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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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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.

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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.

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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