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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Newark Newsies: 1909

Newark Newsies: 1909

        Text Updates 1.0 -- street urchins hawking broadsheets.

December 1909. "Some of Newark's small newsboys. Afternoon." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

See Grand Caverns: 1930

See Grand Caverns: 1930

Circa 1930. "Vice President Curtis at Capitol with steam car." Which, as evidenced by the news item below, encountered a bit of trouble during its stop in Washington. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

Auto Locomotive Leads to Arrest

Man to Be Tried for Using Car
For Advertising Railroad.

The Washington Post -- May 17, 1930

        Albert E. Lentz, of 501 Twelfth street northwest, will be tried in Police Court next Thursday on charges of using a motor vehicle for advertising purposes and of driving an automobile with view obstructed.
        The latter charge was placed against the man after traffic officials had inspected the vehicle, a locomotive on an automobile chassis, at the Traffic Bureau. The vehicle, which is used to advertise the Norfolk & Western Railway and the Grand Caverns of the Shenandoah Valley, was driven to the Police Court Building and was inspected by Judge Isaac R. Hitt before the case was continued.
        Lentz was arrested yesterday morning on Madison Place Northwest by Sergt. Milton D. Smith and Policeman J.R. LeFoe, both of the Traffic Bureau.

 

Old Charleston: 1906

Old Charleston: 1906

South Carolina circa 1906. "Old Charleston. Church Street just below Tradd Street showing Col. Robert Brewton's house -- No. 71 Church Street at left with piazza." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Body by Fisher: 1940

Body by Fisher: 1940

        The Plexiglas Pontiac Deluxe Six "Ghost Car," which sold at auction a few years ago for $308,000. (Another shot here.)

June 11, 1940. "General Motors exhibit at Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. Transparent Car with Pontiac Chassis and Body by Fisher." And what a body it is! 8x10 inch Agfa acetate negative. View full size.

 

Pontiac Powwow: 1938

Pontiac Powwow: 1938

October 3, 1938. "Meeting of Pontiac salesmen at Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco." Representing all the many tribes of the great Pontiac Nation. 8x10 acetate negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

The Draper: 1907

The Draper: 1907

1907. "Northampton, Massachusetts -- Draper Hotel." Where the amenities include an American Express office and Boyden's "Dining Parlor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fast Woman: 1923

Fast Woman: 1923

San Francisco, 1923. "Stutz sedan in Golden Gate Park." Ready to motor forth into the Jazz Age. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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