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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Army Smartness: 1941

Army Smartness: 1941

December 1941. "White Motor Company, Cleveland. A halftrack scout car gets a touch-up job on the chassis assembly line. A durable finish protects the metal -- and helps to bring the vehicle up to Army standards of smartness." 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office for Emergency Management. View full size.

 

Covelo Stables: 1925

Covelo Stables: 1925

1925. "Indian guides and Nash auto at Covelo stables. Mendocino County, Calif." Along with a tin-sign Who's Who of the 1920s soft drink industry, starting with Shorpy's favorite beverage, Whistle, and its slogan "WHIZ-WHIM-WHANG." 6½ x 8½ glass negative from Wyland Stanley via Marilyn Blaisdell. View full size.

 

Great Expectations: 1890

Great Expectations: 1890

From Marquette, Mich., comes this glass plate dated 1890 and labeled "Peterson." Say, I'll bet you kids have never been on the Internet before! View full size.

 

The Nursery: 1915

The Nursery: 1915

"Nursery" is all it says on this 4x5 inch glass negative, which comes to us from a seller in Minnesota. Maybe someone with the right connections could run a check on these fingerprints. Probably from around 1910-1920. View full size.

 

Custom Chassis: 1923

Custom Chassis: 1923

        What with one 1920s car looking pretty much like the next, the enterprising automotive photographer had to juice things up as best he could. Here, for instance, we have the rake of sunlight and mysterious background obelisk as points of interest, sparking an artsy three-quarters view. Oh, and big headlights.

The Bay Area in 1923. "Peerless touring car." Fully equipped with two spares. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Men in White: 1925

Men in White: 1925

August 8, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Klansmen sightseeing at the Capitol." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Flivver Jordan: 1917

Flivver Jordan: 1917

Circa 1917. "Jordan touring car." Sweetheart, we're out of gas. And BTW do we want kids? Like, 19 of them? Our fourth and final look at this muddy motorcar. From the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana. View full size.

 
 
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