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Old Photos of Old Cars

Post by Steve » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:04 pm

I ran across a bunch of photos with cars in them, from the early 20th century, showing the general area that I grew up in. Should be fun to guess what kind of cars they are. I can spot the Model Ts easily but I'm not positive about most of the others.
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Circa 1914
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Circa 1928
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Circa 1924
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Circa 1920's
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Circa 1911
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Circa 1912
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Circa 1911
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Circa 1936
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Circa 1911

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Post by Steve » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:07 pm

And this one just for fun, from 1925. Love the message on the wagon.

"Some day you will own a horseless carriage. Our gasoline will run it. Gilmore Oil Co."
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Post by Martin Keller » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:09 pm

Hay I know that one it is a FourMule Serietop Conostoga Tanker..... :lol: .....

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Post by HealeyBN7 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:06 am

Steve Simmons wrote:And this one just for fun, from 1925. Love the message on the wagon.

"Some day you will own a horseless carriage. Our gasoline will run it. Gilmore Oil Co."
Steve - Great photos. Two seconds of searching on Gilmore Oil Company proved interesting. E.B. Gilmore was quite the race enthusiast - Gilmore Stadium built in 1934 in LA, Indianapolis 500 entries and a near 400 mph land speed record.

Flipping through the slide deck below highlights some of his accomplishments.

http://www.farmersmarketla.com/history/ ... lide8.html

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Post by malcolmr18zoy » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:11 pm

I found the land speed record car interesting, because in 1947 it became the Railton Mobil special and achieved 396.4 mph, driven by John Cobb. That record stood until, I think, 1966.
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Post by VWNate1 » Tue May 21, 2013 7:26 pm

THANK YOU ! :thumbs: .

I'm not a Native to Cali but I sure do love it here and especially enjoy any old photos .
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Post by Steve » Tue May 28, 2013 8:52 am

Now a few of Simi Valley in the early part of the 20th century

For added fun, who can identify the car in the first photo? It's a tough one, so I'll give some hints if no one gets it.
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Post by Larry Kluss » Tue May 28, 2013 9:32 am

Neat stuff. I used to live a block from the old Santa Susana Hardware building. I've actually been inside, but didn't know it was that old. The street lamps are no longer there.

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Post by gorms68 » Tue May 28, 2013 4:20 pm

The mystery car looks very much like a 1905 Rambler.
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Post by Steve » Tue May 28, 2013 4:46 pm

You got the year right. Or at least I think it is right. I do know that this vehicle was being manufactured in 1905.

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Post by malcolmr18zoy » Tue May 28, 2013 10:08 pm

It looks like a White steam car.
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Post by Steve » Wed May 29, 2013 12:13 am

Not a steam car. I do know that they made both a 2 and 4 cylinder version.

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Post by Robb » Wed May 29, 2013 1:52 pm

Steve,

It's a Tourist like this one, made about 1908. It is two cylinders under the seat. This one is being worked on by Loren Burch in Pasadena. I was just there this morning to check out his MGTC project.

There's at least one Pope Hartford in those photos.
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Post by Steve » Wed May 29, 2013 2:00 pm

Nicely done, Robb! Here is the photo with caption...
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Post by HealeyBN7 » Wed May 29, 2013 3:58 pm

Wow. $1,700 in 1905 is equivalent to $45k today. Not many creature comforts for all that cash. Mobility came at a high price.

Don't suppose they financed it for 6 years, do ya? No wonder they got their picture taken.

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Post by Steve » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:18 am

This isn't that old (maybe early 60's) but what are the odds that in a random photo of the 101 freeway through L.A. there would be an MG TD and and MGA driving next to each other?
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Post by HealeyBN7 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:30 am

Cool photo. You know it is before 63 as all the cars are still wearing their yellow plates.

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Post by Larry Kluss » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:33 am

Also, perhaps a TR3 in front of the MGA?

Good eye, Dean. It looks like a '59 or '60 is the newest car model I can see.

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Post by Martin Keller » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:53 am

I was thinking a Bug Eye from the tail light placement and shape.
I also was laughing at the Ford that is taking two lanes of traffic up...Probably looking at the MG's

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Post by gorms68 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:44 am

So here are a few old car photos I recently scanned from an album of photos that I bought as an album, probably 8 years ago and forgot about until a recent "spring" cleaning.
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Post by VWNate1 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:33 am

Sweet ! .

I like the action shot but the young man and his spiffy '35 Ford DeLuxe is the best :bow: .
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Post by Steve » Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:14 pm

Following up on the photo of the 101 with the two British cars, I just came across this one showing what could possibly be an MG TD on the left. Hard to tell, but it's smaller than the other cars and has a tan roof, suggesting convertible. Shape looks about right. It was labeled as 1940's but looks like early 50's to me.
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I also found this great old photo showing the birth of the tract home in Southern California. This one was titled "moving in day" or something similar. What a great view of a unique period in American history.
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Finally, here is a photo from 1936 of old route 99 (San Fernando Road) at Fletcher Street in the Northern portion of the San Fernando Valley. I located where the photo was taken and then grabbed a Google Street View. Note the Van De Kamp's Bakery building is still there, as is the Standard gas station (Chevron) which is still in business!
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Post by whitebuffalo » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:52 pm

Steve Simmons wrote:Following up on the photo of the 101 with the two British cars, I just came across this one showing what could possibly be an MG TD on the left. Hard to tell, but it's smaller than the other cars and has a tan roof, suggesting convertible. Shape looks about right. It was labeled as 1940's but looks like early 50's to me.
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On the right in the front of the picture in a brownish tan is a 1952-54 Austin Somerset

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Post by rally_x » Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:56 pm

I like old local photos. Here's an old one of the Conejo Grade.

http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/Loyola-101.jpg

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