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San Francisco, 1921. "Antique Cadillacs -- still running." On the left, a 1902 Cadillac that's nineteen years old, if you can believe it. Next to mere sixteener with 200k miles on the clock that seems to be in far worse shape. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.
Our astute commenters have identified this racy roadster as a 1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet passing the 18th hole at the Union League Club in Millbrae, San Mateo County.
San Francisco, 1931. "Cord roadster at golf course." Living it up in the depths of the Depression. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.
Some of the "amplifying telephone" equipment that carried audio from the Nov. 11, 1921, Armistice Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, where Warren Harding spoke over the casket of the Unknown Soldier, to loudspeakers set up for the crowds outside as well as in New York and San Francisco. More here.
November 1921. "This is the delicate machinery being installed beneath the Arlington Amphitheater which will amplify the President's voice one thousand billion times when he makes his address on Armistice Day in honor of America's Unknown Warrior." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.