By the look of the structure in the background, I’ll guess this photo was taken at a motel while on vacation somewhere. I’ll also venture to guess that this lad is the son of a GM employee because of the two family cars he’s standing near – both GMs (Chevrolets).
The car in the foreground is a 1954 Chevrolet and the other, also a Chevy, but from 1955. And not a Ford in sight. This “lad” is probably in his mid 60’s today and retired — but from where I wonder? Probably GM.
Whenever I search out old car/car owner photos from the past I always buy the ones that have writing somewhere on them. It’s nice to know who these folks were. On the back of this one reads: “This is me, Cousin Sadie” so now we know who this is pictured here. And, from the banged up front fender on Cousin Sadie’s 1938 Plymouth sedan, we can almost certainly guess how she killed the Yak that now keeps her warm.
I can tell from a mile away from the chrome strip (actually stainless steel), where the body meets the roof, that this is a General Motors’ Pontiac product. It took quite a bit more digging to find out that it’s more specifically a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain Super deLuxe Catalina Coupe. That’s a mouthful! The term “super deluxe” has a much different meaning today then it did then and is usually attached to a hamburger meal deal — which, ironically, is also a mouthful.
Who doesn’t have at least one memory of their first stand-alone hammock experience? My dad had one in the 70’s and to this day I cannot remember him ever lying on the thing. Everybody learns early on that hammocks aren’t exactly good for multiple person seating — as evidenced here. These poor children, stuck between Grandpa Flood Pance and Uncle Waldoshirt got crushed! And to further torture those children, which one of those two adult clowns stuck the rubber ball out of reach and in the window of their 1941 Ford Coupe? The first stand-alone hammock experience for these youngsters was undoubtedly…. nightmare material!