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Part II: Valley Street Views Lawrence, Massachusetts

Today we return to Valley Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts with photos taken before an urban renewal project containing views of two service stations and a body shop. The earlier photos in Part I  were dated to 1958 by the source, although the license plate on the rear of the dark-colored Pontiac two-door sedan on the bottom right of the lead image was issued in 1957. The Flying A Service station on the left was located at 25 Valley St.

The first image (below) contains the Lawerence Auto Station that was located at 95 Valley St. and earlier photos of it posted in “Part I” contained views of the left side of it and the right-hand side. The second image below shows a partial view of Ideal Auto Body located at 233 Valley St. that used “Infra-Red” lamps to speed up the drying time of paint jobs.

Share with us what you find of interest in these photos courtesy of Digital Commonwealth.

12 responses to “Part II: Valley Street Views Lawrence, Massachusetts

  1. In the Lead Photo, across the street in the lots a likely ’51 Chevy, a ’55 Chevy sedan, probably a Bel Air, and a ’53 Buick Special sedan. Next lot a ’56 Ford Country Sedan and a ’57 Pontiac Star Chief 4-door Catalina. This side, a ’49 or ’50 Ford Fordor (distinctive hood ornament), a ’54 Pontiac Chieftain Special 2-door sedan and probably a ’42 or ’46-’47 Hudson with maybe a ’53 Olds passing with a Jeep flatbed parked on the left.

    Items 1 and 2 of 4 we saw last Wednesday.

    In Item 3 of 4, a ’52 Pontiac on the left, likely the same ’57 Pontiac seen above and a ’48 Studebaker Champion (winged hood emblem vs a ’47) and this side a ’53 Lincoln Capri convertible with its continental kit and extended rear fenders.
    Across in the lot likely a ’54 Pontiac convertible, a ’57 Chevy, a ’55 Buick Special or Century sedan and ’50 Plymouth 3-passenger Coupe (lip on bottom edge of bumper vs a ’51)

    In Item 4 of 4 a ’56 Studebaker President Sedan, a ’54 Buick Super Riviera and a ’54 Chevy sedan, probably a Two-Ten.

    • In the back of the Lawrence Auto Station parking lot, on the right side of the photo and facing away, are a ’46-’47 Cadillac, possibly a Fleetwood with a wide “B” pillar and missing its rear fender skirt, and a ’48-’49 Cadillac.

    • The Studebaker Champion is a ’49, same hood emblem as 48, but the bumpers changed to wraparound ends in ’49. Plus there is a difference in the grill but hard to see here.

  2. That’s the same somewhat neglected 1953 Lincoln sporting ultra rare factory-extended rear fenders with continental kit as in Part 1 (where I explained the details regarding the kit) in the 2nd picture.

    • Those 1/4 panel extensions are not factory imo. I have never seen this modification on any automobile done in house. Most likely an independent body shop completed it after delivery. If anyone has any literature showing the extended rear 1/4 panels as a factory option iI would like to see it.

  3. In the 2nd picture [1st expandable photograph], parked in front of the City Service station, is a four-door 1948 STUDEBAKER Champion.

  4. I just want to say, with Hemmings on the fritz, profiling new Mustangs, Broncos and such, Old Motor, is truly the best.
    1st pic, again, lot of 2 doors, and simple must have been the time when our phone numbers had 3 or 4 numbers. The Jeep is a early 50’s Willys 4×4 with maybe an optional dumping bed. They offered a ton of options. Truck with the ladders looks like Ford, maybe a line man? 2nd pic, nice ’57 Poncho, and a single axle late 40’s Diamond T dump truck agin the building, with what looks like the windshields cranked open. I “wonder” where Wonder Bread got their vans serviced? And that’s another thing, try and find Wonder Bread today. I think most of us grew up on that stuff. Last pic, looks like Ideal Auto Body has a rather new early to mid 50’s Ford F100, with optional, poorly mounted right tail light. I read, trucks only came with one tail light, but new laws required 2. And I can’t help notice the apt. building fire escape. When the steps stop, what, down the pole? I suppose if the place was burning, it beats jumping. Keeps the riff-raff from climbing up too.

    • Generally, these exterior fire escapes have some sort of final extension that will deploy under the weight of a person but retract when unloaded. Otherwise the criminal element could use them to break into apartments. That said, it is a bit difficult to see how this one worked altho presumably that column had something to do with it. Just below the final platform and at the top of the window, are those rings of a collapsible ladder?

  5. I am struck by the dearth of litter in the streets.Could there have been less slobs back then or is it because everything is disposable nowadays?

    • Hi Chris, I think that’s exactly it. Years ago, we didn’t have “to go” coffee cups, or bottled water, It was a different time. I was taught by my parents to never litter, and I passed that on to my kids. While I don’t approve of junk in a car, when seeing my kids cars with all kinds of wrappers and cups in the back seat, I felt validated by that The most ironic piece of litter I saw in a parking lot,,, was a wrapper from an “auto litter container”,,blowing in the wind.

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