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Incognito: 1920

Incognito: 1920

"San Francisco, 1920. Hudson touring car." Owned by F.W.P., idling in front of the imposing edifice at 1150 Anonymous Avenue. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

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Fred W. Pabst was advertising manager of the Don Lee Cadillac franchise, according to the San Francisco City Directory.

There are other F W P listings but whose listed occupations seem unsuitable (molder, detective, chauffeur). I did a thorough search of last names beginning with Pa but gave up when the names changed to Pe. The completion of this proof is left to the class.


When I first go to this pic it looks like the car lifts about a foot off the pavement. I don't get the same effect when going to full size.

[Stay tiny. - Dave]


What is the purpose of the two upright cylinders behind the front bumper? I had hoped that some one else would enquire first but I guess it's up to me to display my automotive ignorance.

[They are Gruss Air Springs, an early shock absorber. - Dave]

Early 3D

At first glance - a delightful sense of this vehicle and its bemused occupant seemingly levitated a few feet above the street. The serendipitous result I'm guessing of the peculiar angle of illumination.

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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