This was kind of interesting . . .
The hotel was built on the site of the original wooden Southern Hotel after a huge fire burned much of downtown Bakersfield. Apparently first built without the top floor.
Sometime later, it was "modernized" and called the New Southern Hotel.
Now it's gone.
How To Turn Solid Gold Bars Into Pure Sh!t, by Johnny Bakersfield.
So what are the big touring cars? Both have distinctive top irons and dual spares. Pierce Arrow maybe?
You sure that isn't the same building, just had another "modernization?" The foot print and height look the same.
That early building looked like brick. Back in 1952 there was a major earthquake at Tehachape which is near Bakersfield. It did some major damage around L.A. I was in Montrose about 101 miles from Bakersfield and it woke me up. Many chimneys were knocked and the V.A. hospital was damaged. I would suspect that old building might have been damaged in that earthquake if not in an earlier one. The new codes use reinforced concrete rather than bricks.
I always get to Bakersfield a day early for the swap meet. The antique shops in town are plentiful and well stocked.
See ya in April,
I recall passing through Bakersfield soon after the quake and seeing the Chester Avenue clock tower with its top missing.
According to page 7 of the 8/9/46 Bakersfield Californian, the hotel was to be torn done and replaced by a $400,000 Penney Co. department store. You can get the whole article if you have a subscription to newspapers.com, which I don't.
Egads, there's a '46 Chevy in blue, and a '52 Dodge P/U behind it in factory green w/ yellow wheels. I used to own a '46 Blue (same shade) Chevy and I still own a '53 Dodge P/U in green w/yellow wheels. Spooky! And I almost bought a Studebaker just like that, but it had been in a flood so we didn't (bought the Chevy instead--the Stude would have been the better choice after we found out all the problems the Chevy had!)
David I dont think thats a chevy. Looks to be a plymouth or dodge .
Possibly, picture's a little grainy, but looks like Chev taillights and the belt trim is similar--I figured it was an Areosedan; mine was a club coupe.
That's a small Mopar - Plymouth or Dodge - just ahead of the Dodge truck.
Is that a Tucker on the far side of the street, under the Coca Cola sign ?
Rats, so much for a co-incidence. My Dad had a Tucker on order, lost $250 (down payment) somewhere around here I have his letter confirming his order. (I'm a little worried about where I've put it, as I haven't seen it in a while). Found it in Dad's papers after he passed away. My habit of saving everything must be inherited!
Front end/bumper doesn't seem right.
'49, '50, or '51 Pontiac