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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Ex-Okie: 1952

Ex-Okie: 1952

1952. "Photographs show families who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl years. People pictured include Mr. & Mrs. Dinwiddie with daughter Ruth and grandchildren Margaret and Bobby." From photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "What's Become of the Okies?" View full size.

The Clues

The lovely young lady has obligingly allowed us to see enough of the hood emblem to tell it has "V-8" on it, so that rules out the Champion, making it at least a Commander. Also, the Commander shared the same body and 115 inch wheelbase of the Champion while the Land Cruiser had a 119 inch wheelbase and an additional quarter window in the back doors. I think it's pretty clear there is no quarter window in this car so it's a 1951 Commander.

1951 Bullet Nose

The shiny new Studebaker in question is a 1951 model.
They are standing in front of the chrome strip that would tell if it was a Champion, Commander, or Land Cruiser.

California prosperity

When they arrived in California, they'd never have imagined being the owners of a new car, let alone one of Studebaker's fine bullet nose models of 1950 or 1951. Some other clever Shorpy devotee can name the model and correct year.

 
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