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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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Dixie Flyer: 1920

Dixie Flyer: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Potomac Sales Co., front." Adding to the scant contemporary documentation of the Dixie Flyer, one of many "assembled cars" (i.e., major components supplied by third parties) from the early years of motoring. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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I'll take one

As stated in the link above there is only one Dixie Flyer Firefly; however, other sources state that there are a total of four Dixie Flyers still in existence.

The one owed by Kentucky Trailer, although restored now was once, " . . . described as 'a pile of wreckage' when Australian Bernie Jacobson discovered and bought it at a farm auction. 'It was one of the later production cars built by the Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Company in Louisville, between 1917 and 1923.' Jacobson restored it over three years, then sold and shipped it back to the manufacturer, which had been renamed Kentucky Trailer." (From the AACA display card)

More photos of the restored car here, and Kentucky Trailer vehicle history here.

The car in the display window here on Shorpy is probably similar to the first car below.

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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