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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Factory Branch: 1926

Factory Branch: 1926

1926. Washington, D.C. "Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. oil truck, H Street N.E." My favorite detail here: "Minimum Labor Charge 50¢." View full size.

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We've seen similar views of this storefront here and here.

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Man to drive oil truck with loud horn, suit and hat required.

Smooth Ride

The two dome-topped cylinders between the radiator grille and the front bumper are probably early versions of hydraulic shock absorbers. Similar designs -- perhaps less robustly constructed -- were available as aftermarket accessories for passenger cars in the late 'Teens and early '20s. We tend to take shock absorbers for granted these days, but early cars which lacked them tended to rebound for a considerable time after encountering a bump or pothole; this is not only uncomfortable but also inimical to keeping the tire in contact with the road surface.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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