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History Los Angeles in the late 1940s... A Car Spotter's Game!

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  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Los Angeles in the late 1940s... A Car Spotter's Game!


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  2. Shutter Speed
    Joined: Feb 2, 2017
    Posts: 614

    Shutter Speed

    THANKS! Think I'll take another spin...or two.
  3. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 1,803


    It's so interesting to see photos from the late '40s and fifties. There's less clutter, the cars
    don't all look the same and we get to see kool old logos along with classic ones. I was born
    in Chicago in 1950. A game for my old man and my uncle was to sit outside a tavern at
    25th & Kedzie and have me identify cars from their grilles, wheel covers and tailights. At six
    years old I'd say I got pretty damn good. I'm sure glad the old man (old...maybe 24) instilled
    the love of cars in me.
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  4. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
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    from wareham,ma

    Hot Rod at 1.54
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  5. mwhistle
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 310

    from sacramento

  6. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,499

    from California

    how were all those cars able to parallel park without that idiot parking assist cars have now? ... and no power steering and a stick shift!
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  7. 42˚18'N 83˚09'W
    Joined: Jul 29, 2008
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    42˚18'N 83˚09'W

    Traffic was certainly manageable, however in most flat areas it seems like parking spaces were hard to come by even then.
  8. lucas doolin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
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    lucas doolin

    1941 Lincoln Zephyr with the driver wearing a hat inside the car the first section of the film. Love prewar Zephyrs!
  9. blackanblue
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 416


    First time i'v seen this film, so cool, notice how hazy it is in the long shots and how pretty the lady pedestrians are.
  10. Jive Bomber "...3:27 – 1929 Ford Model A Roadster on 16″ steelies with caps and wide whites. Sporting 1940 Ford tail lamps and Guide headlamps"

    '38-9 taillights, not '40.

    Cool footage, seen many times on this site.

    I like the stop sign arm swinging into position at 5:00 on the right. Being color blind (can only see blue and I know when the light's red/green by it's position in the box...which I can't see at night) I'd love to have this still being used today.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019
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  11. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 196

    from devore, Ca

    Someone needs to build a time machine, hell LA even looked cool back then.
  12. oldpl8s
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,298


    2 hot rods h1.jpg h2.jpg
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  13. Richard Bartrop
    Joined: Jun 1, 2014
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    Richard Bartrop

    The fenders on the car with the sidemounts at 1:32 look late '30s. I'm going to guess a '38 or '39 Packard convertible sedan, maybe?
  14. Z06-LITE
    Joined: Nov 13, 2010
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    I find it really fascinating to see a film about cars and everyone of them were American made. Times have certainly changed.
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  15. heavydumper
    Joined: Mar 9, 2002
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    I'm thinking that rumble seat hot rod is likely a Cabriolet judging by that heavy windshield frame. Probably a Model 40.
  16. kbgreen
    Joined: Jan 12, 2014
    Posts: 330


    Check that smog in the background! In the first clip where the Lincoln and Packard are following the camera car, watch as the Packard accelerates off a full stop, cough, cough, hack.

    Love the video
  17. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,669

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

  18. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,763


    Amazing to see all the then new and used cars in the daily traffic, thanks, man!
  19. Pat
    Joined: Jan 6, 2002
    Posts: 122


    Great video!! I’ve watched this several times in the last few years. Did anyone notice at 55 seconds the white coupe in the lot on the left? Is it chopped? Looks like it has Appleton’s.

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