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Nob Hill: 1959

Nob Hill: 1959

Here's a view of California Street in San Francisco, with the photographer's back to Nob Hill. I like the orange & white station wagon! Anscochrome, 1959. View full size.

Sedan Delivery

The orange and white Chevy sedan delivery is a '54 with its distinctive vertical grille teeth removed! I wonder if some hot-rodder stole them since they were popular items--they placed more of them in their own '54 Chevy's grilles for that custom touch. Black coupe going down the street is a '49 or '50 Ford and parked at right is a c52-54 Ford.

That station wagon

That's actually a Chevrolet "Sedan Delivery," 1953 I'd say. Sort of a cross between a van and a station wagon, generally with a front seat only. Often used, as the name implies, for delivering smaller items, but I remember seeing them used by plumbers and electricians.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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