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Vintage photos of:
March 10, 1934 "Weaverville, Trinity County, California. General view looking west." Not much evidence of a Great Depression other than the NRA sign in a store window. Photo by Roger Sturtevant for the Historic American Buildings Survey. We wonder if he ever crossed paths with Dorothea Lange. View full size.
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Army car at Connecticut Avenue Bridge." Another view of the modified Model T last seen here under review. Note the repurposed New York license plate with U.S. ARMY ORD(NANCE) DEPT painted on the back. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Nineteenth-century townscape with an overlay of automobile.
March 27, 1934. "Auburn, Placer County, California. General view of fire house and commercial buildings at Grass Valley and Sacramento Roads." Photo by Roger Sturtevant for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.