Category: Motor vehicles

Burbank filling station

18may13gasStationBurbankImage: source unknown.

Everrett E. Sterling filling station and tire shop. Burbank 1939.


Graham “Sharknose”


Image: 1939 newspaper ad from unidentified publication

Graham introduced a dramatically-styled line of cars in 1938 that continued for a few years. The ad above shows quite a few dealers in southern California.

A blogger speculates whether the “Sharknose” car inspired the Batmobile in period comics at . Be sure to click on the link to see photos that show the car from a variety of angles. The linked story includes the fascinating history of the company.

Carl’s Drive In


Image: “Dick” Whittington Collection/USC Digital Library photo via .

Location may be Flower Street at Figueroa in Los Angeles.

“I see that one car owner still has his 1938 plate (3C 17 70), perhaps dating the photo in early 1939. And there’s a 39 Arizona plate on the coupe three cars to the right of the carhop.

“It’s hard for me to ID the cars here too, but I see two 36 Ford sedans, one right by the building and one between the drive-in sign and the carhop; a 36 Ford coupe by the building, a light-colored 38 or 39 Ford coupe at the left by the building, a light-colored 39 Pontiac at lower left, a 37 or 38 Ford slantback 2-door in front of it, a 37 or 38 Chevy coupe two cars to the right, and a 39 Ford convertible with whitewalls clear to the right. Those are the only ID’s I have any confidence in.”

Excerpt: Comment from reader Pete Madsen on the Hemming’s post of this photo at the image link above.

Arvin Co-Op Store


Image: Dorothea Lange photo for U.S. Department of Agriculture via,_Kern_County,_California._Co-op_store_and_gas_station_established_December_1939_in_the_Arvin_F_._._._-_NARA_-_521769.jpg .

Arvin, Kern County, California. Co-op store and gas station established December 1939 in the Arvin Farm Labor Camp (F.S.A.) by sixty camp members each of whom contributed $1 to start the enterprise.

Arvin is 15 miles southeast of Bakersfield, California.

Crocker motorcycles


Image: Photograph of Jack Lilly’s Crocker number 39-61-103 in 1939. This is how this Crocker was originally painted from the factory. The colors were navy blue with red and white pinstripes. It also had a chromed rear brake backing plate, rear chain guard, seat springs and upper shackle. The photograph from the ‘Crocker Motorcycle Co’ collection.

“Al Crocker invented machines that were well ahead of their time in design and function. His bikes were visually pleasing, as Crocker seemed to have a perfect eye for form and balance, for color and simplicity. They were such great examples of fluidity of design that they seemed to be moving, even in still photos. The innovative styling was equally matched by record-breaking performance.”

Image and excerpt from . Click on the link to learn more.

Crocker motorcycles were made at 1346 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles.