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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Food Truck: 1919

Food Truck: 1919

        UPDATE: Click here for the driver-side view.

Washington, D.C., in 1919. "Street lunch vendor." A Model T sandwich-vending machine. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

BYO

Teacup?

Millie in the Middle

It appears that the gal in the middle is falling to her left and the one on the left is holding her upright.

Freshness Guaranteed!

The chicken used to make these sandwiches was probably scratching around under this very same car just this morning!

The Original Roach Coach

When I worked for the county health department, we nicknamed the mobile food vendors "roach coaches." With no refrigeration and no running water, this one would have a hard time passing muster under even the most rudimentary health code.

A place for everything.

So well thought out. I'll bet that open headlamp dispenses hard-boiled eggs.

 
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