Vintage autos and their owners from times gone by

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Country Doctor?

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Back in the day, people dressed quite a bit nicer in general than they do today, at least that’s been my observation as I sort through these old photos I’ve collected. Standing here is a man who could easily pass for a doctor today but back then, for all I know, he could have been just Uncle Norman on his way to church. And come to think of it, because his car is a Plymouth [1941 Plymouth 2-dr sedan] it’s more likely he was “Uncle” Norman and not a “Dr.” Norman.

California or Bust

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Looks like someone just got to California by the power of their 1948 Packard Super Eight. And she’s awfully darn happy about it too. Oh, and next time, kindly get the entire car in frame — yes, she’s a pretty lady yes, but the car….. the car is gorgeous and worthy too!

“Grandma Poses”

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Look at that “I-don’t-take-no-s***-from-anybody” stance. That “Hurry up with that camera, buster, or we’ll be late” look on her face. Her attitude: pure gangsta rappa, her ride: a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air (V8). My kinda grandma. And if I’m not mistaken, the interior door panels and seats of this car came with a pattern option styled much like her dress! Go Gramma!

Human hood ornament

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On a scale of 1 to 10 for photo content on this blog, I’ll give it a solid 9 with only one point off for not centering your subjects. Just a great shot. Young family posing with their new car — maybe even the day they brought it home, who knows. When you park it on the lawn, and put a kid on its hood –the world is undoubtedly your oyster. The car? I’m going with a 1955 Pontiac Chieftain. Nice!

“Dad… dad…..dad…. um.. dad.”

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I often wonder what was going on in the minds of the people taking these old photos. To capture a moment in time? A simple object, an achievement, or maybe he or she just needed to finish off the roll to get the pictures into the lab for processing (that’s how we used to do it you know). We can only speculate in this instance but it looks to me as if this particular photographer wanted a picture of his prized 1956 Chevrolet 210 Series Sport Sedan and his son was doing all he could to distract him from it. Nothin doing! He cropped the kid, but got the whole car!

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