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Shorpy Saturday – Charlie’s Car: 1948

By Jeffrey Buck

Today’s picture is in beautiful color! A beautiful smile from a big Chrysler.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Charlie’s Car: 1948“:

Charlie Ransom's car 1948

 

“Charlie Ransom’s car 1948.” A big Chrysler that looks like it just came from the orthodontist. Our latest scan from a batch of Kodachrome slides taken in Bay County, Michigan, around Pinconning.

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Guys and Dolls: 1942

By Jeffrey Buck

Chrysler has not called Auburn Hills home for ever. A spring day in Highland Park at the plant.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Guys and Dolls: 1942“:

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Spring 1942. “Detroit, Michigan. Girls coming out of the Highland Park Chrysler plant.” Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information.

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Shorpy Saturday – Futuramic: 1950

By Jeffrey Buck

Detroit, as we all know, is the Motor City. Check out some of it’s finest automobiles at a dealership in New York. Not much has changed inside the windows of a showroom, cars as art.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Futuramic: 1950“:

Futuramic - 1950

February 15, 1950. New York. “Crystal Motors, business at 5901 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn. Exterior II.” On display: the “Futuramic” 1950 Oldsmobile. Large-format acetate negative by Samuel H. Gottscho.

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Shorpy Saturday – Dodge Noir: 1948

By Jeffrey Buck

Although this is a photograph of a dealership in NYC; it says Detroit all over it. I spent some time at Meadow Brook Hall this past weekend and the Dodge Brother’s money has done some great things for the Detroit area.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Dodge Noir: 1948“:

Dodge Noir - 1948

March 24, 1948. “L Motors, business at 175th Street and Broadway, New York City. General view. Morris Lapidus, client.” Need a new car? Go straight to L. Large-format acetate negative by Samuel H. Gottscho.

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Shorpy Saturday – The Automobile

By Jeffrey Buck

As Chrysler, Ford and General Motors continue to recover from the near meltdown of a few years back I’ve selected a few photographs that are automotive related. None of the photos were taken in Michigan but offer a glimpse into times when the automobile culture was much different; from design to fuel to presentation.

Take a look at the photographs entitled:

Downsized: 1977“:

New Chevrolet meets Old Cadillac circa 1977 in Medford, Mass., on the corner of Mystic Avenue and Harvard Street at a service station whose name escapes me. Not the best time for American cars!

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Full Service: 1940

May 1940. “Wiping off windshield at service station in Cairo, Illinois.” 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

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Lincoln at the Capital: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. “Ford Motor Co. — Lincoln at Capitol.” The Great Transportator. National Photo Company glass negative.

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Automakers take a hands-on approach at Cleveland Auto Show

Woodward Spine © 2012

The 2012 auto show season rolled on last weekend, as automakers sent their fleets of vehicles into northeast Ohio for the Cleveland Auto Show.

The show, which bills itself as one of the biggest and longest-running in the nation, is held at the International Exposition Center. It continues through this weekend.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for seniors and preteens. Children six and under get in free. Parking is free.

This year’s show opened up to a renewed sense of optimism, with car sales trending upward and increased levels of attendance at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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2nd Annual MAIN Event

Woodward Spine © 2012

By Jeffrey Buck

Several of the best and brightest designers were recognized January 8 during the 2nd Annual MAIN Event held high above the city of Detroit at Coach Insignia on the 71st floor of the Renaissance Center. Sponsored by Michigan’s Lawrence Technological University, the program celebrated the year’s accomplishments in design and innovation in a variety of industries.

Attendees of the evening represented more than just the auto industry. Guests were welcomed from other sectors including aerospace, medical and defense. This year’s event was also capped off with a fashion show, put on by local designer Fotoula Lambros, showcasing today’s innovative garment design techniques.

Keynote speaker Bob Lutz, an automotive icon in his own right and former Vice Chairman at General Motors, addressed the crowd about the importance of innovation and design in the auto sector. He authored a new York Times Best Seller last year entitled Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business. It was difficult to hear him at times because of the awkward presentation area and sound system but he made it a point to explain the importance that designers have when it comes to new automobiles.

Lutz has concluded that in today’s auto industry quality and reliability are arguably the same at all of the car companies. It comes down to the styling and look of a car to really sell it to the customer. Continue reading

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