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Friday Edition: Kodachrome Car Photographs Week

For today’s abbreviated Kodachrome Car Photograph Series, we have chosen images of a pair of automobiles by an automaker based in Dearborn, MI, that manufactured these vehicles in the same period. The lead photo contains a women’s clothing store, and the second image below includes a couple with a convertible out in the great outdoors. We will return with our usual fare on Monday after the change over to a new image and content host is hopefully completed.

As is the usual practice in this series, we ask our readers to tell us the year, make, and model of all of the vehicles in the photograph along with anything else of interest in the photos. You can look back on all the earlier parts of the Kodachrome Car Photographs Series here. The image is via This Was approximately.

48 responses to “Friday Edition: Kodachrome Car Photographs Week

    • Thanks, AML – your post appeared right after I finally chose to post mine. I was not sure about the wheel covers and trying to find where the store was, and coming up with a “pine paneled store” in Toronto.
      A Meteor makes more sense.

      • I agree on the location – Alton-Lewis is mentioned in the February 1, 1949 issue of MacLean’s in an article about Gerhard Kennedy as “a smart, pine-paneled women’s sportswear shop in Toronto.” The Pierce-Caldwell store next to it means this is Bloor Street. If there’s anything more about it on the internet, it’s hard for me to find among all the news articles discussing people named Alton Lewis.

  1. Lovely, stylish lady and her new 1953 Meteor Crestline hardtop! The additional front fender top chrome trims, two additional wind-splits on lower quarters and distinctive star emblems centers in the wheel covers set this rare Canadian market-only Ford of Canada apart.

    The happy couple enjoying a pretty blue with white top 1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner convertible.

    • Hi 58, you DID see the gun, and his finger is on the trigger. Either this is a Hollywood shot, or this guy feels the need to defend himself and his lady.

      • So, does anyone know what kind of gun that is? It looks very much like a gun my father bought around 1960 . His gun (which I now own) is a High Standard, Sport King. Mine, which shoots .22 long rifle bullets, has a bit longer barrel, however. It is a very nice and desirable collectible pistol. Unfortunately, at one point my father bought a cloth zipper bag for it, and threw out the original box it came in. Today that gun would be worth more if I still had that original box.

        • Looks like a Colt Woodsman. My dad carried one in his pickup for most of his life (well, 1948 onward), even when he could get into trouble with it. I remember a girl I dated all but freaking out when she found out that there was a pistol in the truck. As if I was going to hold up someone when I was driving…

        • I am freaked out that the guy with the gun seems to think it’s pretty cool to display his car, his babe and his arsenal. There is definitely something wrong with this picture.

    • Yes, I noticed the gun, just thought it didn’t matter. Maybe that guy was a small-time hood with his moll or they were out shooting rats at the dump…

  2. Top photo is of a53 Ford Victoria.
    Bottom photo is likely also a 53 Ford. I’ll leave out the comments one could make about that photo.

  3. 1st pic is one spiffy Ford, a ’53 Victoria? I’d expect no less in front of a high end clothier. And the 2nd pic, “you better smile”,,, the gun looks so out of place in a happy photo like that.

    • The handgun looks a lot like a pellet pistol I used to own, so maybe nothing more ominous than an afternoon of target shooting? The Ray-Bans and woven leather oxfords do add a classy touch. Wonder if you can still buy those shoes?

      • My Dad had a pellet gun just like that as well. I have a similar pair of shoes as well but they are at least twenty years old now.

    • Howard, I will have to disagree with you regarding your comment about the gun looking out of place. As a young man growing up in Missouri in the sixties my friends and I spent a lot of time down by the river target shooting. We had been trained to use a gun in a proper way the same as we had been taught to drive a car. Target plinking and hunting with a gun was the next best thing to cruising around with the top down and my girl next to me. For me, the photo, with the beautiful car, the pretty girl and the gun brought back a lot of fond memories. Guns are just tools, only people can use them in evil ways.

      • If you think the gun looks right here, then you sure don’t practice gun safety. Casually holding it with finger on trigger is the sign of someone who is not welcome with any of my shooting friends. In short, he’s a clod.

        • You’re “assuming” that the gun is loaded. I don’t think it’s fair to assume that, at all. Perhaps they’ve just finished plinking and the gun is empty, or perhaps they haven’t even started yet and the gun is unloaded. Either way, I don’t believe it’s fair to assume he’s holding a loaded gun.

      • Right on point, Russell. We used to do our night hunting, at the local dump, for rats. Got a lot of good practice and trigger control. Nothing wrong with carrying a “tool” with you. Besides, Vermont is a gun friendly state.

  4. In the Lead Photo that would be a ’53 Meteor Crestline Victoria. with replacement or slightly altered front hubcaps with the addition a center portion with four bolt heads surrounding an “X”

    In Item 2 of 2, a ’53 Ford Sunliner. Interestingly, on this, Ford’s 50th Anniversary, I believe the only visible callout of that was on the chrome center hub (horn button) on the steering wheel…a Ford shield on a red field surrounded by “50th Anniversary…1903-1953.” I have a Crestline version (with horn ring) I found at a flea market. Have it displayed, among other chrome car bits, in my front entry.

    • The X is actually a four point star. There is a larger one in the center of the grill , not viewable in this image. My father had a 1953 Ford ( with the earlier mentioned 50th Anniversary horn ring) and a friend from Canada with a Meteor.
      I was 9 years old back then and a car nut, now 75 and still nuts……………..about cars! 🙂

      Keith J.

  5. It’s interesting that the Meteor seemed to embrace the typical customizers’ habit of removing an airplane-like hood ornament in ’53 and ’54…only to return with an ornament in ’55.

  6. Referring to the second photo of the blue convertible, I don’t believe this is the first time we have had a car picture containing a handgun. The gun appears to be a small caliber pistol (22 most likely). Getting out in the country and doing a little “plinking” with friends was relatively common and that is about all this gun would be good for.

  7. The pistol the second picture appears to be a 22 cal Colt “Woodsman”.

    As for out of place – AUTRES TEMPS.

  8. Alton Lewis stores Toronto Canada ( two locations i think ) that would explain the Canadian Market hub caps.
    Rather poor trigger discipline in the second picture .

  9. Pierce-Caldwell sold upscale furniture and home accessories from after WWII until about 1955 and was located at 92 Bloor St. West in Toronto, Canada. Alton-Lewis sold high-end women’s sportswear.
    The pistol in the second picture looks like a .22 rimfire, probably used for plinking at tin cans and such. It was less than ten years after the war and the general attitude toward firearms was much more relaxed than it is now.

  10. 2nd photo: Hi-Standard competition target pistol.Used by such luminaries as Jim “Roi-Roi”Reynolds and Manny Maldonado.

  11. The man in the second photo is wearing aviator sunglasses and holding a pistol. While I’m no authority on firearms, it looks to be a Luger type. It’s certainly not a Colt M1911, .45 or a typical American revolver.

    A former military pilot with a war souvenir?

  12. Looks like the guy with the cutie will go to any lengths to protect his romantic interests. The firearm appears to be an early 50’s .22 High Standard G-B. The 53 Meteor is a very handsome car.

  13. The top photo is definitely a 1953 Meteor Customline Victoria Hardtop, one of just 40,115 Meteors assembled that year. Built and marketed by FoMoCo of Canada. Very rare. The lower photo could be either a 1953 Ford or 1953 Meteor Sunliner convertible.

  14. At least the second pistol post for the Friday Edition.
    I can easily picture the other one and could locate easily as well. It had some lively discussion.
    Anyone else?

  15. I must totally agree with RUSSELL COX concerning the pic with the gun. As a lad, all boys had toy pistols; “cap guns”. Our play involved “shooting” each other. My grandfather taught me proper RESPECT for real firearms and how to correctly use them. (He needed them on his farm). Like Russell, we kids enjoyed plinking tin cans with BB and pellet guns. In high school, almost all boys owned at least one rifle, and went deer hunting. Yet, with that background, intentionally shooting someone was unheard of. I am not saying that this is right, but we settled differences with fists & moved on.

  16. While most everyone was stuck on the gun thing I was noticing that the 53 Ford lead photo had something going on in the door bottom and right edge. Looks like a little rust or separation , so maybe the photo was taken a few years later than 1953.

  17. Also, returning focus to the Meteor CAR! No one mentioned the somewhat typical trim alterations done by Canadian folks who found it necessary to make. There were other alterations under hood too, but also minor. Very wide horizontal short and pooched out spears on rear quarter, ugly! Must be the French artisanal look in their culture that tends to be so gaudy. Just can’t leave it alone! Look at the nice one piece smooth stainless side trim on the nice blue ’53 Sunliner.

    Were there both Customline and Crestline Victorias in the Meteors? How do we tell?

    Rich

  18. Everything about that guy is weird, the hair, the dopey grin, the overbite or dentures, the size of his shades, his eye-line down and camera right, his claw like grip on the pistol with finger on trigger, his arm awkwardly wrapped around the young lady. She doesn’t seem too keen on the situation. Her left hand is is laced into his as though to keep it under control. Her right arm hangs down between and seems to be holding him away. Her hips are cocked away from him. In her right hand she is holding her shades. Distance. Their shoulders touch but she seems to be making the effort to see that there is no contact below the waist. Her smile looks a little forced and because she is squinting , her eyes neither confirm or deny the sincerity of the smile.
    Circumstances? Company picnic? Blind double date?

    Person with the camera: “Come on, you two, let’s get a picture of you two together. Frieda? Lonnie? Let’s have you two stand right there. Right in front of the door. Lonnie, put your arm around Frieda…haha..don’t you make a nice couple? See, oh come on, I see Lonnie isn’t a shy one. Stop fooling around so I can get you in focus. Lonnie, if you behave maybe Frieda will give you a ride in her new car. What… Frieda…when what freezes over? Haha… such a kidder… okay, thank you, I got it, you can let go now. That’s quite a grip you have young lady.

  19. How about a Bonnie and Clyde wanna be, including a likely V8 in his Ford.

    Who know what’s going on in that photo but it seems out of context to have the pistol.

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