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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Your Next Car: 1921

Your Next Car: 1921

San Francisco circa 1921. "Gardner car at Spreckels Mansion." Photographed by and with Christopher Helin himself. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
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Spreckels Sugar

Lots of money in the family. Here, In San Diego, we have the Spreckels outdoor pipe organ (the largest in the world) in Balboa Park. They give free concerts on Sundays. It's a real beauty!

MotoMetered

As a radiator cap on our fine Gardner we see a popular accessory of the day, a "MotoMeter" temperature gauge, which employed a dip-type thermometer into the coolant. Alas, these meters were rather difficult to read whilst driving as they were too far away and the car's bumpy ride made focusing on it quite difficult. MotoMeters were made for most makes of cars of the day and were popular even up until the 1950's, where they were still used in the MG T-Series cars.

 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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