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Leaving Town: 1959

Leaving Town: 1959

I purchased this slide dated December 1959 at a swap meet. There was no other information printed on it. Where could this be? View full size.

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The first year for power steering on Chevrolets was 1953, not 1954, according to original factory brochures, and it was offered on all models.

With all due respect

That's a 1936 Smoot-Hawley, sporting the 582 cubic inch triple overhead cam option and it looks to have about 61,379 miles on the odometer, give or take a league or two. Ambient temperature is 38 degrees centigrade, the highest recorded figure for the month of February in Old Lower East Flotsam, Connecticut, since they began keeping records in 1612. Oil filter needs changing.

One more thing

I'm always amazed at the detective work done by Shorpy members. I am a bit surprised, however, that the make and model of the car hasn't been mentioned. It's a 1954 Chevy.

Lincoln Year

The year 1959 was Abraham Lincoln's 150th birthday, so Indiana honored him by replacing the "Drive Safely" slogan on their passenger car license plates with "Lincoln Year." An example of the license plate is below. The "Drive Safely" slogan was used all other years from 1956 through 1962.

The car in the parking lot is a 1954 Chevrolet 210 Deluxe Series 4 door sedan, the mid-level model between the lower model 150 Special Series and the upper model Bel Air. Base price was $1,771 and it weighed 3,230 pounds. This was the first year that Chevy offered power steering ($135), power brakes ($38), power front seat ($86), and electric front windows ($86). With 235,146 of this model produced it was the Deluxe Series' most popular model.


It's fascinating.

I've been trying to discover the exact location of the bench and the camera angle. The puzzle led me to the concrete bases of the 'parking' obelisks to be discovered, in the streetview pics right next to the fence on the right. The back one is crooked, the front one is right next to the fence.

Hard work ahead

Well, it looks like the Shorpy Nation has solved the easy part. Now let's find out who the woman is...

Wrong Date?

Hammond might be correct but you wouldn't expect to see green foliage and short sleeves in December.

[Slide mounts were printed with the month the film was developed. -tterrace]

Great detective work!

Thanks to everyone for the great detective work in finding out the location of the photo!

Bus Stop

Looks like she was waiting on State Street. The white building with tan brick next to the car is still there. If you "drive" down Sohl Avenue you can see it. The parking lots are still there, just fenced now.

Here's the Street View of where she was standing:

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A Christmas Story.

Hammond, Indiana, was the home of Jean Shepherd, and locale of many of his stories.

Star Sheet Metal

Star Sheet Metal was at 5334 Sohl Avenue in Hammond, Indiana. The building is still there, recognizable in Google Street View.

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Star Sheet Metal Works

Listed June, 1961

General and Industrial Sheet Metal
5334-5338 Sohl Avenue--Hammond, Ind.
WEstmore 2-0633

Hammond, Indiana, perhaps?

Recently Deceased Owner

David Roth Mandel, 93 of Munster, IN passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014.
David was the owner of Mandel's Reliable Furniture in Hammond, IN.
Birth: Apr. 16, 1920
Death: Feb. 17, 2014


Looks like Mandel's Reliable Furniture and Star Sheet Metal Works were both in Hammond, Indiana. But I'm guessing I'm not the first person to get that far.

Mandel's Reliable Furniture

David Roth Mandel, 93 of Munster, IN passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014. He was the owner of Mandel's Reliable Furniture in Hammond, IN.

David Roth Mandel obituary

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Let's try Hammond, Indiana.

Possibly in IN

There was a Mandel's Reliable Furniture in Hammond, Indiana.

So that's a place to start, but given that Hammond is on the border between Gary and Chicago, and that this is the age of the car, the ad on the bus bench could pretty far away. Anyway, it's a start.

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