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Interlude: 1941

October 1941. "Amsterdam, New York. Street scene." (Meanwhile, back in Europe and Japan ... ) Medium format negative by John Collier. View full size.

October 1941. "Amsterdam, New York. Street scene." (Meanwhile, back in Europe and Japan ... ) Medium format negative by John Collier. View full size.


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'39 Buick

The car making a turn towards the back looks like a '39 Buick. I'm a big Buick fan, but something about the front end of the '39 model year makes me wince.

So Which Is It?

A 1939 Ford or a 1940 Ford?

Hays & Wormuth

According to Google, Hays & Wormuth Insurance still exists in Amsterdam. Local brand, but strong brand.

Car ID

The car on the right is a 1940 Ford standard. The '39s had different wheels and hubcaps. The other cars were identified correctly in previous comments.

No Free Parking New York Style

Oklahoma City has the dubious distinction of having installed the first parking meter on July 16, 1935. The fare was a nickel an hour.

By 1941 hundreds of thousands of the nickel snatchers had been installed in other urban areas, though it seems that parking was not at much of a premium on this street, at this time of day, since most of the parking spots are empty.

It's all changed now

This shot is looking generally north up Church St. from E. Main. It was and still is New York Highway 67. The spire marks what was Second Presbyterian Church in 1941. It became United Presbyterian when it merged with Emmanuel Presbyterian in 1995. The building was destroyed by fire in 2000. All other buildings visible in the photo are gone as well.


In reponse to Bohneyjames, the grille and lights, and hood and some other stuff inside is different between the '39 and '40 Fords. In this case it's a 1939 version. Why? Well, the earlier model didn't have wing window in the front doors, and the '40s do.

Nice scene

I notice parking meters too. Wonder when the first use of them was?

Standing on the Corner

Something folks don't do as much as they used to.

Where I grew up (Attleboro, Mass.), men would stand on the sidewalk, both individually and in groups, and pass the time.

I rarely see that today. Standing on the corner seems to be a lost art.

The cars are:

1936 Dodge "Humpback" panel, 1937 Ford, 37-38 Willys, 1940 Pontiac.


Wow you can fit a whole family in those pant legs.

The Car Making a Turn

in the background is not a Chevrolet, it is a 1940 Pontiac sedan. The car at the curb is a 1938 Willys Overland. The car closest on the right is either a 1939 or 1940 Ford 2dr sedan; without seeing the grille or tail lights, it's hard to tell...

The car at the curb

gives me the willies. 1937 or 38, to be precise.

The car with the funny looking nose

appears to be a 1937 Willys.

3 out of 4, not bad.

1937 Dodge Van, 1937 Ford, 1940 Chevrolet. The car at the curb- Not sure.

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