Archive for the ‘Period Photographs’ Category

1955 Oldsmobiles: Showroom New

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

It’s late in 1954 and the 1955 Oldsmobiles have recently arrived at this New York city showroom. The all new Oldsmobiles must have looked pretty impressive to passer-byes that evening. Pictured are a Coral and Polar White Starfire convertible and a Caspian Cream and Bronze Metallic Holiday 88.
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Ernie Banks- Hall of Famer and Plymouth Salesman

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

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Ernie Banks is my all time favorite baseball player. I truly believe that he may be the happiest man on the face of the earth. His eternal optimism and perpetual smile to anyone who has never followed him would at first probably seem like an act. But for someone who has followed him for 40 years I can tell you that Ernie’s happiness is sincere.

Ernie played in an era where ballplayers would work during the off season to pick up a few extra bucks. Some guys worked construction, others dug graves, anything to make some money. Ernie Banks sold Plymouths and I bet he was good at it. With Ernie’s charm, I could see him turning a Valiant looker into a Fury buyer in no time.

The pictures here were taken on November 4th 1959. Ernie was working that day when he found out he was named the National League MVP for the second straight year. You can see Ernie sitting in a Valiant reading the press release about his MVP award. I’ll bet Ernie sold a few Furys that day!

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The 1958 Bel Air Impala- “Lower and Longer, Wider and Stronger… Deep Down New”!

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

In 1958 David Ekman was a young Swedish citizen living in Chicago.  The U.S. was in a recession and import car sales were booming, accounting for 10% of U.S. car sales that year.  Being a practical Swede,  David could have chosen a Volkswagen or a Renault to buy but David chose the flashy all new Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe.  David walked into “Z” Frank Chevrolet in February 1958 and walked out with a brand new Silver Blue Impala.  David’s Swedish practicality did come through in his engine choice by going with the more fuel efficient and $107 cheaper 6 cylinder engine.

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Pictures Copyright David Ekman