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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Product Placement: 1938

Product Placement: 1938

November 25, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Ford Motor Co. New medical center parking garage." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Oh! To go back into time!

Just the ability to go back into time and retrieve what is today we call relics or artifacts, and then magically bring them into the present day.

Tjaardesque

These are probably my favorite Ford stylings, which I believe were from the pen of Tom Tjaarda. Tjaarda was (again, if I am correct) responsible for the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr which strongly influenced the "look" you see here.

My grandpa had a '39 Tudor Deluxe which is recalled as being what could be best described as a shade deeper than "Crest Toothpaste" green. It was a lovely machine despite the color portrayal.

Cars of Detroit

1939 Lincoln Zephyr, Mercury 8 (1st year) & Ford Deluxe Tudor look great. Yes, double sided whitewalls were a dealer option. Wish I could get these new today! Too bad they didn't use color photography.

Left to Right

1939 models of Lincoln, Mercury and Ford.

Line 'Em Up

No parking stripes yet -- although it's been my experience in situations like this that the first vehicle to park tends to set the geometry for how everyone else parks.

A pain to clean

It appears that the tires on these cars have white sidewalls on both sides. Was that common in 1938?

 
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