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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Winning Rubber: 1920

Winning Rubber: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Victory Tire Co., 14th Street N.W." Guaranteed 6,000 miles! National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Peripheral Outlines

With a bit of magnification and sharpening, it appears to my (old) eyes that the "typo" on the R is actually a missing bit of the raised moulding that outlines each letter. One can see a few of the nails that hold the shaped strips to the sign back, also some thin shadowing around the bottoms of the letters. The interiors of the letters are painted and the joints of the back metal are visible. Not so where the outline strips cross those joints.

Tire pricing: they are nearly giving away the second tire in each pair offered for sale. Two tires are but a dollar more than one. Sigh... I just put well over a kilobuck into new 'shoes' for my truck. Winter's on the way - time to rig for snowy running.

TP

They weren't cheap !

Their tire prices in today's dollars would be high. The middle of the road tires at $31.50 a pair would be about $368 in today's dollars But then again that's about what I paid for two new tires for my SUV !

Typographical error

The sign painter left off an outline on the "R" in TIRE on the large sign above the display window.

I'm sure

The upstairs apartment doesn't smell like other apartments.

Signmakers delight

beautiful hand painted lettering, but an obvious flaw in the large upper VICTORY TIRE sign, check the "R" in TIRE.

Window dressing

Love those reflections. The photographer came looking spiffy with suit, tie, white collar and fancy hat, as well as the two men standing to his left dressed to the nines. I wonder if the car belongs to the photographer and there appears to be a church across the street.

Victory Tire Co.

I guess the victory was WW1.

 
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