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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Pretty Girls

Body by Fisher: 1940

Body by Fisher: 1940

        The Plexiglas Pontiac Deluxe Six "Ghost Car," which sold at auction a few years ago for $308,000.

June 11, 1940. "General Motors exhibit at Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. Transparent Car with Pontiac Chassis and Body by Fisher." And what a body it is! 8x10 inch Agfa acetate negative. View full size.

 

Camp Cuddles: 1925

Camp Cuddles: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "Swimsuit girls camping in dealer window with Willys-Knight auto." Say hello to Kay and Nina, who, in addition to camping and swimming, seem to enjoy golf. 8x10 film negative. View full size.

 

Drummer Girls: 1942

Drummer Girls: 1942

May 1942. "Southington, Connecticut. An American town and its way of life. Southington girls, members of the youth drum corps." Medium format negative by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Miss Fisher Body: 1939

Miss Fisher Body: 1939

July 8, 1939. "Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco -- General Motors Day badge held by Miss Fisher Body." Whose parts all seem to fit unusually well. 8x10 negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Hudson Flivver School: 1930

Hudson Flivver School: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930. "Hudson auto with schoolgirls." Waving yearbooks (?) titled The Telescope. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Goodyear Girls: 1932

Goodyear Girls: 1932

"Goodyear Girls bathing beauties in San Francisco -- September 14, 1932." Spreading the gospel of Proper Inflation. 8x10 nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Garden of Grace: 1951

Garden of Grace: 1951

"Grace's flowers -- 18 Sept 1951." In this latest episode of Minnesota Koda­chromes the outlook is, regardless of the weather, Sunny and Warm. Color slide by Hubert Tuttle of his lovely wife and her beautiful flowers. View full size.

 
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