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Ex-Okie: 1952

Ex-Okie: 1952

1952. "Photographs show families who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl years. People pictured include Mr. & Mrs. Dinwiddie with daughter Ruth and grandchildren Margaret and Bobby." From photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "What's Become of the Okies?" View full size.

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The Clues

The lovely young lady has obligingly allowed us to see enough of the hood emblem to tell it has "V-8" on it, so that rules out the Champion, making it at least a Commander. Also, the Commander shared the same body and 115 inch wheelbase of the Champion while the Land Cruiser had a 119 inch wheelbase and an additional quarter window in the back doors. I think it's pretty clear there is no quarter window in this car so it's a 1951 Commander.

1951 Bullet Nose

The shiny new Studebaker in question is a 1951 model.
They are standing in front of the chrome strip that would tell if it was a Champion, Commander, or Land Cruiser.

California prosperity

When they arrived in California, they'd never have imagined being the owners of a new car, let alone one of Studebaker's fine bullet nose models of 1950 or 1951. Some other clever Shorpy devotee can name the model and correct year.

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