“The American really loves nothing but his automobile: not his wife his child nor his country nor even his bank-account first… but his motor-car. Because the automobile has become our national sex symbol. ”
― William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust
Hollywood! 1956 – A couple of hip chicks from Illinois strike a pose behind the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Grauman’s Theater on N. Orange. The mint green 1955 Chevy 210 4-door sedan.
Daytona Beach — 1956
Ice Fishing – Early 1950s
Somewhere in cold Michigan’s thumb
The Old Car – 1954
Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans – 1958
Canoe Run – 1951
This 1943 (?) Pontiac Coupe really IS bigger than a boat. Cool two-tone and fenders into doors on this Detriot monster.
Southeast Vacation — 1956
At the Lake – 1952
Dairy Creme, Oklahoma – 1956
RCA Building Times Square, NYC – 1953
Joshua Tree — 1947 (not 1950s but I love this photo)
Bandshell, Sanford, FL – Early 50s
Bandshell on Lake Monroe (St. John’s River) in Sanford, Florida. Submarine Chaser SC679 sits ready.
Teepee Drive-in / Buffalo Burgers
Grand View Ship Hotel — 1953
Thanksgiving blizzard 1950 – Xenia, Ohio
Moccasins, Indian Rugs, Jewellery, Curios – early 1950s
The Smiling Irishman, Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA – 1952
Logan, WV – 1950
Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, 1967
A cream 1955 Chevy Bel Air with surfboards in tow is braking as it crosses Lewers St. on a green arrow. The Ala Moana Building’s “Top of Waikiki” rotating restaurant can be seen above and behind the distinctive Bank of Hawaii / Galleria tower.
1952 Buick Super — Clearwater, FL
Period photo taken in front of a Cracker frame home somewhere in Clearwater.
Steven begrudgingly poses with his chick magnet, a Nash Metropolitan. (A Series III with air scoops?)
Bulletproof Whitewalls — 1958 Oldsmobile
Somewhere near Niagara Falls.
Town Hill Hotel — 1948 (as above)
Little Orleans, MD. Love the mood here. From Town Hill Mt., you can see three states!
1954 Mercury Monterrey
Photo taken in 1955
1951 Ford Crestline
Cadillac in D.C. — 1950s
Marilyn Monroe look-alike and husband strike an all-American pose with the new car, a 1952 Cadillac convertible in rich burgundy with natural interior.
Afternoon Sun on the Chevy — 1950
Ft. Wayne, IN – 1955
Ice Fishing from the ’46 Chrysler New Yorker
Somewhere in Michigan’s thumb district around 1955.
Mom and her ’55 Ford Fairlane Sunliner, 1956
In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s one from from our own closet of Mom in Ft. Lauderdale (pre-me) with her ’55 Sunliner.
Parade, Rhinelander, WI – 1956
Note the 1955 Nash Statesman.
Ft. Wayne, IN – 1955
Photos and captions via ElektroSpark