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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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Two for the Road: 1919

Two for the Road: 1919

Circa 1919. "Velie two-passenger roadster at First Unitarian Church." A car whose tidy top sports window shades and curtains. 5x7 glass negative by that San Francisco chronicler of all things automotive, Christopher Helin. View full size.

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did they open the doors when there is no door handle?

Endangered Species

That's one I've never heard of before. A mere 221 Velie (pronounced Veelee) cars are known to survive for all models from 1908 to 1928, according to the Velie Registry.

Car and Driver

Strange looking car. I think I found its owner.

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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