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Deluxe Depot: 1941

Deluxe Depot: 1941

October 1941. "Main Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts." Home to the Deluxe Blueway Lines bus depot and, across the street, the movie palace also seen here. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.


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My Birthplace

Yup. Born at the old Providence Hospital on RT.5 in 1962. I go to Holyoke for work all the time.

Down the other end of Main Street from where AmandaK's photo was shot, was a cool feature I remember as a kid. Just before the intersection with Canal Street, on the right, were a set of enclosed stairs that went up to the elevated train platform. Unfortunately, they are now gone, and that area is more open space. If you use your cursor to scroll down Main Street in her photo, you can see how the area looks now. The old train station is still there.

Apparel & The Oldsmobile

Joseph Saltman's Apparel Store, 343 Main Street, is directly in front of the bus depot. Belarus born Saltman and his Ukranian born wife Fanny/Fannie immigrated to the United States in 1908, but they had previously lived in England as their two oldest children (Mildred & Abraham) were born in Liverpool. The two younger Saltman children were born in Massachusetts (Samuel & Dorothy/Doris). Saltman's original last name was Zalcmanowich.

After working at a confectionery, as a carpenter, and as a peddler, he opened a grocery store in 1918. The store moved at least twice but it existed at least into 1924. In 1924 he opened the apparel store, and he ran this until he died in 1957. After his death his son-in-law Myer Glassman (married to Dorothy) became president.

The car in the foreground is a 1939 Oldsmobile 60 Series 4-door sedan which cost $889 when new (down from $992 the previous year). The 60 Series cars are easily identifiable by the exposed door hinges, which were hidden on the 70 and 80 Series, and the lack of trim on top of the headlights (but could be ordered on the "60"). The sedan, Model Number 393519, weighed 3,000 pounds which was 290 pounds lower than the 1938 model. The car rode on a 115" wheelbase while the engine produced 90 horsepower. Olds produced 14,554 and 1,404 were exported.

One of Many

Scene includes one of the last great hope of the Packard Motor Car Co., a 1936 Model 120. In the late Depression years they were a common sight being a product of a successful business plan. Alas, post war brought the proud company's demise.

Decisions, decisions

Looks as if a couple of drivers couldn't decide whether to parallel or angle park, so they split the difference.


Holyoke today. Destruction of this city only took about thirty years. What were we thinking?

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