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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • GIFT IDEA: ART FOR BOOK LOVERS

Standard Equipment: 1920

Standard Equipment: 1920

        There is something about the snug click of the door latch and the clean, windless interior of a closed car that makes you feel at home and comfortable in there. The deep-cushioned seats, the curtains, the glass, the conversation in low tones -- all these things make getting somewhere as pleasant as being there. Getting home is never a problem, and the weather is but an incident. In the Standard Eight Coupe, Sedan or Sedanette, the powerful motor carries the extra burden of a closed body with an effortless ease ...

-- "People Don't Regret Buying Closed Cars" (Ad from 1921)

San Francisco circa 1920. "Standard Eight sedan at Golden Gate Park." The Standard ("Monarch of the Mountains"), manufactured in Butler, Pennsylvania, from 1912 to 1923, was a product of the Standard Steel Car Company, maker of railroad rolling stock. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Bus Stop: 1938

Bus Stop: 1938

One of a half-dozen bus-related photos I got at a flea market about 20 years ago. This is somewhere in the Essex County, New Jersey area and is dated July 31, 1938 on the back. View full size.

Turn, Turn, Turn: 1942

Turn, Turn, Turn: 1942

June 1942. "Tennessee Valley Authority power and conservation. Fort Loudoun Dam construction. Workman opening valve on a new pipeline of Fort Loudoun Dam, farthest upstream of the TVA's main Tennessee River projects. Scheduled for closure and first storage of water early in 1943, this dam will create a 15,000-acre lake reaching 55 miles upstream to the city of Knoxville. The reservoir will have a useful storage capacity of 126,000 acre-feet. Power installation of 64,000 kilowatts is authorized, with a possible ultimate of 96,000 kilowatts." Medium format negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

An O.K. Store: 194x

An O.K. Store: 194x

Evaristo Gallegos' O.K. Store was "opposite the courthouse," so this is Fourth Street in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Though this Kodachrome slide was undated, others in the set had handwritten dates in the mid-1940s. View full size.

The Sentinel: 1910

The Sentinel: 1910

Washington, D.C., circa 1910. "Washington Monument, looking west." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Shift Change: 1916

Shift Change: 1916

Detroit (Highland Park) circa 1916. "Four o'clock shift, Ford Motor Company." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Ectoplasmic Express: 1908

Ectoplasmic Express: 1908

Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1908. "Falls Street at Night." A scene last glimpsed here. Note the ghost streetcar stopped mid-frame in this time exposure. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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