Every week, we feature a reader photo in Old Cars Weekly. This “Reader Photo” space is strictly for the vintage photos from readers’ family albums, or other interesting photos readers have stumbled upon while digging through swap meets, antique stores or wherever else images from our automotive past hide. For this blog post, I thought I’d turn the table and provide some “Editor Photos” that feature interesting cars from my family’s album.
The line of Van Bogarts from which I hail have lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, for as long as I am aware. However, around World War II, my great-grandparents moved to California. Some of their children moved back to St. Paul following the war (including my grandfather) while others stayed in California.
These photos come from my great-uncle Thomas Jerome Van Bogart, who passed away in Cupertino, Calif., in 2010. My grandmother found these photos in Thomas’ belongings and shared them with me, so I thought I’d share them here. The cars were photographed in California, probably after Thomas returned from World War II where he served as a Marine, but no specific dates were given. The information regarding the locations and individuals in the photographs was provided by my grandmother.
Hope you enjoy the photos: