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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Bridge Out: 1935

Bridge Out: 1935

San Francisco, 1935. "Oldsmobile coupe and Golden Gate Bridge under construction." Only two more years and this lady will be able to cross. 8x10 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 
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Btry Spencer close-up

Here's a closeup view of one of Battery Spencer's two 12-inch caliber guns, courtesy of the Library of Congress. Completed in 1897, Spencer originally mounted three big guns until someone realized one gun could only fire into SF Bay, not towards an approaching enemy, so it was removed.

Battery Spencer

Wonder if those are Battery Spencer's guns we see on the flattop hill just left of the north bridge tower. 12-inch, weren't they?

[That is Battery Spencer. -tterrace]

Two-Masted Tug

The two-masted tug in the background is interesting. The tall stack implies that this is a steam-powered tug. The two masts imply that she's a ocean-going tug, perhaps a salvage tug.

She could very well be involved in the construction of the GGB.

Would it be possible to enhance the image to read the tug's name?

Manufacturing Process

The following fascinating video "Master Hands" by the Jam Handy group shows the manufacturing of Chevrolets from the same period but gives an idea of pounding and hammering that created such vehicles.

https://archive.org/details/0555_Master_Hands_18_27_28_00

Sassy Chassis

The Oldsmobile, I mean.

January '35

Based on the state of the construction of the San Francisco pier, the picture was taken sometime in January 1935.

My first thought was Red

But I really am far from an expert on these things.

Slippery Slope

1935 was the year that GM introduced all-metal bodies (a.k.a."Turret Top" construction), featuring smooth, compound-curved rooflines. Had this Olds been a '34, the lady's left hand would be less precariously gripping a flat, fabric-covered roof insert.

Re: Hot Investment

Hot indeed! According to one US Inflation Calculator, $3,000 in 1941 is equivalent to almost $47,000 in 2015.
That puts Larkspur housing at 31 time the inflation rate!

Hot Investment Tip

Marin County

[Six years later, my folks bought our house in Larkspur for $3000. It was last sold by subsequent owners about 10 years ago for about $1.5 million. -tterrrace]

Familiar face

The pretty girl resembles Beverly DiAngelo of National Lampoon Vacation fame a great deal.

Very pretty indeed.

Hard to Believe

How long it once took to drive from San Francisco to Oakland or take the ferry across.

EZ Pass

What is the thing attached to the back of the rearview mirror?

[It's a clock. -tterrace]

Color

Any ideas what the color of the car would be?

[Gray! - Dave]

 
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