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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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Pavement Ends: 1937

Pavement Ends: 1937

March 1937. "Wind erosion has desolated this once luxuriant bunch grass country in Idaho. Resettlement is restoring the land for grazing." Photo by Wilbur Staats for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Still not a Dodge

The fenders of the blue Dodge and the car in the Shorpy photo are not the same. Notice how much longer the overhang is on the Shorpy photo. Also, the blue Dodge has lights mounted on the fenders instead of on the "U" shaped post as shown in the Shorpy photo.

A Tad Older

I'd say there's a real good chance that's a Dodge Brothers' Touring car, alright, but it's older than a 1927 model (which was a much more substantial car). It's more likely a 1917 like this one:


The car is probably not a Dodge. The company does not appear to have used headlights mounted on a "U" shaped post on its cars.

Even if it was a Dodge it would have to be earlier than 1922 as Dodge used 'suicide' rear doors from 1922 to 1948 except for the very low volume phaetons (1928 on) and station wagons. The sloping cowl had disappeared from most cars by the early 1920s with the notable exception of the Ford Model T. The wheelbase also looks like it is more than the 110 and 114 inches Dodge used on all Dodge cars from 1914 to 1923.

If the picture is correctly shown the hole for the steering column is on the right hand side, but Dodge does not appear to have built any right hand drive cars for the U.S. market.

They loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly...

But they didn't quite make it.

Great picture!

Dodge Brothers, about 10 years old when the picture was taken.

Nice fabric job

While the rest of the car is rapidly returning to nature, the upholstery on the rear seat looks to be in very good condition.


Too long for the tow truck! It is a great image though.

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