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Moving The Metal – Part V

A 1956 Ford F-750 “Big Job” hauling 1957 Fords Many of the cars in today’s photos date from 1957, which was a significant year in many ways. Tail fins were approaching their peak. The new Chrysler torsion bar front suspension was unique in the domestic industry, as Packard returned to conventional coil front and rear…

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Torture Testing the 1936 Plymouth

For this Sunday’s entertainment feature we have a video showing the testing of the 1936 Plymouth, along with daredevil driving by both Lucky Teter and Jimmie Lynch. Although they were not engaged in the type of scientific testing that went on at the car company, it dramatically demonstrated the rugged construction of the new Model to…

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Scenes on the Streets of Boston – Part IV

Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts Corner filling stations like Jerry’s Atlantic were once convenient places to get a fill up and a variety of basic repair services. They were also places that a kid could get a start in the business pumping gas and gradually acquire skills that would serve him well…

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Ralph W. Baker and his Racing Car

Today we have a bit of a mystery, which hopefully those of you that enjoy solving them will be able to help out with. All that is known about this photo is that it appears that the young man was Ralph W. Baker. The background of the photo suggests that it may have been taken…

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Scenes On the Streets of Boston – Part II

Fenway Park Motors on Boylston Street near the Fenway In 1954, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Kevin Lynch began his Perceptual Form of the City project, a five year endeavor funded by The Rockefeller Foundation. He was joined in it by Professor Gyorgy Kepes at the M.I.T. Center for Urban and Regional Studies and Nishan…

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Moving the Metal – Part II

New 1949 Mercury’s on a W&K trailer in Chicago The post war boom in new car production had a marked multiplier effect on the American economy. Once they were finished, cars had to be shipped to the dealers. Construction of specialized trailers built for that purpose provided employment opportunities in those factories, too. Drivers were also…

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“Fashioned by Function” – The Revolutionary Chrysler Airflow

That aerodynamics are an integral part of automobile design today cannot be denied. Some complain that it makes all modern cars look alike, but that was not the case at all back in 1934. In fact, just the opposite was true. This film from Chrysler Corporation explained their new design in clear and simple terms….

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The Chrysler Proving Grounds Demonstrates Its Unique Facilities

This interesting video chosen for today’s Sunday entertainment feature shows the Chrysler Proving Grounds in the fifties before it was completely finished. The complex was then at the point where it had been put to work testing and proving the full range of cars and trucks that the corporation produced. It is located in Chelsea, Michigan, an…

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The Other Side of the Showroom in Cooperstown, New York

Here is another view of the same upstate New York dealership we featured recently that contained an interesting mix of Chrysler and Packard cars and even a pair of speed boats. This evidently was the lower-priced side of the agency where the Plymouth was displayed. Note the different wheels and tires on the two 1932 Plymouths…

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A One Stop Transportation Shop in Upstate New York, c.1931

Cooperstown, New York is best known today as the location of the Baseball Hall of Fame but it had yet to be built when our photo was taken there in the early 1930’s. The town’s location on the south shore of Otsego Lake probably explains the two handsome wooden motorboats sharing the showroom with the…

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