Ever have a deja vu moment? When I was preparing this post I was having one. “I’ve seen this woman before”, I thought. I’ve seen this car before. I know it’s a never-before-posted picture but, still, something was familiar to me here. So I did some digging and sure enough, this car, and this woman, have indeed graced this website in the past. She had a different dress and her hair was a bit puffier, but there’s no doubt we have the same duo. And she’s just as proud of her 1937 Chevy in this photo as she was in her first Click here to see her in her first post.
And based on her choice of clothing, my bet is she was dressed for work in this pic and headed out for an afternoon of fun in the other.
To be featured here, the picture’s subjects must be posing with a car or truck. I’ve made some exceptions, but that’s the general rule. And I can’t remember if I’ve posted a better example of this rule than in this photo you see here. A lot of smiles and/or pride in those faces.
As far as the car goes, there isn’t much of it to see but still enough for me to tell you this proud family drove a 1955 Chevrolet. What I can’t tell you is the model. There were 3 models then, a 150 Series, a 210 Series and the coveted BelAir. The two-tone paint tells me it could be either the 210 or the BelAir. Nice ride!
Not many cameras from years ago had through-the-lens viewing – certainly not your average camera. You had to compose your shot through a separate viewfinder located on the camera close to the lens. It worked out fine in most every case but it does help explain why people in pictures from way back had heads cut off (viewfinder on top of lens) or subjects off-centered (viewfinder at the side of the lens). This guy got it perfect! The entire car, bumper-to-bumper, and top to bottom in frame! Now, had his wife and child not insisted on standing in front of his 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe, this photo would have been poster material!
Buicks for 1947 and 1948 were, well, pretty much identical. There may have been mechanical updates and possibly an interior fabric design change, but for all intents and purposes, if you were looking at a ’47 and a ’48 parked side by side, you’d swear you were seeing double.
This car seems to be at some sort of show or display (girls looking through the side windows, woman sitting on the bumper, vehicle parked on a cement platform, etc.). And because it was presented like this then, I’m going to venture to say that this was a 1947 Buick Roadmaster and not a ’48. Why? Because it was the first time you’d see this 2-year design — had it been a 1948, it would have been difficult (based on the lack of design change) to convince the public that you had anything new to offer. It’s just a guess. Be it a ’47 or a ’48, one thing is for certain, in the day, “Wouldn’t you really rather have [had] a Buick?”