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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Speed Demon: 1938

Speed Demon: 1938

November 1938. "Radiator cap. Laurel, Mississippi." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Interesting coincidence

My wife and I were at an antique motorcycle show two weeks ago in Phoenix. One of the bikes on display was an old Indian that was well decorated over the years by its rider and of the same period as the Russell Lee photo. The bike also had many travel decals on the windscreen, most from the South.

What gave us a laugh was the fender ornament, the same fellow as above, but with strategic fingers broken off (click for the entire image):

Speedy

Man alive, that has got to be the coolest radiator cap I've ever seen.

Beelzebubmobile

Mississippi's taste for after market auto enhancements goes back many years....

 
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