Vintage autos and their owners from times gone by

Archive for September, 2014

Beauty and the Buick


From time to time, readers send me photos of their relatives pictured beside their old cars, or inside them, or in front of them, driving, or packing them – but this is a first for standing on the bumper of one! Pictured here here is the beautiful mother of a friend of mine. Very difficult to improve on the looks of a 1937 Buick, but she managed to, with ease I might add.


See the USA


Somebody’s mom/grandma/sister/aunt/cousin/daughter (we’ll name her Peetrid McMiller) stands in front of the McMiller family automobile after having just arrived at Clare Hooven’s house for a carefree evening of Schnapps and Canasta. Okay, I made all that crap up, but the car, that beautiful (albeit unfocused) car is none other than a Chevy –– a 1950 if you like gory details.

The “American”

1961 rambler american deluxe

If someone were to approach me and ask for a description of the typical owner/family of a 1961 Rambler American back when the vehicle was relatively new, I would show them this photo.

GQ, 50’s era.

49_50 chevy

Love this photo, for this site, because it is again one that completely fits the Attic Autos criteria. Do you think that John Doe, here, would have posed even half as confidently as he did if he hadn’t had his ’49 (or ’50) Chevy on his elbow? Of course not! He would have been just some guy standing there all crooked with perfect hair and a bent arm.


1950 buick special2

Sisters? Or friends? I’m guessing that because of the near perfectly matching hairstyles and almost identical dresses that they are NOT sisters. When I was growing up, my sisters (5 of them) wouldn’t be caught dead in almost identical styles of ANY type. Now, and much more importantly, who’s 1950 Buick Special is this? I say it belongs to the tall one since she’s guarding the door handle and the other one looks like a party animal and probably drove a Pontiac or took a bus.