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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Pier 42: 1920

Pier 42: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Nash motor truck on waterfront." The Pier 42 bulkhead building on the Embarcadero, with a truck evidently bound for San Diego. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
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P.M.S.S.Co. Wagon

The wagon in the background marked P.M.S.S.Co. likely belongs to the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.

The lapstrake boat lying on the sidewalk appears to be a double-ender with rowing seats, likely a ship's boat or lifeboat. It does not seem to be treated with the TLC due to a riveted-lapstrake vessel.

This Nash truck has many quaint features, including solid-rubber tires and brakes on the rear wheels only. The lack of doors is no surprise, as in those days many people believed it was safer to jump out of a motor vehicle if a collision was inevitable.

Exported to Guatemala

Keyword searches suggest that San Diego Bella Vista was (and still is) a farming village or ranch in the La Flores Canton of Columba Costa Cuca, a municipal district in southwest Guatemala.

Sound not heard

The distinctive voice of the ah-uga horn is long gone but not forgotten.

I'm guessing

that it's a gorgeous red and black.

 
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