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Vintage photos of:
A photo of a great 1930's car with so-called suicide doors, and a somewhat impatient woman in front of them. The photo is really tiny. I suspect a contact print rather than an enlargement. And the name "Willa" is written in blue ball point pen on the top border. From an assortment of mostly car photos I bought at an antique store in Simi Valley, California. View full size.
One of the things that bugs me when people restore old cars is that they usually add right and left exterior mirrors and white sidewall tires. In their original era cars typically had neither, as this photo somebody took of their daily driver, shows. From an assortment of mostly car photos I bought from an antique store in Simi Valley, California. View full size.
A patriotic family decorated their car for Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. From a 1918-1921 photo album I found at an ephemera swap meet. View full size.
Long before there was a Honey Boo Boo in front of the camera, this little lady was in front of a lens. My suspicion is the buildings behind her are either the cabins of a resort, or a roadside motel that she and her family stayed at, and the photo was taken as a souvenir of that vacation. I bought it from an antique store in Simi Valley, California because of the great truck and car behind Miss Missing Teeth. View full size.
Toddler poses to have a picture taken with his very neat tricycle. Year is approximately 1919. Back of photo says his name is Richey, though whether that is his first or last name is unknown because the picture is cut in half and there is a word above Richey one can only see an edge of. From a photo album I purchased at an ephemera swap meet.
King George V and Queen Mary attending a military function, accompanied by Canadian Army officers (notice the maple leaf cap badges of the officers standing behind the VIPs). The reverse of the photo is stamped "Geo. Collard, Press Photographer, 19, Hartfield Crescent, Wimbledon, S.W. 19". This photo belonged to my great-grandfather Frank H. Briggs of Hamilton, Ontario, who was a dentist in the British Army. Not sure of the date, but judging by the King's appearance, probably the 1930s (he died in 1936). View full size.