Video of the Day: 1950s snapshot compilation of vintage car scenes

Photos of people and places show collector cars in their original settings

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Buick travelers at a Shell station in the 1950s

Old family snapshots are often more interesting for the vintage automobiles they show than for the half-remembered faces of Uncle George and Aunt Ethel. 

Here’s a collection of 67 photos from the 1950s compiled by the website yesterdaytoday.net, which are pure nostalgia not only for the American cars depicted but for the street scenes, the storefronts and the clothing styles of the era.  Some cool hair, too.

The video is nothing fancy, just a whole of bunch of snapshots – the kind you might have hidden away in the bottom drawer of the dresser – of people on trips to the beach, in their own driveways, even boastful pictures of somebody’s new set of wheels. 

There are also street scenes and parking lots showing colorful arrays of the big, beautiful cars that folks drove back then.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Great video ! ! ! Beautiful cars, beautiful people and a nice simpler time than today.
    LOVED IT….. (and shared it with others).

  2. DAMN!! Didn’t see even ONE piece o’ crap from Korea – just some of the finest automobiles the world has ever seen…ALL MADE OUTTA PITTSBURGH STEEL!! Thanks so much – I TRULY enjoyed it!!

  3. It’s just great, I wasn’t very old in that ara but I was able to recognize most of the cars. That ara soon after ww2 when the us was the biggest, strongest industrial nation in the world, what happened? Oh that’s right, the bottom line of the dollar, yes it was so much cheaper to buy and build overseas, screw the American worker!

  4. I was growing up at that time , saw a lot of cars my folks had. My dad would buy a new car every three years. I remember riding around naming every car and what year it was. The car’s changed body style every year.

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