Vintage autos and their owners from times gone by


Nothing like the 50s


Don’t know if this was actually taken in 1957 or not, but the car, the hair and clothing styles, even the rolled-up pant legs are vintage American 50s. I don’t think they were heading to church, probably on their way to the drive-in burger joint.

The car is a 1957 Chevy, arguably the hallmark symbol of american 50s classic iron.

From this photo, I can’t be certain if this car is a Bel Air or a 210 Series. The rear quarter panel is usually a dead giveaway (Bel Airs had an insert between the two strips of stainless trim on the back fin). The Bel-Air insert had horizontal lines or ribs along its length. Since the photo can’t clearly show those lines (if they’re there at all), and 210 Series models of that year could have that insert area painted, this car could be either. Same with the wheel covers, most likely on Bel Airs but 210 owners could get them as an option. One thing for sure, cars like these were why we had such a baby boom.


Two out of three ain’t bad

DSCN5589 ray and alice

Because someone had the foresight to write the names of these two, fine americans on the back of this photo, I can tell you with 100% certainty that the woman pictured here is Alice and standing next to Alice is Ray.

Why they look pissed off is anyone’s guess but I’ll take a stab at it. Alice and Ray just robbed the general store. Alice is holding the bag of loot behind her back. The store’s owner is tied up and gagged in the trunk. Just then, the neighbor with the new camera shows up.

Three subjects pictured and I only know two — Alice and Ray. Their car (subject #3) is hidden too much for me to positively identify it. I’ll guess it to be a mid 30’s Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth product but that’s the best I can do since Bonnie and Clyde, here, insisted on blocking it out. 

If you know the particulars on this car, leave me a comment. Thanks!

Handy bottle return

47 ford portholes

I posted a photo a while back of a dad with two children — I’ll assume his own — and beer bottles were present throughout. Maybe you saw that picture, if not, here’s the link CLICK HERE. Sometimes, my stack of old photographs gets jumbled up and photos from the same collection get separated. With hundreds of photos in my collection, I’m sure you can understand.

I say these two are similar because Ford models in 1947 did not have port holes in their front fenders. No port holes anywhere in Ford models, ever. So, this has to be the same car featured in the post from earlier. Has to, because they both have those, those… those… dang holes!

And because of all the beer bottles present in both pictures, I’ll assume the port holes were not used to vent the engine compartment at all. I believe they were actual holes in the fenders and used as a bottle chute for their many, many empties. I could be wrong, but this is what I believe.

The car is a 1947 Ford. The beers appear to be Stroh’s, also 1947.

A trucking Christmas

vintage christmas

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Attic Autos!

(Not my photo. I must give credit for this one to the vast resources of the internet)

Grilling a Ford

1938 ford deluxe 81A

This is another fine example of people posing with their car. They didn’t just stop for a quick photo, no, they were posed — someone had to get them that stool and they chose to place it right there by the Ford AND they got the entire automobile in the frame. Superb! This guy cared just as much for the car as they did for ol’ Aunt Bee and the little snot locker on her lap. Bravo!

Oh, the car is a 1938 Ford Tudor Sedan but that grille had been customized a bit I believe – threw me off.