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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CRUISE THE GREAT LAKES, 1930s

Jungle Flivver: 1922

Jungle Flivver: 1922

April 1922. "Oldsmobile window." The Model 47 "Smaller-Eight Super Sport," $2095 at Oldsmobile Sales Co., 1016-1018 Connecticut Avenue in Washington. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
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Wow

There're so many plants in that window you can hardly spot the car. What's this? A car for every man's jungle?

Pretty good deal

$2095 in 1922 is equivalent to about $27K today, of course GM retired the brand in 2004.

Model B Ford

The Model B Ford was a four cylinder car. The 1932 Ford V-8s were Model 18s. Both engines were available across the line, not just in the coupes

Tires

Is it the lighting, or are both sides of those tires whitewall?

[That's the natural light color of gum rubber. - Dave]

Wow

This is not my father's Oldsmobile. What a beauty!

Palms and ferns

"Some Like It Hot" was on TCM last night and potted palms and ferns were used liberally in the sets. Looks like the set designer had the right idea.

Oldsmobile V-8

This car was an exciting and revolutionary for the average American to covet. It was powered with a lightweight V-8 engine. It would be another decade until Ford introduced the Model B V-8 "Deuce Coupe."

http://www.oldsmobile.com/olds/enthusiasts/defaulte659.html

 
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