Friday, October 7, 2016

Sepia Saturday: Fords, Plymouths, and Buicks Oh My!

Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.

This month Sepia Saturday is all about travel to and fro. Some time ago I was reading the divorce case of my 2X great aunt Sallie Jollett Clift in which she told the judge she had found her husband’s love letters from his mistresses hidden in her stable. Stable? Who has a stable? But it was 1914, after all, so maybe cars were not yet common. Maybe she still relied on a horse and wagon.

I don’t know when my great-grandparents first owned a car, but my great-grandfather Walter Davis was certainly proud of this one.

Walter Davis and car Shenandoah, VA before 1934
Walter Davis before 1934
Shenandoah, VA
Orvin Davis and Mary Eleanor Davis 1929 Shenandoah, VA

My best guess - based on the winged hood ornament - is that his car was a Ford. He died in 1934, so the car predates that year, it’s safe to say.

Velma and Violetta Shenandoah, VA 1928
Velma Davis Woodring and Violetta Davis 1928
in front of their parents' house Shenandoah, VA
In 1928 SOMEBODY owned this car. It was probably Walter. The car was always in front of the house when pictures were taken. The car looks much like the 1928 Plymouth Model Q.

Lucille Davis with Orvin Jr. and cousins Shenandoah, VA
My grandmother on the right

Orvin Jr. at Davis home Shenandoah, VA
Orvin Jr. 1928

Orvin Jr. about 1928 Shenandoah, VA
1928 Rumble Seat
Violetta and Velma and others in the rumble seat 1928
As fun as that rumble seat looks, points for LUXURY go to the Breeden brothers in what appears to be a Buick, judging by those torpedo-esque bumpers.

Wes Breeden, Decatur Breeden, Leota Sullivan, Minnie Breeden, Elta Sullivan, Floral Sullivan
Breeden Brothers and Sullivan Sisters
(my grandfather's cousins) Shenandoah, VA 
While the entire car is not visible, this one driven by my grandmother around 1920-25 takes the prize for those lovely side lamps. Not much of a windshield though.

Lucille Rucker Davis at the wheel
My grandmother
Lucille Rucker Davis
1920-1925 probably
Hop in the touring car and let’s go visit Sepia Saturday.

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  1. Oh my, indeed. Love the '28 Plymouth convertible! So swank in its day, and a restored version today would be the same! :)

  2. Lovely cars - just look how far motor cars have come nowadays.

  3. You have a wonderful collection of vintage family car photographs

  4. It seems we had the same idea this week! It’s amazing that we have so many old photos of cars in our family albums; they were obviously status symbols or sources of pride. Your grandmother especially, looks so at home in the driving seat.

  5. I agree, you have some great photographs of old family cars. Hard to imagine that is a real car in the last photograph. It must have very wide running boards, with a gas tank on one side at least, and no wheels in sight.

  6. Most of my family photos involve cars as no one took out a camera until just when people were leaving! Today few cars can match the classy and photogenic quality of your vintage "automobiles". Who will spot the difference between a Ford, a Volvo, or a Kia in 100 years?