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Vintage photos of America. Lots of cars...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by SanDiegoJoe, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. rustbucket65
    Joined: May 27, 2006
    Posts: 138


    Thanks for the link!! That is some great stuff, I love history. To see everyday America back in the 50's is some neat stuff.
  2. talisman
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 404

    from Texas

    Man. Really makes you wonder what happened to all that tin. Amazing.
  3. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,511

    from California

    Cool avatar
  4. Hans
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 363


    Great thread.

    I love how ordinary the shots are, sure there are some recognizable landmarks, but for the most part, these are just random shot, that could have been taken on any street in the respective cities.

    It makes me think about how important it is to preserve/remember just the ordinary aspects of life.
  5. I have tryed to jump into the pictures several times and go back into time. I have not succeded. Guess i just have to stay in this present period of madness. Was hoping to get a job at the corner Texaco and make a decent living. Oh well, we can always dream!;)
  6. borntoolate
    Joined: Feb 18, 2006
    Posts: 320


    Is that a 58 Pontiac and (I think) a 55 Chevy "gasser" (no front bumper, haha!) staging for a run there on the center left of this pic?
    This has been a fun thread. I love old pics full of old cars, especially from the 50s.
  7. fiat128
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,427

    from El Paso TX

    I could easily identify the first two shots of Juárez as the buildings are still there and look about the same, save for the paint.

    I have a bunch of shots of downtown Dallas from 1950 that my grandfather took. All on slides...
  8. Searcher
    Joined: Jul 8, 2007
    Posts: 620


    Cool color Pic's....
    But all the people looked kinda they needed some junk.... food.
  9. racerjohnson
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 178

    from Fargo, ND

    Thanks for sharing those pics. They're amazing. Very calming. Makes life look simpler. I'm 25 so any pics before 1980 seem like ancient history, but these pics make it look like 60 years wasn't that long ago.

    ps. according to that website of 14,000 some pics, he went to 47 different states, and besides obviously not going to alaska nor hawaii, which state did he skip? F'ing MINNESOTA!! What a bastard.
  10. hemi35
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 284

    from Australia

    This is truely a great post! Thankyou to all who took the time & effort!!!!....... Hemi35
  11. SanDiegoJoe
    Joined: Apr 18, 2004
    Posts: 3,519


    The Gasser... I think that you guys might be right. Here is the blown up view.

    Attached Files:

  12. lolife
    Joined: May 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,125


    Actually it is color slides. Very expensive, and mostly used by professionals in that era. Later on the E-6 process came out, and that is still used today on Ektachrome and Fuji slide film (transparencies).

    Most magazines had a requirement for Transparencies in submissions for publication, as it doesn't have as much range as regular film, and the colors are more vibrant.

    Then again, many photographers didn't like transparency film because of the look. Most gallery high-end stuff would never be transparencies, but black and white or color print film on fancy paper.

    Ansel Adams for example, used techniques to optimize the range of print film, and would probably only use Kodachrome if he was given lots of money, and free trip to Miami :rolleyes:

  13. Custom54
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 803


    Very cool, thanks.
  14. Looks like he had this Ford before he got the Lincoln, it shows up in some of the pics, this ones from Miami, 1939

    Is this now the Wells Fargo on S. Congress? Looks familiar...
  15. Da Injun
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
    Posts: 410

    Da Injun

    I noticed the same thing right away on that 55 in St. Louis.

    I was on a website last night looking at sites on vintage neon and stumbled on urban renewal sites...some showed before and after was ashame to see the faceless, plain, and no character"
    architecture in the "now" photos. I have around 2000 photos of this kind of stuff if anyone is interested...most found on the web, and a few hundred taken by me on my old road travels.

    Thanks for posting this stuff.
  16. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    I would have to say we're all interested. Or at least I definitely am.

  17. notebooms
    Joined: Dec 14, 2005
    Posts: 2,076

    Alliance Member

    being able to search this photo archive is one of the coolest things i've seen in a long time-- photography related. thanks much for sharing. i'll have hours of time enjoying this.

    -scott noteboom
  18. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,459

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

  19. The guy sitting closest to the camera looks like the gangster in the Bugs Bunny cartoons with that tall fedora.......(in my best James Cagney voice)...." yeah, you're gonna do it my way rabbitt, see........yeah".....:rolleyes:
  20. Mercmad
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,383

    from Brisvegas

    Looks like a Panhard next to the curb in Panhard Rod...Behind a Peugeot 403.

    Looks like he bought a new car in the same colour as the faithfull Lincoln.
    And what on earth is a Commer van doing in California?? The Mk2 Jag I can understand...
  21. Mercmad
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,383

    from Brisvegas

    These two are in some kind of hurry!!![​IMG]
  22. Mercmad
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,383

    from Brisvegas

    Chicago 1958...:cool:yeah i got Star fires! how many you want??:cool:
  23. Corvette64
    Joined: Jul 22, 2007
    Posts: 98


    I've been there! I think thats the road going into Sequoia National Park in California
  24. AZAV8
    Joined: May 3, 2005
    Posts: 997

    from Tucson, AZ

    Thanks Ryan and SanDiegoJoe.
    I work at an architect/engineering firm where we do a lot of historic preservation work. As an example, we are the architect for the Balboa Theater restoration in San Diego. I posted the link in the office and everybody was thrilled. Literally. And it brought all the closet car nuts out from hiding under their architecture veneer. And they were surprised that a hot rod website would find these interesting.

    Thanks also for the link to the whole collection. Photography is one of my "other" hobbies, and I love looking at old photos. It gives me a sense of balance in my life and enlarges my historic perspective for my history-loving mind.
  25. Corvette64
    Joined: Jul 22, 2007
    Posts: 98


    Thats "Balanced Rock" inside Garden of the Gods Park
  26. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 4,964

    Shifty Shifterton

    Wow. Whomever took those had an interesing and well traveled life. And a good eye.
  27. streetfreakmustang
    Joined: Nov 30, 2006
    Posts: 307

    from Ohio

    Someone was comparing the pics from then to how the actual street looks today and noted how much "cleaner" and more upkept buildings and streets are today. I can vouch for that. I have some color pics of my area back in the 50's and things sure were dirty.

    That being said I would take the 50's lifestyle and culture over todays any day of the week.
  28. TT66'
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 227


    :eek: Hey Look!! :eek: It's an Old Navy Store Truck!!!:D

    Linden, Alabama Jail House Dec. 7, 1951

    Attached Files:

  29. Junkyard Jan
    Joined: Jan 7, 2005
    Posts: 739

    Junkyard Jan
    Member Emeritus

    I dug the architectural styles of the various older buildings as much as the cars. When I'm in a major city, I'll often go to the poorer neighborhoods looking for unique buildings such as were shown here. Just as one example, I love driving through north Philadelphia on Market St. toward downtown. Even though many are abandoned, there are some gorgeous brownstones and such to be seen.

    Thanks for sharing..:)

  30. widewhitewalls
    Joined: Jul 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,193

    from Michigan

    Speaking of old photos, a friend of mine tipped me off to a website with tons of old photos. The site is called square america and there is an entire section of automotive photos. It's worth taking a look at if you have time to kill.

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