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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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A Tale of Two Chevys: 1940

A Tale of Two Chevys: 1940

March 1940. "Cooperative gas station at Shafter migrant camp. Shafter, California." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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The Chevy on the right is from either 1929 or 1930, just like this carcass found at the Mariscal mercury mining complex, at Big Bend National Park. I took this picture in 2005.

Classic Lighting

The streetlights here feature the "radial wave" shade, and likely have a 200 or 300 watt clear incandescent bulb. These were often maintained into the 1970s, when they were replaced with modern fixtures. Some cities have returned to original designs in street lighting for historic areas, with various light sources. The updated radial wave streetlight can be seen again in a number of cities.

A Clean Plate

1940 was one of the last years that California issued a new set of plates, front and back, good for only one year. Tabs started to become the norm starting in 1942. Safe to say the Chevy on the right was either "driving dirty" or more likely a transient vehicle from another state, one that did not require a front plate.

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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