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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Hardware

Hardware

One of my grandfather's slides. It said South Bend, Indiana on it. He travelled throughout Indiana setting up store displays for Ace Hardware in the 50s and 60s. View full size.

South Bend - Hillview Dairy & Ace Hardware stores

The Hillview Dairy stores were owned by the Crowel family. This one was in Mishawaka in the Town & Country shopping center just to the right of the Kresges store.

South Bend

I am pretty sure this is on the west side in what I recall as bellevue shopping center, It later became a hooks drugs among other things.

The shop next door.

I just want to know what that pink and blue place next door was.

Packardbaker Alert!

Never mind the Chevys; that's either a '57 or '58 Packard sedan at far right.

Packard had acquired South Bend's own Studebaker in 1954 but by 1956 had shut down manufacturing in Detroit. Packards for 1957-58 were simply Studebakers with leftover '56 and earlier Packard chrome bits. Maligned by the buying public as "Packardbakers," they proved unpopular and the Packard nameplate met its end after the 1958 model year.

Chevrolets

The car on the left is a 1956 Chevy, probably a Bel Air. The gas tank fuel filler was hidden behind the left taillight.

58 Chevy

I am sure that the Chevy on the right is a 58, but not so sure about the one on the left. Leaning toward it being a 55 Chevy Bel Air.

[1956. - Dave]

South Bend

Finally, a photo of my hometown of South Bend, Indiana on Shorpy. No Hillview Dairy stores remain (they had nine locations in South Bend, and nearby Mishawaka). Plenty of Ace Hardware stores extant however. Looks like 1960 Indiana license plates. Can't nail down the specify location however.

 
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