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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Essex Motor Cars: 1920

Essex Motor Cars: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Washington Herald, 1210 18th Street N.W." The business next door, its products having motored off into oblivion, is now a Pei Wei. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

1212 in 2014

Except for cosmetic changes to the storefront and the addition of some plug ugly fire escapes, 1212 remains largely unchanged:


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Given the gorgeous brass ornamentation on the current 1210, I'm thinking those apartment buildings can't have lasted all too much longer.

Chevrolet 490 not for the faint of heart

My mother's parents owned a Chevrolet 490 back in the '20s, as did another gentleman I knew for many years. Both my grandfather and the the other man told me about the 490's infamous cone clutch (which used a leather facing). The Model T, with its planetary gear transmission and three-pedal setup, had nothing on the 490 in terms of intimidation of inexperienced drivers.

Car IDs

Near car: Chevrolet Model 490 (note 1/4 elliptic springs). This model was Chevrolet's answer to the Model T. The far car is a Scripts Scripps-Booth model B-39.

 
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