Vintage autos and their owners from times gone by

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South Carolina, 1952


Not sure exactly why but when people were told to pose for pictures with their cars, they almost always put one foot on a bumper. Where it started, and why, is anybody’s guess, but this foot-on-bumper thing was practiced all the way up until cars had no bumpers.

Probably had a lot to do with an instinctual behavior of man over beast. That’s my guess.

So, this is a photo of Wallace Knibbs while on a South Carolina safari in 1952. Wallace bagged a much-desired 1948 Chrysler rhino that day. “I was sitting at a bus stop reading the Daily Planet, when this angry thing emerged from a parking garage and charged toward me with all the power and reckless determination of a runaway locomotive . I had only one shot”.



What’s in his hand?


I wish this fantastic photo from the 50s had just a bit more detail because it kills me not to know exactly what’s in this young man’s right hand. Knowing, would complete this untold story for sure.

Say he was holding a bottle of scotch — then we could justifiably guess that this hood had skipped school to go down to the lake and get himself trashed. Now picture him holding a bottle of hair tonic and you could easily see how the story could be completely different.

Well, I don’t think he’s holding a bottle of scotch… or hair tonic. I think what he has there is a bottle of Amway LOC (Liquid Organic Cleaning Concentrate) and he uses this stuff exclusively on his socks.

One of my favorite cars from the side (not fond of the grille that year — it’s a personal thing) the Oldsmobile 88 for 1956.



Your name is Eddie Sisteohen and you crash weddings. Somehow you were able to get yourself photographed and remembered by the mother of the bride. You lived in a photo memory keepsake for years and years and years until, one day, Dolly and Bill looked through it and together couldn’t figure out who you were. You ended up in a flea market, in a box of other photos left to fade away. Then on eBay you surfaced once more. Now you’re on my blog some 66+ years from the day of this wedding. Bravo Eddie. Nicely played.

Eddie’s “time machine” is a Ford Sedan, 1949 or 1950.