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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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The Late Show: 1958

The Late Show: 1958

Oakland, California, circa 1958. "Car crash, night." Mercury vs. Buick in a well-attended bout. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

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Stop the redundancy!

Why the electric stop light AND what appears to be an octagonal stop sign? I would be confused if the stop light said go and the stop sign said stop. I would flip my lid too!

Wayward Buicks

It looks like another 1953 Buick was involved in an accident in Oakland. What's going on with these Buicks? This was a Special Riviera hardtop. The police car is a 1959 Ford.

Crowd Pleaser

It's amusing how many people would jump out bed in the middle of the night and, clad in only their pajamas, amble out into the street to gawk at the scene of a neighborhood accident. Nowadays you can't get within a hundred feet of an accident scene unless you were involved in it. Outstanding photos! Keep 'em coming!

Ambulance awaits

When I was a kid, the neighbor across the street's family owned the local funeral home which ironically provided the local ambulance service to a much larger neighboring community. I have no idea if the neighbor had any medical training or anyway to assist the victims he was hauling to the hospital while he was driving the ambulance, but he obviously had a conflict of interest. Thankfully, in the last 50 years we have had a major change in the way we provide emergency medical service.

And the winner is---

Mercury by a knockout.


Been waiting for the next episode of Signal 30!

Adeline Cleaners

1137 12th St, corner of Adeline and 12th. TEmplbar 2-9149 if your flux capacitor is attached to your phone.

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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