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Vintage photos of:
"Nadine -- April 1952." The newest cast member of Minnesota Kodachromes takes a break against the mandatory multifloral backdrop. View full size.
The flushing of streets and sewers by sprinkler trucks was a widespread if not terribly effective public-health measure during the "Spanish influenza" epidemic of the late teens.
San Francisco circa 1919. "Nash Two-Ton Tanker Truck." This begins a new series of photos, scanned by Shorpy from large-format negatives taken by or for Christopher Helin, travel and automotive editor of the San Francisco Examiner from about 1915 to 1930. 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass plate. View full size.