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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE YANGTZE GORGES, c. 1930

Onward & Upward: 1928

Onward & Upward: 1928

San Francisco circa 1928. "DeSoto sedan." Continuing our recent theme of cars-going-uphill, an early example of the marque passing a building we've seen here and here. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Meet the Tuttles!

Meet the Tuttles!

"Grace & Hubert -- 17 Feb 1952." In this latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes, Grace's smile lights up a gray winter day. View full size.

Buying Time: 1925

Buying Time: 1925

        Introducing -- the Maxwell "Sisyphus Six"

San Francisco circa 1925. "Advertisement for the 'Good Maxwell,' built by Chrysler engineers." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Granite Building: 1905

Granite Building: 1905

Rochester, New York, circa 1905. "Granite Building, Main Street & St. Paul." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Turf Battle: 1922

Turf Battle: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Football" is all it says here, so we're calling an incom­plete until someone comes up with a name. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Easy Driver: 1937

Easy Driver: 1937

1937. "Woman demonstrating remote-control 'Safety Shift' gear lever in 1938 Pontiac sedan." Adding another page to our excruciatingly detailed visual record of early Pontiac marketing in the Bay Area. 8x10 acetate negative. View full size.

 

Grand Opening: 1932

Grand Opening: 1932

Sept. 14, 1932. "Goodyear service station opening, Mission Street at 11th, San Francisco." The festivities here include shrunken blimps, a giant tire tread and that cryptic confection the "Baffle Bar." 8x10 inch nitrate negative. View full size.

 
 
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