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T Bones: 1926

T Bones: 1926

Circa 1926. Continuing our back-alley tour of Washington, D.C. "Ford Motor Co." An urban junkyard. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.


A junkyard then

would be a gold mine today.

Passing by a junkyard

My very humorous uncle, who never stopped with the corny jokes and witticisms, always remarked when we drove past a junkyard, "Wow, that was one heck of an accident," which always brought gales of laughter from the passengers (except he didn't say heck). I in turn used the same comment on my kids every time I drove them past a junkyard, getting the same response. Now I notice that they too are repeating that mantra on their own youngsters. Thanks Uncle Bill for starting this family legacy.

Fore Hire

A location that shall remain hidden in the mists, I'd guess. It's only been 85 years, surely someone will recognize that tree and that little alleyway between the buildings. I know some "T" fans that would love to go back in time and rescue some of those cars.

VintageTVS: Maybe Ollie did the side and Stan did the back?

"Fore Hire"

Yet on the side it appears to be spelled correctly.

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