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End of the Road: 1924

End of the Road: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Ford Motor Co. -- Hanlon Lincoln hearse." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Today's Top 5

A new Shorpy service.

Maybe viewer guidelines are needed. Tell people how to read titles, captions, etc.

I had a feeling....

With all due respect, I did try reading the caption. But sometimes captions aren't accurate. I looked a little farther and found this. The hearse is a Lincoln. A 1924 Ford would have been much lighter and fragile-looking.

[Again I say: Please read the caption. Which states very clearly that this is a Lincoln, which was manufactured by Ford Motor Co. It's exactly the same as the LOC caption you looked up! - Dave]

You can't take it with you.

Notice: No luggage racks.

It's curtains for you!

I love the carved (?) curtains. NOW we know where that saying came from!

Is that a Ford?

I may be very wrong, but that sure doesn't look like a Ford to me.

[Try reading the caption again. - Dave]

Watch the Fords Go By

Note the rear brakes but no front brakes. Mechanical at that. One stop guaranteed at the final resting place.

Mortuary Efficiency

A Service ... friendly and efficient

It is sympathetic, respectful and efficient. Our motor hearses and limousines; our attention to details; our impressive chapel all marks of mortuary efficiency.

Timothy Hanlon
Funeral Service
641 H St. N.E.               LI. 5543


The location of the photo may be the gates to the Mount Olivet Cemetery on Bladensburg Road: not far from the funeral home on H Street N.E.

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'Tis a Wonder

The Mausoleum of King Mausolus on wheels.

Morticia's Ride

The Addams Family would die for such a cool SUV.

Sitcom Heaven

This vehicle would not have been out of place on the set of "The Munsters."

Why Not?

If you are gonna go, you might as well go first class!

Curb feelers

They might be a bit gauche, but clearly Mr. Hearse Driver needs them. Look at those tires!

Going my way?

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

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