The Jet age apparently had arrived in St. Louis in time for this photo of the Auto Show, held there at some point during the 1953 model year. A U. S. Air Force F-86 Sabre Jet is set up to compliment the Packard, Oldsmobile, Chevrolet and Willys products arranged around it on the floor. On the far right next to the cleaning man appears to be a GM “Dream Car”.
The photo is courtesy of Joe Sonderman who has a Route 66 photo collection (scroll down) that we have been posting in a series. He has written many interesting books about Route 66, one covering Arizona you can see here.