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Baby Car: 1925

Baby Car: 1925

        The smallest automobile in the world –- Designed and built by Gus Petzel of Alameda, California. The car has a 4-cylinder air cooled motor, 3 speeds, electric lights and starter, 60-inch wheelbase, 21x4 airplane tires, and weighs 560 pounds. It makes 52 miles per gallon and has a speed of 65 miles on the road and 80 miles on the track. Cost $2,000 to build. -- Promotional postcard

San Francisco, 1925. "California State Automobile Association -- Gus Petzel 'Baby Car' at start of cross-country run." A scene from the inauguration of the historic Trans-Continental Sidewalk. 8x10 nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Tailgater: 1943

Tailgater: 1943

March 1943. "Chillicothe, Illinois. A helper engine is taken on for added power on a grade extending eight miles on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Chillicothe, Illinois, and Fort Madison, Iowa." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Cats of War: 1942

Cats of War: 1942

November 1942. "Columbia Steel Company at Geneva, Utah. Bulldozer handling gravel for concrete during the construction of a new steel mill which will make important additions to the vast amount of steel needed for the war effort." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sharecropper Boy: 1937

Sharecropper Boy: 1937

June 1937. "Sharecropper boy near Chesnee, South Carolina." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Clamshell Coupe: 1924

Clamshell Coupe: 1924

San Francisco circa 1924. "New Reo Six, Pacific Heights." We'll bet that house is finished by now. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

20 Handsome Girls: 1904

20 Handsome Girls: 1904

1904. "Boys' High School, Philadelphia." Our titillating title comes from the Star Burlesquers billboard far right. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Photo Finish: 1924

Photo Finish: 1924

September 6, 1924. Washington, D.C. "80 lb. 60-yard dash, Central High School." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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