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Problem Solved: 1952

Problem Solved: 1952

        "So as you can see, Mr. Smith, pencils and spark plugs are not interchangeable."

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1952. "Pope Motor Co. service garage." 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

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Failing Elastic

I see that Mr. Smith's socks are already at half mast; I remember those socks! Walk a hundred feet, pull up the socks, walk another hundred feet, pull up the socks again....

Spark plugs??

I can't even find them on these new vehicles of today.

The name seems familiar

Oh, yes, now I know ... John A. Pope Motor Co. previously appeared in Shorpy here.

Georgia corporation records show that Pope Motors incorporated in 1947 and dissolved itself in 1994. They were sited at 1303 3rd Avenue North, corner of 13th Street.

War Stories?

That mechanic sports a tattoo on his left arm that consists of an anchor - perhaps he was a Marine or sailor during WWII. It's quite possible the customer was a vet, too. Maybe he has wartime tattoos of his own under that jacket.


This is the point where little Jimmy Smith lays on dad's steering wheel and scares the bajeebers out of dad and the mechanic.

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