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Automotive Human Interest Images From Oklahoma City

The lead image today was featured in the December 22, 1966, issue of the “Oklahoma Times” newspaper (1889 to 1984.) The photo was taken in Oklahoma City at the Crooked Oak High School. A part of the caption with the picture reads: “In addition to having fun tinkering with cars at the High School students, are learning that the mechanics of automobiles is just as involved as any math problem.”

Who can identify the maker of the vehicle?

The “Daily Oklahoman” published in Oklahoma City featured the second picture (below) by photographer Cliff Traverse, on July 25, 1974. The caption with the photo reads: “Dog Lover Jeff McKenzie, 25, of 1425 NW 10, said he finally got tired of having dogs hit by automobiles passing his home and since he just kind of likes to have animals around, he posted the impromptu crossing sign above.”

Please share with us what you find of interest in these photographs from Oklahoma Publishing Company courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

21 responses to “Automotive Human Interest Images From Oklahoma City

  1. In the 3rd photograph [2nd expandable picture], on the far left, is the tail-end of a four-door, light colored, 1961 OLDSMOBILE 88 Holiday Sedan, either a Super or Dynamic.

    • AML, that Olds wouldn’t be a pillarless Holiday Sedan …in ’61 Olds’ B-body models used a modified “Vista” roof on their Super 88 Celebrity Sedan and Dynamic 88 2-door and Celebrity Sedan…all with a fixed B-pillars. The pillarless Holiday Sedan on the GM B-body models got the new wider C-pillar roof with roof-top crease ahead of the rear window, somewhat suggestive of a convertible top bow.
      Only the C-body ’61 Ninety-Eights got a one-year-only pillarless modified “vista” roof on the Sport Sedan, reserving the “Holiday Sedan” name for the elegant 6-window 4-door hardtop.

  2. Lead picture, 1955 Ford Crown Victoria. Only tell tale to me is the headlight bezel. Non Crown Vics didn’t have the fancy chrome trim on the leading edge. On 56 Crowns, the fender top trim extended over the headlight bezel. On 55 Crowns, the fender top trim stopped just short of the bezel.

    Second pic, 62 Chevy Biscayne 4 door. The 62 Bel Air had stainless trim around the taillight inset; the one in the pic appears to lack this trim. Then there’s a teenager’s 55 Chevy parked on the grass (no front bumper for that hot-rod look), with a 61 Olds in the driveway.

    • Well, I take that partly back. Looks like all 55-56 Ford Fairlanes had the fancy headlight bezel. Lesser models had plain ones. Will stay with this one is a 55.

  3. In the Lead Photo or Item 1 of 2 that would be a ’55 Ford Fairlane…in ’56 the chrome side trim extended forward onto the headlight bezel.

    In Item 2 of 2, I see a ’62 Chevy…probably a Biscayne with no bright trim surrounding the rear fascia, a customized ’55 Bel Air coupe…nosed and likely decked and sans its front bumper, and a ’61 Olds Super or Dynamic 88 sedan.

  4. The Fairlane looks right to me, too — that headlight bezel is pretty distinctive.

    Any thoughts on what they’re doing to it? Given that the battery is either getting jumped or his hooked to a charger, and given the bracket the wrench wielder is holding in his hand, I’m guessing they’re swapping a generator.

  5. Bracket?I thought that was part of the hood hinge behind his left hand.Anyway love that Cadillac “C” on the back of the other fellows jacket.Hope it was car related like to a club or make.And wouldn’t mind having one.

    • Now that you mention it, you may be right. It does look like the “bracket” is in front of his arm and the hood hinge is behind it. But it’s possible his arm is snaking over the hinge. So, yeah, maybe.

  6. Back in the 80s there was an AP (remember them?) wire photo sent to newspapers (remember them?) across the country of an official looking yellow diamond caution sign with the silhouette of a Basset Hound on it.
    The sign said WARNING LOUIS CROSSING.

    Nice to think small towns would allow stuff like that back then.

  7. “Brylcreem, a little dab will do ya”, by the angle of the socket wrench, changing plugs on a V8 and apparently, Mr. McKenzie didn’t do well in English class,,,( backwards “n”)

  8. It appears to me that the battery in the Ford is a 6 volt, if so, it must be a ’55. If I recall correctly, Ford went
    to 12 volt in 1956.

  9. That is the “Million Dollar Quartet” of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins (out of frame on the left) tuning up on Sam Phillips’ Ford.

  10. It looks like they have a socket on the front valve cover bolt, but I bet they are not actually doing anything but pose for the photo.

  11. Where are you for 5th period? wood shop, 6th period? metal shop, 7th period? Auto shop, 8th period? Gym. Throw in algebra and physical science and that was my high school schedule. My wood shop teacher was also my algebra teacher. Best math teacher ever…

    • Hi Greg, don’t forget study hall, my favorite. If this is 1966, these young men probably got a free trip to SE Asia after graduation. I hope they made it back.

  12. Yep, looks like my old ’55 that I was planning to drop a modified 390 into. Never happened, but the engine did go into a ’57 to be exchanged with a 406. High School was pretty eclectic back when Greg and I went to school. They offered all those shop classes including a pretty advanced auto shop. Our Jr. Hi also had wood, metal, electric, print, and agriculture classes among a pretty extensive language offering in addition to the other liberal arts offerings. Now it seems the emphasis is on STEM and I feel the students just lose out in the end. The photo looks like it was taken in the ’50’s, before my time, so the Ford was pretty new, IMHO.

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