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Midcentury Mom: 1952

"1952." Our young man returns, this time on the arm of an attractive older woman. Natty attire all around. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

"1952." Our young man returns, this time on the arm of an attractive older woman. Natty attire all around. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

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Mama has a Polish nose

And given the brown hair she & Dad (previous picture) sport with a blond little offspring and the fact they're in the Pinconning area, I am going to make a guess that they're Polish or at least part. Lots of Poles in Pinconning and we tend to start out blond and change hair color around 9-12 years old.

Bicycle clip

I don't remember plastic bicycle cuff clips. I was born in 1941 and grew up in an era where items like bicycle clips were still made of metal.

This is a great photo and sure brings back memories. I remember those Plymouths. They were Chrysler's answer to Ford and Chevy but they didn't even have a form of automatic transmission until 1953 when they introduced "Hy Drive" which was nothing but the old Chrysler fluid drive.

Chevy and Ford had full automatic by 1950-51. Remember "Fordomatic"?


The Plymouth must be either a 1951 or 1952 based on the bumper.

In 1950 Plymouth used a bumper that had a character line along the bottom and bumper guards that tapered towards the top.

The 1951 and 1952 Plymouth bumpers were smooth and had more beefy bumper guards that had almost no change in width from top to bottom.

As the rest of the body from 1950 - 1952 hardly changed, it is easy to miss these minor model year differences. Photos of a 1950 (red) and a 1952 (blue) are below.

Camping anyone?

You can see the camping trailer next to the shed in the distance. Wonder if it belongs to this family.

[Stay tuned. - Dave]

I knew that kid looked familiar


Swing Coat

My Mom made me a coat like that in Green. Wore it for years. I am still around and all our children are in their 50's. Good years for our age group..too young for the wars andthere was prosperity most of the time.

And where were they?

I was disappointed that they stood in front of the license plate.

Box of Kleenex

The obligatory box of Kleenex can be seen on the shelf of the rear window in the car. Our 1952 Oldsmobile had a box of Kleenex there also. It must have been the place of choice for the tissues back then. My parents' first car was a 1950 Plymouth Special four door sedan. $2,011.01 cash on delivery.


Mom's wearing a swing coat, a popular style in the 1940s and early '50s that's enjoying a revival today. Junior's getup is still waiting to be rediscovered.

Early Boomer

This boy, like me, is an early Boom Baby. Because I, and maybe he, was born in '47, high school graduation was 1965 -- this is the year the Class of '65 turns 65. As of now, 10,000 of us are turning 65 EVERY DAY! Here's hoping this guy has enjoyed the advantages of boomerism as I have.

First car

Sure looks like a 1950 Plymouth. Mine could leave rubber in two gears, and if I popped the clutch just right could make the fan belt squeal and sound like it was leaving rubber in all three gears.

Never pulled those stunts with my brother in the car or in our neighborhood for obvious reasons.

He's a Mama's Boy

What a darling picture! She is a proud Mom and he looks just like her. The colors are just glorious and crisp. The snapshots of this little fellow and others have been a treat! Thank You.


It makes me sad to know that she's most likely pushing up daisies and the kid is in his 60s, if not deceased himself, his children (if any) don't even have the wonderful slides that their grandparents took.

The car was probably scrapped a long time ago, the stylish clothes gone to the landfill.

But despite all that it might cheer me up to know what's in the kid's hand?

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