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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ART

City Hall: 1965

City Hall: 1965

San Francisco City Hall on March 17, 1965. I was with friends to take in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and we apparently tooled around beforehand, giving me an opportunity to take this Kodachrome slide with its smattering of cars, some of them already classics. Back in 1956, Chryslers of that year with their big, luscious tail lights had been among my favorites, and here we have two of them. Among the others, an old bathtub Lincoln, a later-model Thunderbird and a smidgen of a Corvair. If you want to park here now, forget it. Later on at the parade, I took this shot featuring another car, and also a governor. View full size.

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Two 1961 Chevys

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It's not just a Chrysler. It's a 300C.

Turn Yourself Left

The copper could have been signalling a move to the left. If so, the photo was exposed while the turn signal circuit turned the left tail light off, momentarily.

Turn yourself in

It looks like the police car has a taillight blown out. I hope he surrendered his badge.

 
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