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Car Culture: 1939

Car Culture: 1939

February 1939. "Migrant laborer's family near Canal Point packinghouse, Florida." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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Wally & The Beaver

Better get off the car Beav or Dad's gonna clobber you.

Sheet steel gauges

Try to sit like that on a modern car - and have daddy ground you for denting the body.

Somebody Oughta

Take that piece of angle iron out of the road before those pretty good looking tires are ruined.

1931 Plymouth

Plymouths of that era were big sellers in the Midwest and Canada because they had a well deserved reputation for their ease of starting in freezing winter weather. Having evolved from the Chryslers of the mid-1920s, Plymouths were larger cars than the Fords and Chevrolets selling in the same price range and had the safety advantage of hydraulic brakes, not offered by others until later in the decade.

Mopar for the Course

Culturally speaking, I believe these young fellows have a 1931 Plymouth -- that looks like a Mayflower logo on the top of the radiator grille. The headlights, bumper, windshield visor, and other parts, are all very similar to those on the 1931 DeSoto my father inherited from my grandparents.

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