Sepia Saturday – Just Standing by a Car

Sepia Saturday provides bloggers with an opportunity to share their history through the medium of photographs. Historical photographs of any age or kind become the launchpad for explorations of family history, local history and social history in fact or fiction, poetry or prose, words or further images. If you want to play along, sign up to the link, try to visit as many of the other participants as possible, and have fun.

I seem to have quite a few photos of people and their cars, so I decided to stick with the ones that most approximate the photo prompt. No research or insight – or even a good story – here today, just a roundup of some family photos.

I am no expert on cars, but my best guess is that most of these are cars from the 1940s.  While you scroll through my photos, enjoy Route 66, composed in 1946, and performed here by the songwriter, Bobby Troup.

I’ll begin with my grandfather’s cousin, Pearl (Bill) Hoskins. Bill’s wife sent this photo to my grandfather shortly after his death, thinking, I suppose, that my grandfather would like to have this remembrance of him.

There are a few photos of my mother standing by cars. I think I have placed them in chronological order. The little girl is yours truly.

My mom always seemed to look nearly model perfect in photographs.

This car might be a little too modern for a match, but what do I know? In any case, Mom deserves a third photo.

A day when I played dress up with my Grandmother Abbie.

I believe I was a visitor from France.

I’ll end with this shot of my cousin, beaming from the inside of a car.

(Oh geez! I just realized that I posted this identifying my uncle as his son, my cousin!. Just goes to show, I need to re-read my posts at least a dozen times and then sleep on it before posting.)

Hop in your roadster and take a spin over to Sepia Saturday, where you can see how others have interpreted the prompt.

P.S. I may be a bit sporadic in my participation over the next couple of months. I explained my potential absence in my previous SS post, which I posted so late that only a couple of people saw it. Environmental Impact?

14 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday – Just Standing by a Car

  1. More perfect matches! I’m impressed at how many Sepians have car photos from that era. I miss the curves that automotive styles once had. Too many cars today look inflated like a balloon.

  2. Your mother sure knew how to strike a pose. These are great photos. (I’ll be thinking about you in the coming weeks. Wishing you a good report and speedy recovery!)

    • Unfortunately, I did not inherit the gene for knowing how to pose for a photograph. Thanks for the positive thoughts! Surgery not until 2/4 now, so I’ll see if I can get a head start on some future posts.

      • 1. Grandpa’s cousin’s car – based on the little metal trim and fender extended onto the door, I guess 1947 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe.
        2. Mother #1 – I guess 1940 Ford Deluxe 2-door coupe based on the accordion-looking grill, door handle, metal strip on the windshield
        3. Mother #2 – I guess 1946 Ford Super Deluxe 2-door coupe based on metal trim, fancy trim on back wheel well, overall shape down to the trunk
        4. Mother #3 – I give up but the grill looks much like a Ford. Looks like a metal decoration on the passenger door that fits the Ford. HOWEVER, that green car beside it MIGHT be a 1952 Chevy Fleetline Fastback.
        5. Visitor from France – with EITHER 1952 Oldsmobile Super 88 OR 1953 Chevy Bel Air (guessing) based on the trim package
        6. Cousin MIGHT be in a Studebaker. It has the suicide door, and I know Studebakers had those but probably other cars did too.

  3. Great succession of folks standing next to their cars – or in your cousin’s case, posing inside one. Your Mom made a great model. Such poise! Wish we could have seen your little face in that first shot with your Mom. The video was a nice touch. 🙂

    • I don’t know where my mom got that. She grew up poor – dad was a coal miner and then worked on machines in a slaughter house, she had a high school education – yet all of her photos from a young age show her poise. More of a jazz version of Route 66 than I have heard before.

  4. These were wonderful. I truly love the one of your mom in the slacks with you, the little towhead, in the dress with the petticoats. Why oh why did they dress us in those itchy things?

    Take care of yourself. Thinking nothing but good thoughts for you.

  5. THese are super…you matched the prompt theme excellently. I love your “dressed up” and playing a part to the extent you came to the door to visit (from France no less). Yes, your mother did have a good pose! Amazed at the list of car makes that Wendy posted in a comment.

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