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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Trucks Entering Highway: 1931

Trucks Entering Highway: 1931

The San Francisco Bay Area circa 1931. "Earth-moving equipment and trucks." Our second look at this diorama of dirt, and a glimpse of the surrounding terrain. 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass plate by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Hotel Henry: 1908

Hotel Henry: 1908

Perpendicular Pittsburgh circa 1908. "Fifth Avenue from Grant Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

All Aboard: 1919

All Aboard: 1919

Circa 1919. "Streetcar in Washington, D.C." With what seems to be a pedestrian-scooper in the "up" position. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Bus Baggage: 1943

Bus Baggage: 1943

September 1943. "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bringing baggage from a bus." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hooked: 1919

Hooked: 1919

Circa 1919. "Angler next to Studebaker 'Big Six' touring car." One of the girls last seen here. 6.5 x 8.5 glass negative, scanned by Shorpy, originally from the Wyland Stanley Collection of San Francisco memorabilia. View full size.

 

Sidewalks Are for Sissies: 1920

Sidewalks Are for Sissies: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Franklin car ascending steep grade." Bonus points if you can Street View this. 8.5 x 6.5 negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Construction Zone: 1931

Construction Zone: 1931

The San Francisco Bay Area circa 1931. "Earth-moving equipment and trucks." 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass plate by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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