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  • Great old dealer photo c1928 Antwerp NY

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    This from a old real photo post card. Interesting street scene showing a Studebaker - Chevrolet - Nash dealership c1928 (Alton's garage in Antwerp, NY). Lots of other interesting things to see like the old curb side gas pumps selling Socony gasoline at 22c per gallon, Mobiloil, Firestone tires signs etc. Other interesting features include the enclosed balcony over the gas pumps the "road apples" and another gas station up the street. If there was Studebaker vehicle in the photo it would be perfect. Unfortunately the car most prominent in this scene is not. Maybe a Auburn or Hudson but not sharp enough to be sure.
    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

  • #2
    Wow! Look at the size of that church at the end of the street; what an edifice. I wonder if it still exists, but am too lazy to Google Earth the area.

    An impressive, interesting photo, Dick; thanks. BP
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    • #3
      Bob, if you think that is big, you should see the churhces in Brooklyn, NY. It was known, when it was its own city, as the City of Churches!!
      1957 Studebaker Champion 2 door. Staten Island, New York.

      "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        Originally posted by FlatheadGeo View Post
        Bob, if you think that is big, you should see the churhces in Brooklyn, NY. It was known, when it was its own city, as the City of Churches!!
        Yes, but how many people did Brooklyn have (millions?) versus Antwerp, NY in c.1928?
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          Good question, Gary. I do not have the answer. Most of the churches (Roman) were built like medieval cathedrals.
          1957 Studebaker Champion 2 door. Staten Island, New York.

          "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            Is there a street name on the card to make a google map search easier?
            63 Avanti R1 2788
            1914 Stutz Bearcat
            (George Barris replica)

            Washington State

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JBOYLE View Post
              Is there a street name on the card to make a google map search easier?
              What you see is what there is.
              Richard Quinn
              Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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              • #8
                my google earth skills arent the best. but from what I can tell, the chruch is gone or remodeled without the bell tower.
                1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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                • #9
                  Hi everyone, been lurking for years it seems but after seeing the scene from Antwerp, NY I just had to say Hi! I live about 20 miles from Antwerp and have a brother-in-law who lClick image for larger version

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                  • #10
                    well crap. I was searching in town, kind of avoided the highway/main st. pretty cool to see the old building still standing. I wonder what kind of treasures can be found inside.....
                    1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for taking the time to take and post the current pictures. Interesting to see that the buildings still exist after all these years.
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                      Searcy, Arkansas
                      1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                      1952 2R pickup

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                      • #12
                        Amazing that the old building has survived in its original unaltered form! Thanks for the detective work and for posting the great images. If your brother-in-law would like a high resolution image of the original real photo post card without the water mark just let me know and I will email it. Now you have to find the owner of that building and check the attic to see how many of those original old signs are still up there (along with the Studebaker parts!).
                        Richard Quinn
                        Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                        • #13
                          I know it was still an active auto repair garage in 1964 as a friend of mine took me there to check on his '53 Chevy that was being repaired there. Most of the stores along that street are closed and boarded up and have been for many years. Probably the town or county owns them now for back taxes. Kind of a ghost town now, WalMarts and big box stores are close enough to the town that small business just can't make it.
                          I know, my first thoughts were the same, what is still inside, maybe my friends '53 Chevy? A gold mine of signs and such?

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the update, great to see the building survive. The church still looks nice. Who knows, it might be worth searching the building.
                            63 Avanti R1 2788
                            1914 Stutz Bearcat
                            (George Barris replica)

                            Washington State

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                            • #15
                              First Congregational Church (Antwerp, NY)

                              [QUOTE=BobPalma;578363]Wow! Look at the size of that church at the end of the street; what an edifice. I wonder if it still exists, but am too lazy to Google Earth the area.

                              THE CHURCH STILL EXISTS.

                              It is the First Congregational Church (Antwerp, NY) founded in 1819.
                              The cuilding in the photo is the churches' third building constructed circa 1876.

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