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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Traffic Umbrella: 1917

Traffic Umbrella: 1917

1917. "District of Columbia traffic. Stop and Go signs." A very new-looking Haynes roadster in Washington crossing Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Haynes speedster again

The body of this Haynes, with its smooth flowing lines, and no external door handles, is remarkable in its forward-thinking design. Its history is rooted in racing. The Haynes Vanderbilt Speedster first appeared in 1907, with lines that were no doubt designed as a result of the study of aerodynamics as related to racing cars. This vehicle was a very expensive machine, around $3500-4000 in 1913. It was also extremely advanced for the time, with electric starting and lighting, and quality steels in its construction, being the result of Elwood Haynes's metallurgical and engineering expertise. The fact that the Haynes Motor Co went bankrupt and disappeared forever in 1925, the same year that Elwood died, is testament to how one man's drive is often the only thing that keeps a manufacturing operation in business.

Re: No door handles

Through the fifties and into the early sixties, some British roadsters (e.g., MGA, TR3) had no roll-up windows (they used side-curtains) and interior controlled door latches (no external handles)

No door handles?

When did they start installing outer door handles?

[In the early days of the automobile, when open bodies were the rule, many (if not most) car doors opened with a latch from the inside. Closed cars with roll-up windows, which were relatively rare in the 1900s and 1910s, had outside handles. - Dave]

Term Papers?

Interesting sign in the background on the left "...RE-WRITTEN LETTERS." Any clues what the business might have been?

[I think that's "type-written." - Dave]

What a set of wheels!

Let me wipe the drool off my keyboard. And those two in their immaculately pressed suits are perfect for the shot, as is the cop with the barbershop quartet mustache.

A new Shorpy favorite!

Nice car!

That sure is a nice looking car, specially the hood and the way it flows into the hood and doors.

Looks like the officer is also interested in the car.

Running a "stop"?

Doesn't the roadster in question have a "stop"? Maybe he thought it meant stop-and-chat.

 
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