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Sidewalk Star: 1924

Sidewalk Star: 1924

San Francisco circa 1924. "Star Car Sedan at Star Motor Co., Van Ness Avenue." Demonstrating one way to get your Star on the Walk of Fame. 5x7 inch glass negative by that automotive impresario Christopher Helin. View full size.

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The Star is the car.

The Star was a "cheap" auto introduced by William Durant (General Motors) that was supposed to compete with Ford's Model T for the inexpensive-auto market.

I knew a fellow who restored one and he said that the process was "one-step-forward and two-steps-back" difficult. His example; the clutch underneath the car had no housing and was open to water, mud and the elements. Deterioration of the clutch was certain and rapid.

Unfashionable Fashions

I feel sorry for the style of clothing those ladies felt the need to wear back then. I wonder how many of them thought those hats were actually stylish? Most images from the era look similar with lots of dark, presumably heavy fabric draped all over them too. Hope this is one fashion that never makes a comeback.

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