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I have this original sales brochure which was offered by Leonard Williams distributor in London England. The cover shows a 1937 Packard Super Eight LeBaron All-Weather Town Car.  The license plate is 1937 New York.There are two women passengers.

1. Who are the women?

2. What is the location?



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Since it's a sales catalogue, the women are 

probably two long-forgotten models.


The building looks like a hotel or public auditorium

of some kind.  Nice pre-war architecture--but no one

would really pull up on the sidewalk just a few

feet away from the wall of the building!

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Interesting questions, I have done similar research on Graham-Paige advertising.  I was able to find one of the models identity (small starlet in the 1930s).  The buildings are normally fairly prominent Hotels, mostly around Detroit (from my research), one of the absolute favorites is Belle Isle in Detroit.  I have seen pictures of almost automobile built in Detroit from the 1930s in this park.




This is where the 1937 New Your Auto Show was held, my guess is it might be this building.



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Not looking to hi-jack your thread PackardMan.

In the 50's & 60's GM, Ford and others found it chic to shoot ads of their cars here in Palm Springs. Sadly, (in true California fashion), most of the buildings have been razed. 






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On 12/4/2019 at 11:51 AM, GregLaR said:

In the 50's & 60's GM, Ford and others found it chic to shoot ads of their cars here in Palm Springs.


And just like the Packard on the sidewalk, the cars are always so close to the swimming pool that if you actually exited the car you would likely fall in. 

But I guess that it does get the car, the foreground and the background all into one image to tell a story. 


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Is this a puzzle for you, or is it supposed to be a puzzle for us? If these women are famous, then the blonde might be either actress Joan Blondell or actress Jean Harlow, but there were a lot of platinum blonde actresses in the '30's, so it's hard to tell. She looks a bit too young to be Mae West or Marlene Dietrich, and doesn't really look like them anyway. I'm going to guess Joan Blondell, but I really can't tell.


The most beautiful blonde actress of the 1930's  (and possibly all time) was Carole Lombard, but she had a somewhat more natural blonde look. The lady in the picture looks more platinum.

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