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Build-a-Buick: 1924

Build-a-Buick: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Proof of Buick standardization of units: Assembly of complete operating chassis from parts stock carried by Buick Motor Co. local branch." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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Building a Buick

According to the Washington Post of July 3, 1924 (page 9), this extravaganza took place at 12:30 pm on that date, at 11th and Pennsylvania NW. A little surprising, perhaps, that they had such a good crowd on a Thursday?

[Maybe not so surprising when you consider that it's lunchtime in the downtown business district. There's a news account of the proceedings in the comments here. - Dave]

Are those Susquehanna hats?

Just look at all those straw hats. Ah, the good old days when individuality was taboo.

[Maybe you didn't see the glum-looking fellow with the beanie. - Dave]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | 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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