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03-20-2009, 04:08 PM
I don't know how many here on the forum are aware of the treasure trove of Studebaker information and pictures located in various collections across the country. Many photo archives are online and available for viewing. I have posted a few from archives in the past so long as there are no use restrictions. This one in Utah I've known about for a long time and would really like to post pictures from, but I think there are restrictions. If you go to this link and do a search for Studebaker you'll be rewarded with some really GREAT pictures from the past.


I wish the SNM archives could do something like this (nudge, nudge).

03-20-2009, 04:20 PM
cool link to some early studes and the buildings. Wagons, early electrics, early gas.


03-20-2009, 04:22 PM
You're really onto something here!! I googled a couple of big city archives around here. I only found one Studebaker photo for the City of Edmonton, but Vancouver has some real good ones! Best yet, one can order hi-res prints.[^]


From the Glenbow archives:


then to Archives Photographs


03-20-2009, 04:28 PM
Very neat.
Number 8 was an impressive car. The Fire Chiefs car # 27 was also impressive. Thank you for posting the link and the topic.

Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

03-20-2009, 04:37 PM
I'd like to go for a spin with these guys! WOO-HOO!

Lookit the leg room for the guys up front. If that's the gas tank over the rear wheels, I ain't sure which seat would be safer in a wreck![xx(]


1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

03-20-2009, 08:39 PM
The Utah site is really good at prewar photos - which we don't usually see. And the Vancouver site has some real beauties pictured.

03-20-2009, 09:37 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

The Utah site is really good at prewar photos - which we don't usually see. And the Vancouver site has some real beauties pictured.

I think my favorite has to be the photo of the two delivery trucks; one with the "British Columbia Gramophone and Talking Machine Co." on the side.:)



03-20-2009, 09:48 PM
I agree. That's one of my favorites. All those great trucks and how many are left? I want one baaaad...

03-20-2009, 11:28 PM
I got lost in those great photos. Great find. I guess there was one photographer around the turn of the century that appreciated a great automobile. He photographed the Studebaker building quite a few times. Thank goodness he did, because he preserved it for us. He must have been a Studebaker owner himself. I love the pictures with the guy in front of the post office parked in front of a bicycle. Was that what you had to choose from in those days, a bicycle or an electric ride if you could afford one? And I never saw a street so empty. It was like he was the only one on the road. A great trip down memory lane. That's for the links.


1951 Commander Land cruiser

03-21-2009, 12:30 AM
What's interesting is they have a format similar to this one:


When I had a car or locomotive I wanted to model I would flip through their photographs to find the detail or number I was looking for. This site made for a very handy tool(there I go again, lol) in looking for names, numbers, specific details, or whole items that I wanted to replicate(well scratchbuild). There were a couple of hitches though;

The B&W glass plates made for mild entertainment when it came to figuring out colors.

In my case, what might appear in the "family photograph" or the dressed up photo wasn't representative of the actual item. For example, never in my life did I come across many a caboose or coal hopper that had whitewalls.

However, if SNM wanted something that would benefit all of us needing a quick lookup, and it was on the web, this would be a wonderful thing to utilize. Of course I'm biased toward having a massive library, or more than one library of most anything in one spot on the web. :D


03-21-2009, 09:21 AM
Near the bottom of this page are links to every state's digital collection. Of course most states have several, but I guess these are considered important.