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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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Kissel Me You Fool: 1922

Kissel Me You Fool: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Kissel touring car." Latest tenant in the Shorpy Garage of Geriatric Jalopies. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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Any fan of thoroughbred motor cars would love to be Kisseled, I think. A Wisconsin manufacturer of high quality autos from 1907 until a combination of dwindling clientele and the machinations of corporate raiders led to its 1931 bankruptcy, Kissel was perhaps best known for the stylish and sporty 6-45 Speedster, popularly known as the "Gold Bug," but also produced a wide range of passenger cars, trucks, professional cars (hearses and ambulances), and -- after vehicle production ceased -- even outboard motors.

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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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