This was extracted from a photo of E. Front Street and So. Montgomery. Each time I see one of these Studebakers (I must rely on "Ray from Villa Park" to identify the year), I am taken back to the years when I had a crush not only on all the lovely ladies I loved and lost back then, but also the revolutionary newly designed Studebakers!. I drove Bill Stewart's Studebaker one year when I was up in Jackson New Hampshire with Fred Kuser. It won my heart. For some strange reason, I loved all the "off brand" automotive marques back then. Hudson, Nash, and Studebaker were the object of my automotive lust, even though the talk of the day was that they were unpopular and had minimal trade in value when compared with "the big 3." What a bunch of baloney! They were built to last and usually outlived the major auto manufacturers. It would be my guess that this Studebaker was an Ira Keats car demo.
BY THE WAY: THE DATE 1949 IN THE PHOTO IS WHEN THE PHOTO WAS TAKEN....NOT THE YEAR OF THE CAR.