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My father Vernon M. Thomas is seen here pointing the way from the bumper of a 1934 Chevrolet coupe.

He was involved with Chevys from his first job in 1929 until his retirement in 1973.

On the following pages are some black and white photos from that 44-year career.


At the age of 18, Vernon entered Bowling Green Business College in Kentucky and took an accounting course that included the General Motors accounting system.

Upon graduation in 1929, he was told of two bookkeeping jobs that were available.  One was at a coal mine.  The other was at “Short” Shoemaker's Garage — a Chevrolet dealership in the Kentucky town of Falmouth, about 200 miles to the northeast.  He opted for the latter, and eventually he became the garage manager.

If I have deciphered the clues correctly, Shoemaker’s Garage was located in the now-decaying building below, as shown in this Google Street View from 2014.  The address is 313 Main Street, which at the time was on US Highway 27, one of the two major routes between Lexington and Cincinnati.

Below, Shoemaker’s newspaper ad for the 1928 Chevrolet.