Saturday, February 14, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Five: Oldsmobile




There were lots of Oldsmobile dealerships in Southern California in 1955 -- sadly, not many of the buildings still exist.
This was Harvey Smith Oldsmobile in Inglewood.

 This was Paola Oldsmobile in La Crescenta.  Half of it is still being used as an automotive shop.
Surprisingly, the former Kaiser Brothers Oldsmobile on South Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles appears not to have been significantly altered.
 
This was Roland Oldsmobile on South Vermont in Los Angeles.
 
 Here are some vintage shots of Los Angeles Oldsmobile dealerships.

I believe I remember hearing that the metal rocket which stood for years at Albertson Brothers in Culver City still exists.  If anyone knows, please let me know.
Hardin Brothers Oldsmobile was not listed in 1955, so at this time (1959 or 1960) it must have been quite new.
Natzel Oldsmobile was at 1253 E. Colorado St. in Pasadena.
Lubik Oldsmobile was in Bordertown, New Jersey, but this is such a great postcard shot I could not resist including it here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Four: Buick



Though the Buick ad did not include dealership addresses, this is a nice shot of Beverly Buick which I found here.  The building still exists, at least.
A 1955 Buick promo model from my collection.  Models like these were often given to the customers' children as well as very graphically showing the various color combinations.  The dealership models did not have friction motors.  The versions with them were sold in toy stores and hobby shops across the country.  I wanted all of them. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Three: Cadillac

Cars were bigger then, and when the artists employed tricky perspectives, they appeared even bigger.


Anna Maria Alberghetti was a Paramount starlet at the time who would go on to great acclaim in the Broadway musical Carnival!  David Rose was a well-known orchestra leader and Judy Garland's first husband. Taking in the rate of inflation, the $1.25 entry fee would translate to about $11 today. 
 Of the fifteen Cadillac dealerships listed in the above ad, only one still exists -- the splendid Casa de Cadillac in Sherman Oaks, CA.
For many more vintage photos, go here. 


Though there are a few other locations which are still auto dealerships (the Beverly Hills location now houses Lexus) they are so greatly altered it's impossible to tell if they are the original structures.  The exterior of the former dealership in Pasadena has not been significantly altered.
This was Clarence Dixon Cadillac on 1440 N. Vine St. in Hollywood.  I'm sure Clarence met many, many stars.
A 1955 Cadillac promo model, from my collection.  Models like these were often given to the customers' children as well as very graphically showing the various color combinations.  The dealership models did not have friction motors.  The versions with them were sold in toy stores and hobby shops across the country.  I wanted all of them.