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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

FDNY: 1913

FDNY: 1913

New York Fire Department "auto extension pipe" hose truck (?) circa 1913. "Couple Gear" on radiator. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Testing the Hoses: 1913

Testing the Hoses: 1913

"Motor Fire Engine." Testing the FDNY hoses somewhere along the waterfront in 1913. View full size | Zoom in. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Roy's Hoppin Hooptie: 1915

Roy's Hoppin Hooptie: 1915

Roy Repp in his bucking Buick ("Maude, the Motor Mule") circa 1915 in New York. (Three more pics). View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Italian Festa: 1918

Italian Festa: 1918

July 1918. "Italian Festa." Street festival in New York's Little Italy. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size | Even bigger.

 

Crippled Children's Auto Outing: 1908

Crippled Children's Auto Outing: 1908

"Auto Rides for Crippled Children," New York. May 25, 1908. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size | Zoom in.

 

Insurance Patrol: 1913

Insurance Patrol: 1913

"Auto Insurance Patrol" circa 1913 in New York City. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. What are they driving?

 

Contraption From Hell: 1913

Contraption From Hell: 1913

"Auto Street Cleaner" circa 1913 in New York City. (Hello, alternate side of the street parking.) View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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