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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE ALONG A BOOK, c. 1910

1948 Tucker

1948 Tucker

I found this Kodachrome slide in a old slide projector case a few years back. I could tell it was a rear-engine automobile and an older one at that. Upon inspection through a loupe it became obvious that this was the engine compartment of 1948 Tucker, a rare car indeed. I originally thought this picture was taken in a showroom, but the dealer plates on the car are from 1951 and the car appeared to have been driven (there's even some rust if you look carefully). So, I contacted Jay Follis, President of the Tucker Automobile Club of America and sent him the scan. He said, "from looking at the photo and the plate I would guess this car to be number #1048, which was part of a traveling exhibit in the 1950's." That's Tucker #48, there were only 51 cars made. In August of 2008, Tucker #1038 (also in Moss Green) sold for $1,017,500. I have since donated the original slide to the Tucker Historical Collection. View full size.

Careful, Kitten: 1916

Careful, Kitten: 1916

1916. "Indian Head, Maryland. Navy proving ground. Residence of George Swann, damaged by 16-inch shell that hit another in sandbank, and was deflected over country at 3/4 angle. The shell, where it stopped in dooryard." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Kwik-E Mart: 1918

Kwik-E Mart: 1918

Next in National Photo's "old house" series from circa 1918: "Old house, 1st & N Street N.E." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

They Were All Smoking: 1910

They Were All Smoking: 1910

11 a.m. May 9, 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Newsies at Skeeter's branch. They were all smoking." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Catholic U: 1915

Catholic U: 1915

Circa 1915. "Catholic University, Washington. Main building." Which has a certain Gothic majesty in monochrome. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Mrs. New Tunes In: 1924

Mrs. New Tunes In: 1924

January 14, 1924. "Mrs. Harry S. New," wife of the Postmaster General. This might be good fodder for a caption contest. Which commences right now with yours truly as the judge. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Vollrath Kid: 1923

The Vollrath Kid: 1923

Washington circa 1923. "Dulin & Martin window. Vollrath Co., Mrs. Varney." The store, which extended from 1215 F Street NW to the other side of the block at 1214-18 G, burned down in 1929. National Photo Company. View full size.

 
 
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