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Dad's 1939 Pontiac

Dad's 1939 Pontiac

This is the car I literally grew up in, having been born in 1940. Dad and Mom kept this car until about 1949 and traded it for a '48 DeSoto. For me it was like losing one of the family. This is in front of our house in Maplewood, Missouri, about 1946. 616 Negative. View full size.

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I Love This Car

It's looks to be quite roomy, front and especially the back. There would have been lot of space for you play, sans seat belts, in those good old days. Maybe people didn't need seat belts because the cars were made of steel, not the aluminum foil of today's models.

[Today's car's are quite a bit sturdier, not to mention crashworthy. - Dave]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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