’s in Nevada. Whatever, that Plymouth wagon has a rusty roof.

    • Frank,

      The color of the mineral made me think of salt, but enlarging the picture the “clumps” seem a little too large for that.

      There are at least 10 hopper rail cars, and a caboose with a red flag attached to its platform railing. The “cook” from the train crew appears getting a little air on the caboose’ platform. Not seeing an engine and the arrangement of the vehicles around the train, I’d say the train is moving away from the camera at a slow speed.

      AML

    • I believe the dealership is Anderson Ford in their pre-1965 “downtown” Sarasota, Florida location. The photo was probably taken in the early 60’s.

      • Also, the caboose in the picture is most likely from the ACL (Atlantic Coast Line Rairoad) which ran through downtown Sarasota prior to its 1967 merger with Seabord Air Line.

        • Could the material in the rail cars be phosphate? Go due east from Sarasota and you run into huge phosphate mines with dredge cranes that are huge.

      • I was thinking Florida. I’ve seen pictures of their “new” dealership, which was quite nice. Are they still in business and if so, still in that building?

        • The dealership is now called Sarasota Ford and the circa 1965 modern building has been replaced by the current “stainless-look” Ford corporate style. While the location is the same, the street address has become 707 S. Washington Blvd. (previously, when my Mom bought here Thunderbird there, it was 707 S. Tamiami Trail.)

          • That dealership has been in at least one previous post. In a prior thread I was able to determine that it is the same building but they remodeled it. The original building is under all that cladding. They also made the back side more of a main entrance. It looks like they lost a good deal of the front lawn to a street reconfiguration.

            If you look at the aerial view on google maps the original building and the additions are evident by the roof sections.

  9. Looks like Welk and the two women are looking at the same thing off to the right and behind the camera (just kidding)! So is that palm tree behind the billboard or a part of it?

  10. The 1st pic, the brakeman frantically cranking the brake wheel trying to stop the runaway train, while the motorists are blissfully unaware of any danger. And who has a train track running down Main St.? Anderson Ford is a very popular name but the palm trees ( and tracks down Main) would indicate a southern location. 2nd pic, my parents and grandparents loved Lawrence Welk. Kind of the Beatles of their time. I don’t recall him saying “and a 3”, however. 3rd pic, Bug looks pretty new, and does the Plymouth have Chevy SS wheel covers? And last, anybody that has Wisconsin in their blood, will recognize Hancock and Coloma. Travelers from S. Wis. or Illinois, like the Chevy with what appears to be 1954 Illinois plates, on their way to the Northwoods, took Hy. 51, and went through many small towns. The towns are close together, and the Sinclair was a welcome sight, I’m sure. The guy looking at us looks just a friend from up north I knew. As Mick mentioned, I-39 bypasses all that now, and the only reason to go through Coloma now, is to bypass the weigh station just to the north.

  11. The black Peugeot 403 convertible in the Welk photo is indeed the same model Columbo drove. As I understand it Peugeot did not officially import the 403 convertible. Perhaps this was a personal import or part of Peugeot’s European delivery plan.

    • The Peugeot doesn’t have its fuel filler in the rear like that.
      Also, the Hillman Minx does, and has the chrome trunk hinges seen here.

      • We dug out an owner’s manual for a Peugeot 403, The rear tail lights have a chrome crossbar half way down them, red on top half, clear on lower half. The gas tank filler is behind the lower half of the left “lantern”. The left taillight is hinged in the middle and the lower half is lifted up to put gas in the tank. Also there are on external hinges on the trunk.

    • Don’t think that’s a 403 John. I had a 403 while in the Army in 64 and the rear end of the car in the pic does not match. A guy on post advertised the car for sale for 300 bucks. I told Sarge I’ll buy it if you have a clear title. “Title?” he answered. He went his desk and came back with a bill of sale. In French! That’s all he had. The car had yellow headlamps with French plates and a post sticker. I told Sarge I would buy the car if he left the French plate and post sticker on it. Deal was done. I drove that car for years with the French plate on it and never was bother once. She was drawing her last breaths and I needed a title to junk it, so one night I drove to some obscure side street on Milwaukees lower east side and parked it. I got out, kissed her fender, gave her a pat on the backside and thanked her for her faithful service. Two weeks later she was gone.

  12. At Palladium park black car is a Hillman Minx and the white is a Fiat Transformabile. (or a Simca Aronde).BTW may be the white station wagon at Las Vegas is a Opel C aravan?.

    • I think you’re correct.
      The Minx has its fuel filler in that location and chrome trunk hinges.
      The tail lights look a bit small and the license plate holder/light is slightly different too, but they could have been a model year change.

      Also, if you do a Google image search , there is a photo of a black ’59 Hillman with a red soft top, just like this one.

  13. Lead image:
    Major SWAG* here, but the rusty top Plymouth (?)) Wagon with Florida tag (1963) and the “16” prefix is Sarasota County, Florida. Train is hauling nasty phosphates by Anderson Ford – but probably not their main showroom on Tamiami Tr.
    *Statistical Wild Ass Guessing

    • Notice how the bar at the top of the second digit of the license plate is a straight line. That would make the number a “5” not a “6.” The “6” in Florida license plates had a small bar that curved downwards at the end of the top line. I think therefore the first two numbers are actually 15 and the plate is from Manatee County.

      The light green 1961 Chevrolet pickup coming from the right had one of the ugliest front ends ever put on a pickup (along with the 1960 model that shared most details). The “jet pods” that housed the parking lamps at the top of the fender also allowed air to pass through to help cool the engine. Thankfully the styling was toned down for the 1962 and following model years.

      • That Chevy PU front end is quite like my ’60 GMC, which I have come to like a lot in the 50 years I have owned it. Beauty is in the eye…

  14. I’m the lead photo, the cars don’t have front license plates (on the Valiant and 60 Chevy), so does that give us a hint to the location?

    Also, it’s a place with Standard Oil, not American, so maybe another hint?

    Also, what’s the plate on the TR3? It looks double height, maybe a dealer plate temporarily attached?

    • Florida had no front plates back in the day, so the black plate on the back of the Mopar wagon is likely close to home.

      The T-Bird with the California black plate starting with “P” dates it to about 1965, and the lack of year stickers suggests it is a brand new plate.

      • How about wide whitewalls on early E-Types?
        Not many guys would put them on a restored car, but that’s the way they were in the early ’60s.

      • They were probably ‘portowalls’ new TR 3’s came with black walls. It was a popular addition in the days before tubeless tires.

  15. It looks like the 4th picture was taken in Hancock, WI at the corner of N. Lake and Main or 5th Ave. Most of the buildings seem to be still there, including the building that just shows as the corner of the roof of the gas station. Funny the trees are all gone. It looks like Al Franken standing by the Chevrolet.

    Can anybody read the bumper sticker on the red Thunderbird in the Welk picture?

  16. In the middle of the lead picture you see a Triumpf TR2 British Sports Car, maybe the year 1955 or 1957, 4 cyl. 100 HP.

  17. Sharing elsewhere produced the following comments:

    Florida — looks like Manatee County as I see a number “15” on a license plate. The Caboose may belong to Seaboard Airline, and the train is hauling phosphate.

    Sarasota Florida, looking North on Washington by the corner of Mound. Anderson Ford is now Sarasota Ford at that location.

    • The caboose does appear to be a Seaboard Air Line car, so the phosphate loads though Sarasota makes sense. The rear end brakeman is just taking in the sights on the rear platform. Had it been a backup move, he would have had a line to a whistle and been paying much more attention or gotten off and flagged. The guys on the engine were the ones paying attention. While snow was sometimes loaded in open cars and sent south to melt, it would not have reached Florida in sparking white condition. Such loads would have likely
      gone to the nearest above freezing yard and been parked to melt.

  18. The material in the gons is most likely snow. It used to be quite common for empty gons head to warmer climes to be load with snow and melt along the way. There are a lot of Anderson Fords and probably more back in the day. I can not find a railroad that had such a large logo on the caboose. The ACL used a round logo about 3-4 feet in diameter. For those with over active imaginations, there is no cook on either end of a freight train unless it is a hobby. And no one is frantically cranking a hand brake, it’s on the other end.

  19. Small error on the Triumph as it’s not a TR2, not even a TR3, but a TR3-A. The TR2’s and 3’s didn’t have outside door or trunk handles or the small “Triumph” script below the trunk lid. If the top is up, you have to reach in, under the side curtain to pull on a cord to open the doors. For the hood and trunk, Triumph gave you a large T-handle that inserted
    into the latches to open either. They finally solved all that in 1959.

  20. One thing I noticed about the shopping center photo: not a single full sized car in the row. You have (l-r) a ’64-5 Ford Falcon, late 60’s Opel Kadett, ’67 Olds Cutlass 4 door hardtop, ’68-9 Plymouth Belvedere, ’68-9 Pontiac LeMans, with a ’66-7 LeMans next to it.

  21. RE Spotlights
    Unity Company (100 years old from Chicago )made the same tear drop shaped spotlights from the 30’s and still make them. except they use LED’s lights instead of incandescent. bulbs. J C Whitney sold thousands of FAKE Appleton tear drop SPOTLIGHTS JUST FOR THE SPORTY? LOOK ON CARS IN THE FIFTIES that didn’ t even work.

  22. The tire dealer in the first expandable photo was owned by Mark C. Bloome. His obituary from the December 5, 1991 Orlando Sentinal newspaper stated the following information.

    “Bloome , who built a single gas station into a chain of 45 tire stores, died Sunday [December 1st] in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 89. In 1924, Bloome came to California from Canada to seek his fortune. It came in the form of a gas station in Los Angeles. He used glassware giveaways, coupons and other gimmicks to maintain business through the Depression. His stations evolved into the Mark C. Bloome tire stores, famous for their air-conditioned waiting rooms. Goodyear bought the chain in 1986.”

    What is omitted above, is that Bloome actually sold the business in 1972 to Petrolane, Inc. Goodyear bought the chain of Petrolane stores in 1986. Some of these store later became Just Tires locations.

    The location of the photo above is likely Glendale, California, possibly at 6750 San Fernando Road. There is still a Goodyear dealership at the location today. One of Bloome’s gasoline stations was previously seen here on The Old Motor site. The link is below. This earlier image was taken at Sunset Boulevard and El Centro Avenue in Hollywood, California.

    http://theoldmotor.com/?p=162435

    This is part of the description of the above photo printed in the 2018 calendar “Fill’er Up. “In 1924, the prototype of today’s modern service station and tire store emerged in Southern California. Canadian Mark C. Bloome opened a Richfield-brand gas station in Los Angeles featuring multiple rows of gas pumps. He sold fuel at a discount and more than made up for it in volume. Business was so good that he expanded into a small chain of twelve locations. When the Great Depression forced many other businesses to close, he came up with ideas to keep his customers coming back. First, he hired girls and put them on roller skates to pump the gasoline (much like the drive-in restaurants of the era). Then, he experimented with customer loyalty programs, handing out coupons for every gallon sold.”

  23. Turn on the bubble machine!! A one and a two… Lasting memories of my grandmother from the 1950s: She never owned an automobile and she NEVER missed the Lawrence Welk tv show. Regarding the TR3-A: When a friend who belonged to a British auto club here in Indiana called years ago and said he knew where I could get a reasonably priced TR3-A, I ran excitedly to my wife to share the news. Her response was, “Where would we put a car seat?” My response: “And your point?”

    • Not only that, where would you put the car tray at the drive-in? Faced with just that situation we improvised and wound up putting it on the back deck over the gas filler cap. With the support rod collapsed, the trays have four “legs” that allow them to sit level so they can be filled at the counter inside.

  24. Third expandable pic, the one with the green Chevy, has a slight difference in the standard and the expanded versions. The expanded one shows a rod of some sort projecting from the roof immediately above the A pillar, complete with a shadow on the windshield from the rod. None of this shows up in the non-expanded shot! I don’t see any evidence of a sunshield mounted on the car, nor is there a rod sticking out from the roof on the drivers’ side. Any body got any ideas?

    • You’re right, it does look like that. You had me wondering for a while as well but no, it’s simply the navigation arrow to poke in order to go to the preceding expanded pic.

  25. Wow!! 71 responses (72 now counting this one). Is that a record? This is a testament to the interest in the website. Thank you and keep them coming.

    Don

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