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  1. Thanks, John, I appreciate you taking the time to comment.
  2. A picture of what I think is close to being the same vehicle is interesting. It was described in an article as a "1935 Chevrolet at the Berger dealership in Grand Rapids, Michigan". The full pic at the link is worth a look. http://carstylecritic.blogspot.com/2015/10/pontiacs-silver-streak-1935-debut.html The vehicle behind the car is Chevy also, I expect. The front of it can be seen as a reflection in the store window, more of it can be seen at the link. In the window display, there is a sign that says "RADIO". Libraries and newspaper archives are full of great old pics. Can't wait until they all get digitized and catalogued, and become searchable for content.
  3. Thx, knee-action, for responding. From the first photo, I had it pegged as a 1935 Chevy Standard or Master Deluxe. I would defer to your conclusion that it is the Master Deluxe. I am a little confused about the trunk, though. Does this photo show the integral trunk of the sport sedan?
  4. I have noticed that cars appear in a number of the family pictures I have. Sometimes their inclusion is accidental, sometimes intentional, sometimes unavoidable. The more ever-present cars become, the more they appear accidentally in pictures. Early photographs came out better when taken in daylight, this means they were often intentionally taken outside - where the cars just happen to be. Sometimes a car might appear in a photograph in the same way a member of the family or a prized possession might - people in them, people on them, people around them. Sometimes it is the car we are photographing and people just happen to be included, or not. When I started looking through albums of old photographs for cars, I saw the photographs differently. If the photograph had information written on or about it, the details would usually be when, who, and where taken. No one ever wrote on a picture “Such-and-such in a ’72 Ford Pinto 1.6L Kent I4 off to first year college” (and not just because it was a Pinto). Unless the car was the subject matter, it was usually not named. When I would look through family photo folders of digital scans on my PC, I had to look at Extra Large Icons – I couldn’t do file searches for “Chev” or “four door” because I had never entered that information in the image's name or in its metadata. I had to look at a decent preview, sometimes even a magnification, to see if there was an identifiable car in it. I have a lot of photographs and scanned images. What I don’t have is a photographic memory. I might remember that there were cars in the photos and images, but unless I had made a point of identifying the cars, I might not put two-and-two together to realize that a car in one picture is the same as the car in another picture, even if I could find them to compare. This, in fact, is what happened to me with this car. My Mom had a nice picture of her brother smiling out the driver’s window, and she had a picture of two infant nieces of hers on the lawn in front of the family home. At one time she had told me who the people were, but she didn’t say anything about “the car”. In both cases, it was just there. This is a cropped version of the photo of my Mom’s two young nieces, born in 1936 and 1938. In the full version, the car takes up only 1/12th of the image not 1/3 as it does here. The car is not nearly as prominent. There were two photos, actually, from slightly different angles. I chose this one over the other because it shows the rear door handle whereas the tree hides it in the other. The two girls are at the center of both originals, fully in view. Here, they are disinterested; in the other, they are looking at the camera. This is the same house and porch as seen in the pics of part 1 and part 2, just from a different angle. I realize now that this is the same car as the one in the picture above. It wasn't my uncle's car, it was the family car. Therefore, in all likelihood, this would have been my maternal grandfather's third car, the one he drove in 1939, with the radio.
  5. Having determined that my maternal grandfather's first car was likely the '23 Buick Country Gentleman (in part 1), and his second car was likely the 1929 Chevrolet four door sedan (in part 2), I have been looking for a picture of a car that could have more likely been the one that my 14-year-old Mom and her father could have been in when they heard the radio broadcast discussing Canada's declaration of war on Germany. This occurred on September 10, 1939. On another front, I had been looking at a picture of an unknown car with my uncle smiling out of the driver-side window, hands on the steering wheel. The picture only shows the area around this window but there is quite a bit of detail in the picture. My uncle looked to be in his twenties, but it's tricky with old photos. People often look older than they actually are. People grew up faster years ago, it seems. Born in 1919, my uncle joined the Canadian Army when the war came about. I believe this picture was taken before he went overseas, so that would be likely before 1940. The taped up window speaks to a kind of out-for-fun used car mentality. This was all I knew. Because the information available in this picture is rather plentiful, I was able to come up with what I think is a match. But I didn't want to spoil it for anyone who might read this post and want to comment. I haven't been on this forum for very long and only moments ago learned how to resize a picture. I have more to relate, so I am going to make a second comment as a placeholder because I think I can edit it after the fact and keep the story together. If this doesn't work, the rest of the story will follow somewhere below. I'll post it soon.
  6. Interesting to see the hinge action, how the top collapses.
  7. Something to explain how a car with 6 windows can be called a 5-window, I hope.
  8. Thx, DLynskey, I had no idea about the fabric rooftops of pre-1934 cars. (It would probably be an impossible mission to find another '28 Martin Landau.) If the car at the church is different than the Chevy by the porch, it most likely wasn't my grandfather's then. He had the '23 Buick, and then this '29 (or '30) - his next car must be a late 30-something. The picture of the car at the church must just have been a picture of their church. Is there a catalogue-like list at AACA of body types with depictions of the differences? Phaeton, etc. Also for the parts of cars in general. I'd find that helpful.
  9. I would disagree on the hard edge - I think the line is caused by sunlight that just can't bend around the curve or show the gradience of the curve. I would agree that the roof of the church car appears to be mono-texture, i.e. no vinyl. Did all the '29 Chevys like this have that vinyl insert? Having seen your roof, I may be able to see something on the roof of the "porch" car pic, and also on the keiser31 pic, but not really on the wood-spoked car pic. Here is a new-found pic to compare side-by-side to the original pic. This link has a series of pics for this car. https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0118-310983/1929-chevrolet-sedan/
  10. Tinindian, you got me wondering about radio broadcasts. "Nathaniel Nathanson wanted to sell more records, phonographs and radios at his book and music store in Sydney (Nova Scotia). He stocked a good selection of radios and sales were good despite limited reception of signals. On a good night you could pick up three or four U.S. stations, but only after dark and only when reception conditions were right. Nate, as his friends called Nathanson, felt radio sales would be much better if Sydney had its own radio station. So Nate bought a ship's radio and had it altered to work on land. Radio Station CJCB officially went on the air February 14 (1929). It was on the air for one or two hours at lunch time and three hours in the evening. Power was only 50 watts. The "CB" in the call sign represented Cape Breton. CJCB made a frequency change to 890 kHz." It would have been unlikely that my Mom could have listened to the Sydney channel 60 miles away when it only had 50 watts of power, but a new broadcast tower was put up in 1934 that had 1,000 watts. That might have worked after sundown. Country music - explains her proclivity for it later in life. I'll assume disc wheels, then. As to longevity of this car, I am looking through other family pics for newer cars to see how long my grandfather might have had this one.
  11. Thx BF315. I like the motorless car pic, the horsepowerless carriage. For the left rear corner of this car, in the extreme blow up of the church/car picture with the blue circles and red arrows, is there anything else that could account for the light spot the red 2 is pointing at (with red 1 the bumper)? Seems to me that this is a taillight, and if so this car is different from the car in the very first pic of this post, the one parked beside the porch. Too high for a licence plate? The leftmost of these three is just for reference.
  12. In an earlier post entitled "Ancestry and antique cars" I sought and got a good deal of help identifying a car owned by my maternal grandfather. It came up in that post that my grandfather must have owned a newer car in 1939 (that would have had a radio for the story recounted). This is a picture of a newer car of his. Is it new enough to have had a radio? The car is parked just ahead of where the car in the earlier post was parked, same house, same porch. Cape Breton, Canada. This is a closer look at just the car. It's too bad that the photo is faded or was underexposed on the right side or we could see more car. To start off, I would like to note that Keiser31 provided a possible I.D. for this car in the earlier post. "Maybe a 1929 Chevrolet. The taillight is mounted in a different place on this one, but I think it is usually mounted on the spare tire rack. Maybe with the accessory trunk, they decided to move the mounting. The car in your photo looks like a four door sedan." And keiser31 provided a picture... Following keiser31's lead, I looked for and found information on a 1929 Chevrolet four door sedan. It does not have the trunk and can therefore have the taillight in the center. The bumpers can also be more tucked in. If anyone would like to add anything to this post, I would appreciate it. These two photos show spoked and disc wheels were available for this car. Anyone want to express an opinion as to which type my grandfather's car had? (Not sure if I see spokes or linear reflections.) Would a car built in 1929 last until Canada entered the war (in 1939) in an Atlantic coastal village? I thought I would add this cropped pic from my Mom's photo collection (which is where the car pics have come from), which is likely the same car. Does anyone see anything in this photo that could confirm or deny a match? Now that the front end can be seen, does it look like a 4 or a 6? That's salt water behind the church. (Removed a pic that was here, showed a 1929 Chevy four door, from almost the same perspective, but only had two windows per side.) (Restored the pic since it was referenced in the next comment.)
  13. Got it, DM. Thx. I found a similar one with a number of pictures from various angles. I snipped from one that shows what's above the front window, window open.
  14. Thanks, DM, your pic has a perspective that makes it easier to compare. The slight curve in the sides of the windshield are visible, not presumed. Do you know what model this one was? Google search couldn't find a match for your pic. For anyone who may not know, Google can search for pictures and can sometimes find matches. In Google Chrome, right-click on any visible image on a web page and choose "Search Google for image". If Google finds a match, it will offer whatever sizes it finds (helpful if you want a pic of higher or lower resolution). If it doesn't find a match, Google will offer "Visually similar images". A handy extension of this ability is if you want to search the Internet for a picture you have on your own computer, not one you have come across and are viewing on the Web. Open any picture you have with Chrome then right-click on it and "Search Google for image". You will either find the image or be offered the "visually similar". To open an image in Chrome, simply drag the image onto any web page - Chrome will open the image in place of the page you are viewing. (If you don't want to lose the page you are viewing, open a new page then drag-and-drop. This is what Google retrieved as visually similar to DM's pic. If you click on this cropped image from the retrieval page, you can see what else Google offered as matches (I embedded a link). And you aren't limited to using an entire picture. I cropped the license plate from DM's image and did a search for that. Google's analysis and search retrieved this. It figured out the image was of a licence plate. How smart is Google? I just made up this little image, five rough circles, not possibly findable on the Internet. A human would see this as possibly an animal track. Google saw it as "circles". (So, your job is safe for a while.)