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De Old Museum: 1918

De Old Museum: 1918

San Francisco circa 1918. "Haynes 'Fourdore' four-passenger roadster at Golden Gate Park," with the De Young Museum and Museum of Antiquities forming the backdrop. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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Fascinating inventor

The brilliant inventor of the Haynes was Elwood Haynes. In addition to automobiles, he also invented improvements for natural gas extraction and stainless steel.

Two Newborns

The car and the museum were both new in 1918, the M. H. de Young Museum having opened just the year before. It was stripped of its ornate exterior in the late 1940s and finally replaced altogether with a new incarnation about ten years ago. The Egyptian structure was a leftover from the Mid-Winter Exposition of 1894. Damaged by the 1906 earthquake, it was patched up and finally demolished in 1923. Only the sphinxes that flanked its entryway remain.

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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