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The Defenderers: 1955

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955. "Wrecked Ford at Georgia Fender." 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955. "Wrecked Ford at Georgia Fender." 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.


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First family car

Was a 49 Plymouth "Special Deluxe" that Dad bought brand new. I don't know if it was the shiny silver rain guards or the pop-up air vent that made it special or the radio.

1955 Plus 1

In 1954 Hubert L. Pollock (1920 - 1985) and William L. Renny Pollock were both working for Aetna Finance. By 1955 they were running the Dixie Fender & Body Works at the 410 14th Street location shown in the photo. An advertisement for their business from the Columbus city directory is below. The business seems to have lasted only a year. Hubert Pollock opened the Hugh Motor Company selling used cars by 1956.

The business name then changed to the Georgia Fender and Body Shop, and was operated by Curtis A. Newton, John C. Bush, and James A. Bush. Newton may have left by 1958 as his name is no longer shown with the firm in the city directory. The business continued into at least 1959; however, by 1960 the name changed again.

The new business was named Arnold's Fender and Body Shop owned by W.T. Arnold. His advertisement from the Columbus city directory is also below. Prior to managing this shop he was the proprietor of Arnold's Garage.

1939 Ford

1939 and '40 Fords were some of the best looking cars ever designed. The coupes, like this one, were particularly nice. Too bad this one got crumpled.

The Plymouth

That Plymouth is a 1949. Flathead six. My first car with a 1950 Plymouth. Same body, less ornate grill & bumper.

49 Plymouth

Rowdy, I will rise to the defense of the 49 Plymouth. Ours was a 4 door (this looks like a 2 door), slower than a herd of turtles, upright and round as a derby hat, but a well-built, reliable car that had a pretty nice dashboard for its price. It came to us by way of Aunt Myrtle (I am not clear on exactly whose aunt she was) and remained reliable until my older brother started driving and learned how to induce backfires in the torpid flathead 6. Blew off a muffler or two and I think screwed up timing/carburetor or something.

Unidentified and Unloved

Sad! No one identified the poor, unloved, non-collectable Plymouth! I remember an aunt, back in the late '50's, who had one like that - I thought it was the most boring, uninteresting car I had ever seen. Today at old car shows I enjoy seeing them, as they represented the "everyman's" car.

Ok, Since no one else ID'd the cars:

It's a 1939 Ford DeLuxe coupe. That one additional center bumper guard the owner added to the front didn't't help much. To the left is a 1950 Ford and parked in the back is a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop coupe. A model much coveted today.

[Round parking light on the Ford makes it a 1951. -tterrace]

[Plus, this Ford has two "spinners." The 1950 had one. - Dave]

There's something familiar about this scene

Did someone drive that wreck all the way from Oakland?

No worry

That'll buff right out.

Home-grown drink

Royal Crown Cola, or RC Cola, was founded in Columbus, not far from this very location. Columbus is sort of a snack food haven, being also the place where Tom's Snacks was founded. I drank an RC and ate a pack of Tom's peanut butter crackers for many a lunch when I worked in Columbus.

"Get lost, kid"

Those places always had a grimy pop machine, and every kid in the area knew it, but they didn't like you hanging around very long.

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