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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Nippy & Natty: 1952

Nippy & Natty: 1952

"Floyd at Folks -- Jan 20 1952." In this latest installment of Minnesota Kodachromes, Floyd shows that warmth and style need not be mutually exclusive. 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

Bud Dry: 1924

Bud Dry: 1924

Northern California in 1924. "Willys Knight touring car on dirt road." With both Red Crown and Budweiser filling stations close by for parched cars and drivers, the Prohibition-era beer probably not as potent as the gasoline. 5x7 inch glass negative by automotive impresario Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Weld Noir: 1943

Weld Noir: 1943

May 1943. "Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore, Maryland. Liberty ship construction. Welding on a hatch assembly at night." Medium format negative by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Rover Boys: 1900

Rover Boys: 1900

Circa 1900, back at the Handlebars Homestead. Lettis, bikes. f5.6 no filter +2" shirts is what it says on the sleeve. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Miss Handlebars: 1900

Miss Handlebars: 1900

Circa 1900. "Lettis -- girl with bicycle and dog." 4x5 inch glass negative, photographer and location unknown. View full size.

 

Peerless and Poised: 1920

Peerless and Poised: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Peerless touring car." Along with what could be a demonstration of either aerodynamics or sobriety at the start of Prohibition. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative by the prolific Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Watch the Fords Go By

Watch the Fords Go By

August 1912. "Campus Martius and Detroit Opera House." With much interesting signage. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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