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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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With Belles On: 1918

With Belles On: 1918

San Francisco, 1918. "Buick roadster at agency." The ideal conveyance for madcap motoring. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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Seen this spot before?

Looks like this is the same location as the "Bicoastal Buick" seen earlier. Which, according to Crocker-Langley, makes this the Howard Automobile Co, at the corner of Van Ness and California streets, which makes it here:

Ladies on the move

During these early days of the automobile a lot of pictures from San Francisco promoting new cars invariably feature women at the wheel. How revolutionary that women in 1918 were seen as independent but yet unable to vote until 1920.

Looks Like

A detachable hardtop. A fairly rare item I'd wager today.

[One of a number of "California tops" seen here. -tterrace]

Classier than Thelma and Louise

Here's information on the smileage book poster in the window.

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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