The Streets of St. Louis, Missouri, in the early 1950s

This street scene in St. Louis, Missouri, taken in the early 1950s, shows us the busy intersection of Vandeventer (US 50) and Market (US 40) looking northeast. The brick building on (left) hand side, is the Fruehauf Trailer Company factory branch. On the (right) hand side is a Mohawk Tire store. In the (middle) of the photo, past the Wabash Railroad bridge, can be seen the Century Foundry, where ferrous castings were poured.

We will let you readers tell us, what is the newest car to be seen here, so that we have a better idea of the date. You can see the complete photo below, divided in half.

The photo is courtesy of Joe Sonderman who has a  Route 66 photo  collection that we have been posting in a series. He has written a very interesting book called  Get Your Pics on Route 66.


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14 Responses to The Streets of St. Louis, Missouri, in the early 1950s


    The easiest is the 1950 Ford,ctr 4th car back and the 1950 /49 Plymouth ,right front..Left front 1950/49 Mercury…Chuck B.

  2. Robert says:

    2nd back on the left behind Mercury looks to be an early Hudson stepdown .

  3. Aaron says:

    I’d say 1950. There are a couple of ’50 Chevies and a ’50 Ford, and I believe the Hudson is no newer than a ’50.

  4. Carl says:

    The Merc in the lower left is a ’51 and there are two ’51 Chevy hardtops. One is the white one just behind the white ’50 Ford and the other is about 3 rows back in the middle of the pack.

  5. Don Kisner says:

    The Hudson behind the 51 Mercury is a 53 sedan and further back in the pack a distance behind the black 46/48 Dodge coupe is a 53 Oldsmobile

  6. Russell Brandt says:

    I agree with Aaron, this appears to be a 1950 picture.

  7. keith carson says:

    Can’t be 1950 in less late in the season- Mercury in front is definatly a ’51. The Olds mentioned could be as early as a 1948 Olds 98 or an 88 from 49-51. I’m pretty sure it’s not a ’53.

  8. Terry says:

    I would say the newest car to be seen is the 1951 Merc at right front

  9. Donald Ellis says:

    I agree with Carl because the Mercury is a ’51. What year model is the bathtub Nash pulling into traffic?

  10. Terry says:

    Hudson is a 1949 50 or 51, Nash is a49 or 50

  11. Aaron says:

    What building/sign is casting the shadow in the foreground at the bottom left?

  12. Ken Lindaman says:

    Much of that intersection and buildings have changed in the past 60 to 65 years. This is about 20 years prior to my arrival. I disagree with the direction. My dad worked at that Fruehauf from 1961 to 1997 just prior to Wabash closing the shop. That railroad over pass is still there and it has always been south of Fruehauf. The original Fruehauf building that you see in this pic was cut in half when the NEW highway 40 overpass was build back in the late 70′s. It sure is cool to see how it probably looked when my dad applied for his job there. Thanks for sharing.

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