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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Hendrick Garage: 1928

Hendrick Garage: 1928

1928. Takoma Park, Maryland. "Hendrick Motor Co. garage." The sign: "All repair work strictly cash." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

High heat

Don't ever remember seeing radiant steam heaters 6 feet off the floor. Interesting, and I could use the vise attached to the bench today.

Bumpers optional

This picture and the next one feature a grand total of one bumper. This seems like an idea that would have caught on sooner.

Oh, those details

Another amazing shot!

Of particular note: Part of a Ford Model T planetary transmission and magneto on the bench at far left (possibly from the Model T "doctor's coupe") in the rearmost bay; time clock on the rear wall, complete with time cards in their rack; Ford magneto tester to the right of the clock; short, stout sawhorses used as jackstands; wrecked car in the wide bay--see the bent frame horns at the front); jib crane on the right wall; trouble light hanging on the column. Most telling is the general layer of grime on the cars, which of course you never see on antique cars today.

 
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