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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

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.

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]

 
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