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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Ed's Roadster No. 1

Ed's Roadster No. 1

3x5 Photograph found at a thrift Store, mounted on a loose page from a photo album.

The Gilmore Gas Station in the background was located at Wilshire Blvd and La Brea in Los Angeles.

I think the Car is a Packard.

Ed's Roadster

I can't find any pictures of Packards or anything else with an exposed gas tank as late as the 1920s, except for a few racing cars. Indeed, that whole trunk/tank arrangement is rather odd looking. I've got a feeling that this is custom coachwork, either in its entirety or at least from the passenger compartment back. Given the location - a couple of miles south of Hollywood and east of Beverly Hills - I'd guess that custom cars were relatively common in that area in the 1920s. Something about the car (the apparent lack of any provision for a top) has to me a very specific Southern California feel to it.

 
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