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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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Invalid Car: 1926

Invalid Car: 1926

San Francisco circa 1926. "Dodge ambulance." Today's chapter in the Shorpy Chronicle of Convalescent Conveyances. Photo by Chris Helin. View full size.

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I must confess

that I look forward to these San Franciscan vehicle photos.
However, not for the conveyances, but for the alliterative acumen which tickles my fancy.

Long wheelbase

The Dodge has had its chassis stretched - could be by as much as three feet.

Invalid car

In Britain post World War I, invalid cars were glorified Hoverounds, often licensed for the roads although limited to about 5 MPH. There are still a few collectors who dote on this vehicular niche.

After careful inspection

It looks valid to me.


Looks perfectly valid to me.

Invalid car?

Looks perfectly legitimate to me.

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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