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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

Cars+Trucks

Pier 42: 1920

Pier 42: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Nash motor truck on waterfront." The Pier 42 bulkhead building on the Embarcadero, with a truck evidently bound for San Diego. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Meet Me at Multnomah: 1918

Meet Me at Multnomah: 1918

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, circa 1918. "Kissel military Highway Scout Kar." The camouflage-painted car last seen here and here patrolling the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Grand Exit: 1920

Grand Exit: 1920

Northern California circa 1920. "Touring car at Yosemite National Park." Our second look at the FAREWELL sign, but with a different car. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Goodbye Yosemite: 1920

Goodbye Yosemite: 1920

1920. "Bulletin press car -- Mitchell auto at Yosemite National Park." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Pandora's Trunk: 1939

Pandora's Trunk: 1939

San Francisco's Golden Gate Park circa 1939. "Woman demonstrating use of luggage compartment lock on Pontiac sedan." Also a nice bumper-selfie of the photographer. 8x10 Eastman Kodak acetate negative. View full size.

 

Corn Exchange: 1951

Corn Exchange: 1951

New York, 1951. "Street scene, Corn Exchange Bank." Sharing the spotlight with two Sanitation Department trucks. 4x5 negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Slippery Danger: 1924

Slippery Danger: 1924

"Flint auto in San Francisco, 1924." With the Ghirardelli Square clock tower keeping time for whatever conversation is taking place between the front seat and the back. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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