Vintage autos and their owners from times gone by


Wax on. Wax off.

1946 ford

This is Leonard (well, it could have been), and Lenny gets the CLY (Car Lover of the Year) Award for coming home from work and immediately breaking out the Simoniz to take care of a large, greasy bird poop splat on his hood — all while wearing a dress shirt and tie — and while completely ignoring his son and the little birthday balloon in his hand. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a textbook car lover you’re looking at.

INTERESTING LITTLE UPDATE: The kid sadly never knew his father, but grew up to be a successful author and penned several books on the art of parenting. The dad got divorced. The mom got his shiny ’46 Ford.

I’d rather fight than switch

41 chevy

Here is a proud mother with her two kids standing by the family’s car. She loved her kids, but more likely, her 1941 Chevy Special Deluxe. Why? Because she stood outside her car to have that smoke. Can’t risk a hole in the mohair now can we?

I’m betting that dad took the photo on a family vacation. This particular year, they didn’t go to Mammouth Cave or Rock City, like years past. No. Dad wanted to surprise them with their first-ever Durden Family Arborvitae Tour, c. 1942. After 1,100 miles and just as many stops to see all sorts of shrubs, it was also not surprisingly the last Durden Family Arborvitae Tour.

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Hollywood candid!

1936 packard

In all of my flea market searches for photos, I’d always hoped to find a classic gem like this one. Oh, the photo isn’t that great (should have turned the camera sideways, to start with) it’s who’s pictured within it that makes this one so special. The moment I picked it up, I knew what I had. Young Hollywood royalty out for an afternoon swim, standing next to their 1936 Packard!

Starting in the front row we have Jane. And in the back row, Tarzan himself. (not pictured: Boy and Cheetah)

“Gladys, Novella. My cousins”

1933 studebaker

We just don’t see too many cars like this on Attic Autos. And if that pine tree were any bigger, we still wouldn’t have! But luck (and tree size) is on our side and Gladys and Novella took full advantage of the nice weather to pose by this beautiful old automobile.

The license plate reads “Oklahoma” so we know where the car is from, but the surroundings we find it in could take us almost anywhere in the plain states.

The year was 1933, and of the three subjects pictured here, most likely the only one still moving is the 1933 Studebaker. 

F.Y.I. Gladys and Novella aren’t “my” cousins, it’s just scribbled on the border, by some other cousin.

This is not your father’s Oldsmobile… then again….

1946 oldsmobile

Aren’t these two the epitome of 50’s cruising? I say 50’s because that is the decade most often associated with cruising – it could have been the 40s or even the 60s – there’s just no way of knowing.

The car itself is from the 40s. And had it not been for the very identifiable name on the steering wheel, we’d probably never know for certain that these two good-timers were out horsing around that day in a 1946 Oldsmobile.


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