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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Hot Wheels: 1920

Hot Wheels: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Henno Sales Co." Stutz touring car near a "Fire Alarm Box" lamppost on M Street. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Stutz is still around

The original factory building still stands in Indianapolis. It's now known as the Stutz Business Center, and is home to many designers, photographers, and members of the art world.


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Fire Alarm Blox

Those fire alarm boxes are still all over DC. Some have been repurposed as "Art Boxes."

Right hand drive

Is this pic from a reverse negative?

[If the negative were reversed, the lettering on the car and lamppost would be backward. Like many other cars of the era, Stutzes were right-hand drive. - Dave]

Rivals

Stutz and Mercer were rival car makes, both noted for speed.
Mercer owners would shout, "you must be nuts to own a Stutz."
Stutz owners would shout back, "there's nothing worser than a Mercer."

 
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