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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Cars+Trucks

Sierra del Fuego: 1958

Sierra del Fuego: 1958

Oakland, California, circa 1958. "Collision and fire." A 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air carbecue. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Desert Waterbag: 1923

Desert Waterbag: 1923

San Francisco, 1923. "Buick touring car -- Ridgewood Hereford." A budding cattle baron and his steed, ready for the roundup. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Valet Parking: 1958

Valet Parking: 1958

Oakland circa 1958. "Collision at Martinique restaurant." Two, smoking? Right this way. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

A Bush in the Hand: 1920

A Bush in the Hand: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "REO Speedwagon truck -- MacRorie-McLaren Co. nursery." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

That's All: 1906

That's All: 1906

Philadelphia circa 1906. "Broad Street. Masonic Temple and United Methodist Church, north from City Hall." Notable signage includes Wilson Whiskey's two-word slogan as well as the starburst down the street advertising AUTOS. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cash for Your Car: 1942

Cash for Your Car: 1942

April 1942. "Hollywood, California. Used car lot." All clues point to the street address being 1541. But what's the street? Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Edge of Night: 1958

Edge of Night: 1958

Castro Valley, Calif., circa 1958. "Accident, Seven Hills Road." One sunburned '55 Ford Fairlane, saved. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 
 
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