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The Gondoliers: 1958

The Gondoliers: 1958

Meanwhile, back in circa-1958 Oakland: "Accident, 26th at Valdez." A sailor suddenly very much in his element exiting a Chevrolet with a flooded engine. 4x5 acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

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Car Wash

Now days, you have to pay extra to have your car's undercarriage washed...


I'm sure there are easier ways to get the bottom of your car cleaned!

In Uniform

At least his 'Dixie Cup' remains in place.
That will no doubt impress the Shore Patrol.

Still There

The brick building remains at the SW corner of 26th and Valdez. The intersection has been realigned since, again with the urban renewal and traffic flow upgrades.

Hydrophilic Chevrolet

There seems to be an affinity between 1949-'52 Chevrolets and fire hydrants!

Must be an Oakland thing, as my '50 two-door lived its whole life in Los Angeles and never so much as grazed one.

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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