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Looking Back: The Best of Fun Friday Kodachrome Images

For the Holidays, we thought it would be an excellent time to take a look back at photos that were the most popular on the “Kodachrome Images Series” over the last five years based on reader comments. Today is the final and last installment in this feature, which hopefully you have enjoyed.

Today’s lead photograph: An attractive woman posing on an equally good-looking Cadillac convertible. She is very well-dressed and is wearing a headband or hat with a veil, a black dress, high heels, and gloves. The Cadillac is finished in a pleasing hue of gray with a red wine-colored leather interior, tell us all about the car and its the optional equipment.”

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.

  • “The Rascal House in Sunny Isles Beach, Fl., one of three popular New York style Delis run by Wolfie Cohen in the Miami Beach area.” 

  • “The Big Bright Texaco Star.”

  • “This Ford Fairlane 500 was purchased at Community Ford Sales located in Saline, Michigan.”

52 responses to “Looking Back: The Best of Fun Friday Kodachrome Images

  1. 1st pic: year of the cadillac is 1951
    2nd pic: a 1960 Pontiac, battered VW Bus and a 1959 Chevy Impala convertible, seldom seen with standard dog dish hubcaps…
    3rd pic: 1941 Chevy, 1941 Pontiac with non-standard portholes on the sides?… way back a 1950 Olds (one-piece windshield sets it apart from the 1949 model) and in the front a Fomoco 1946-1948 coupé (I guess it’s a Ford, but could be a Mercury too)
    4th pic: year of the Ford is 1959

    • Those small hub caps on high end models was popular with me and several friends back in the 60’s. On my brand new ’64 Chevrolet SS convertible I put the popular ’61 Chevy caps on my black wheels and white wall tires. Sometimes less is more.

    • At site to behold in 2020. The lack of that in new cars is why new sedans aren’t a thing anymore. What’s the point of a car with a ton of trunk but a mail slot opening? SUVs/CUVs for the win. For a modest if any gas mileage loss, you get the space back. I’d prefer a car, but it’s just dumb for me to own one these days.

  2. In the 3rd picture, facing the camera, at the fuel pumps, is a white over green 1941 PONTIAC, with slight modifications.

    In the same picture, just beyond the TEXACO sign on the left, is a dark, two-door, 1941 CHEVROLET Special DeLuxe Touring Coach.

  3. 1st pic, if this isn’t California, well, I think it is, dressed like that on a Caddy convertible. 2nd, Rascal House, drooling, a corned beef to die for. I remember going there on vacation as a kid. The vending company is using a 1957 (or earlier) VW as ’58 had over riders on the bumpers. I don’t think it would have helped with that kink, however. 3rd, sittin’ around the gas station on a hot day and last, bunch of college boys on a Michigan back road, making the trip more fun.

    • Not likely California as that state required both front and back plates. Could very well be Michigan as they did not require front plates then. One thing is certain, and that is the car is gorgeous looking and so is the woman sitting on its hood. She’s got a good reason to feel proud and happy!

      • David,

        Glad I misinterpreted your sentence: “Today is the final and last installment in this feature, which hopefully you have enjoyed.”

        Looking forward seeing more “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs” again !!

        AML

        • Amen to that – Friday’s Photos are a real treat. Thanks for all the hard work it takes to make this happen.

  4. Cant help but think of Liz Taylor in that ’50s movie where shes a rich girl with her Cad.
    Since last photo is in Michigan Im going to guess those are cans of Strohs he stashing so he can cope with kids on a long trip.

    • I remember the movie, but not the title. Montgomery Clift starred along side her. Movie’s opening seen was Clift thumbing for ride on some CA. highway. Movie was done in 1950; Liz drove a light colored `49 Cadillac cvt. that “daddy” bought her.

    • Indeed, a nicely composed staging – but a photographer must be mindful of background intrusions such as the cable that appears to be running through the models head! Vin.

      • Its possible that she could be a model, but I think it more likely that she is a rich man’s wife, or possibly rich herself, and that this was her brand new car that she is very proud pleased to be posing on.

  5. In the Lead Photo, a ’51 Cadillac Series 62 convertible with optional radio, spotlight and the famous “sombrero” wheel covers that were briefly popular with customizers in the early ‘50s. The lady’s white gloves look a bit on the industrial side in their heft.

    In the Rascal House photo, on the left possibly a ’55 Olds sedan, a ’60 Pontiac Catalina sedan, a late-50s VW Type 2 van, a ’59 Impala convertible.

    In the Texaco photo appears to be a ’40 Chevy Special Deluxe Town Sedan behind the signpost, a two-toned ’41 Pontiac DeLuxe Torpedo Touring Sedan with extra bumper guards, high-mounted mirrors and what appear to be four portholes mounted in the hood sides, and a ’49 Olds Futuramic 76 or 88 Club Sedan (fastback with larger rear quarter chrome splash guard vs a ’50)
    The off-white coupe in front resembles a ‘40s Ford…except for the Chevy-like cowl vent.

    The trunk photo is of a ’59 Ford with the popular rubber-tipped bumper guards.

    • Pat,
      The off white coupe is a 40 Ford. 39 was last year of opening windshield and no vent wings on doors. 40 Ford introduced the cowl ventilator, cowl mounted windshield wipers and vent wing windows in the doors.

  6. In the last image our hero is handling several cans of Red Cap Ale, a Canadian brew. And “Saline”, Michigan is locally pronounced “Suhleen” as opposed to the way we enunciate the gargling solution, for example. Thanks for these fun photos.

  7. Living the good life in my parents generation in that first pic.

    The second one hits home… I got dragged to Wolfies around Miami Beach as a kid- I think there were several of them.

    I ate at that Rascal House around ’99-’00 while working nearby. They were filming the movie “The Crew”.

    Half the restaurant was closed for filming but customers could dine and watch them work. The restaurant closed a short time after that.

    The entire area is now Sunny Isles Beach and is completely re-developed with hi-ri$e$ owned by mostly eastern
    europeans with disposable income.

  8. The gent in the last photo is grabbing a few Carling Red Cap Ale cans from the cooler in his ’59 Ford. Funny that ale kind of hibernated for the 70’s and 80’s, only to return riding the craft brewing wave.

    • Neat, thanks for the details.
      Although I don’t drink (even beer), I find the history of old brewing companies interesting….I can remember when I was a kid all the local or regional companies.

      • The ’59 Ford has a 1960 Michigan License Plate on it, a ’59 plate w/ a yellow corner tab stating “60”. Back in these days the Michigan plates expired the last day of March each year, but probably went on sale in the beginning of the year, so the plate really doesn’t help dating the photo except to say it’s in the Summer months of 1960. Great photo!

  9. Rascal House parking lot is a 1959 Impala Conv. with dog dish caps. Gas station has a two tone 1941 Pontiac, 1941 Chevrolet, and a 1949 Oldsmobile 88 Sedanette. Last photo, a fellow , his beer, and a packed trunk.

  10. The guy holding the can of Red Cap is looking for the opener and wondering when beer cans will have a self-opening device.

  11. I am a bit surprised that as of my seeing this (a bit late today) that nobody has commented about the third photo (Texaco station) having three decades of automobiles represented. Mostly ’40s cars, with one early ’50s , and a (likely) 1935 sedan (likely Ford) which was about fifteen years old at the time

  12. Re the Cadillac convertible photo, I never knew that spotlights were mounted on the door rather than on the windshield post.

  13. You seem to have a knack at finding photos of attractive classy women in period Cadillacs.
    I’d love to know their stories.

  14. First picture looks like actress Maxie Cooper who starred as “Velda” with Ralph Meeker as “Mike Hammer” in “Kiss Me Deadly” directed by Robert Altman in 1955.

  15. In the Texaco station sitting along side what appears to be a ’40-41 plymouth or Dodge business coupe, is a smaller farm tractor like a Farmall “H” comparing it to the Mopar , but difficult with only the top of the steering wheel and muffler showing.

  16. Thanks David, for your wonderful Kodachrome pictures.
    Used many rolls of Kodachrome back in the day.
    Finest slide film ever made. Shame it’s gone (by EPA)
    I’ll take the Caddy convertible today.

    • So many really cool cars in this post, but I’d have to agree w/ you on picking the Caddy Convertible today, but my #2 pick would be the mid ’40’s Coupe in the Texaco pic and I’d hope that it was a Mercury.

      • The coupe in the Texaco pic is a 1940.
        Just did searches for 40 Ford coupe and 41-48 Ford coupe photos and compared to the one in the Texaco photo. The 41-48 coupe has wider doors and the rear quarter window is longer. 41-48 had a “Club Coupe” option with a back seat with cramped legroom much like an extended cab pickup. The 40 coupe interior is too short to stuff in a rear seat. And sorry it is not a Mercury as the 39-40 Merc had it’s own wider body than the Ford, and the Mercury coupe body had a top profile all it’s own.

      • The equipment required to process Kodachrome was extremely complex and expensive, costing, back in the 70s (if memory serves me – and these days long term it’s close to 90% whereas short-term, NSG, maybe 10%) around $250,000. Consequently there were few places within the US where it could be processed, mostly set up by Kodak, which was kind of a no go for professionals needing quick turnaround if you were outside a major metro center. The Ektachrome process, being much simpler, could be done almost anywhere. IAC, both (and in fact all photographic processing) could involve dumping large amounts of silver down the drains, so pollution regs may have had some impact.

    • The EPA? You just made that up. The thing that made Kodachrome so special to look at also meant it needed complicated processing. Add the cut-throat competition from Fuji as well as the advent of digital photography. This resulted in falling sales and the gradual reduction of the varieties of Kodachrome products. Those are the reasons Kodachrome went out of production in 2010.

  17. Love the detective work by readers here. Great eyes and memory for detail, exceptions, anomalies, etc. Makes Sunday reading of The Old Motor enjoyable.

  18. Could the Texaco photo be from somewhere along the Pennsylvania Turnpike? The scenery in the background sure reminds me of what I see on our yearly trek from the midwest to Hershey.

    • The license plates appear to be yellow-orange with black lettering that would be consistent with New York in 1948-49 and 1951-52. (The 1950 single-year plates were black with yellow-orange lettering.) The landscape looks like eastern New York near the Vermont border, dairy farm country.

  19. Hey, Dave, looking at the reflection in the bumper of that Caddy, I can see what looks to be a new house, or a newer one. Also, I see the conifer planted inside an old tire. And are those tomato plants in the background? Perhaps a newish neighborhood, somewhere. Young, stylish, well-tanned, no stockings, driving gloves… high 50’s style!

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