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Old 02-25-2021, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Drive through Chicago in the early Forties

Take a look at this Video of cars driving through Chicago in the early Forties.
I know that the Video says Thirties, but as you watch it, I can see a 1942 DeSoto as one of the cars shown.
Early on, there is a 1936 Ford with the Accessory Chrome Trim, as well as 1933 and 1934 Fords.
It is not too long, but very enjoyable for old car guys to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid...ature=youtu.be
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Old 02-25-2021, 08:56 PM   #2
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Here is a picture from that Video showing the 1936 Ford Cabriolet with the Pines Trim.
It is a very enjoyable short Video and worth taking the time to watch it.
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Old 02-25-2021, 09:27 PM   #3
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I actually think there are two different film segments, one from the thirties and one from the forties. If you watch carefully, there are no cars newer than the mid-thirties up to almost the one minute mark. After that, there are a lot of forties cars. In addition to the DeSoto, I saw Plymouths, Chevrolets, and others. At 3:09, there is a '41 Ford parked by the curb.

Good clip, though.
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Thanks for sharing mercman. Always enjoyable to jump back in time with these old clips.
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Old 02-25-2021, 10:00 PM   #5
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Wow, that's really nostalgia. Seems like staying in your lane was challenging.
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Old 02-26-2021, 09:50 AM   #6
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Having grown up in Chicago back then I can relate to this video. Got my drivers license in 49. Driving down a side street with parked cars and on coming traffic was interesting at best.
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Seemed like every driver just went where they wanted without signal lights or hand signals.
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Seemed like every driver just went where they wanted without signal lights or hand signals.
Yaa! Just like today
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Old 02-26-2021, 11:01 AM   #9
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Look at the lack of those crazy wide white walls we see on everything these days....
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Old 02-26-2021, 11:31 AM   #10
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The first segment is Chicago, appears to be southbound traffic on Michigan Avenue. The second segment in the 40's appears to be New York City.
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It also looks as though "jaywalking" was the national pastime.
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For whats it worth, the movie marquis says "Son of Kong" which google has it aired in 1934.
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The first segment is Chicago, appears to be southbound traffic on Michigan Avenue. The second segment in the 40's appears to be New York City.
"Times Square Hardware" and "Times Square Motors" are prominent when the traffic has stopped at about the three minute mark
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That traffic looked crazy. One of my high school classmates, in the mid 60's, had a '42 Desoto Fifth Avenue 4 dr sedan. Boy, that thing was opulent: covered head lamps, cigarette holder/dispenser in the center of the steering wheel and gobs of legroom in the back.
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Old 02-26-2021, 02:21 PM   #15
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1936 Illinois plates in the first segment. Sign for "Times Square Motors" in the later segment. DD
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Old 02-26-2021, 04:47 PM   #16
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Here is a picture of that 1942 DeSoto on the streets of Chicago or New York?
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That's the later segment: New York city ("New York city? Get the rope!")

But what's that trike thingy? Cushman? Were other motorcycle companies making light delivery vehicles back then? Or does that look home made?

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Old 02-27-2021, 07:16 AM   #18
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I got these videos from a weekly email I've been receiving from The Old Motor. Here's a link:

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I highly recommend it.

Hmmm... The link doesn't work but you can copy it an paste in your browser.
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That's the later segment: New York city ("New York city? Get the rope!")

But what's that trike thingy? Cushman? Were other motorcycle companies making light delivery vehicles back then? Or does that look home made?
Almost looks more like one of these early Harley police trikes with a box cobbled upon it. DD


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Here's your link! DD


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