Potential buyers inspect new 1952 Fords at the old Stewart-Potts Motors. (T-G file photo)
It's early February 1952 and a crowd's gathered in the service department of Stewart-Potts Motors to see the new Fords, which had just released to a waiting public. Fords for '52 were more squared-off as opposed to the 1949-51 models.
Look closely and you'll see the familiar "flathead" air cleaner under the hood of the car in the foreground. Wonder if the two young guys intently studying the engine were discussing its performance? There's also another car and two new Ford trucks in the background.
Looks like a few of the older men are wearing hats. Remember when a hat was part of being "dressed up?" Came in handy for covering balding heads, too.
That service department must have been dark and dingy, though; note the muitiple single light bulbs without any light fixtures.
The old building on North Main Street looks much the same inside today. It's currently empty but with remodeling, or some sort of work, ongoing. You can see inside the garage area from the street.
It was built in 1920, according to the state Real Estate Assessment Data website. This site can be a real resource for finding the age of a building, which is included within more current data. It covers most of Tennessee; the link here is set specifically for Bedford County.