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Easter Sunday, 1936

Easter Sunday, 1936

April 12, 1936. Newsboys in Jackson, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung for the Resettlement Administration.

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ChrisB got the vehicle identification right.

The cars with the "Congress" bumper sign is a 1934 Oldsmobile Sedan. Although a 1936 Lincoln has a similar grill it also has 18 horizontal chrome pieces not seen here and does not have the same hood louvers.

To the right is a 1934 Chevrolet Master Series 2-Passenger Coupe - also known as a Business Coupe which cost $560 new and of which 53,018 were produced. The 10 millionth Chevy was produced on November 13, 1934, but it was a 1935 model.

Note the similarities between the Oldsmobile and Chevrolet as they were both produced by General Motors (GM). Olds had the three horizontal hood louvers in 1933 and two horizontal hood louvers in 1934. Chevy's had nearly the same designs, with slightly different placement, but in 1934 - 1936. Amazingly, the Cadillac V-16, also a GM product, also used this design from 1933 - 1935.

Chrysler was in the middle of Airflow production and both Chrysler's and Desoto's look vastly different during this time. Dodge used four horizonal louvers in their 1934 1/2 models, but again the grill is different.

Continuing to the right is a 1932 Ford which looks like a 5-Window Coupe. This was the first year for the Ford V-8 engine which was initially produced on March 9, 1932. This Ford looks like it has some type of accessory horn attached to the headlight tie bar.

In the background is a Desoto and Plymouth Dealer. Farther back is an out of focus sign for 1935 or 1936 Dodge Trucks as well as signs for Dodge and Plymouth cars.


Look at the condition of the sweater on the boy on the left. In my old neighborhood, we had kids coming to school in much worse clothing.

News in Hand

Looks like The Columbus Dispatch to me.


Left to right: 1934 Oldsmobile, 1934 Chevrolet, 1932 Ford.

The cars (subject to correction)

Right to left: Ford V8, Chrysler, Lincoln


Can anyone perhaps identify the cars?

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