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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EGYPT FOR WINTER SUNSHINE, 1937

Cars+Trucks

Sweet Sixteen: 1931

Sweet Sixteen: 1931

San Francisco circa 1931. "V-16 at Don Lee Cadillac agency." A sixteen-cylinder leviathan beached on the shoals of the Great Depression. One of these cars might cost as much as 10 Chevrolets. 5x7 glass negative by Chris Helin. View full size.

 

Ready to Go: 1929

Ready to Go: 1929

San Francisco circa 1929. "Graham-Paige at California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park." Which one is Paige, and which is Graham, we'll leave up to you. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Crunch Wagon: 1958

Crunch Wagon: 1958

We return to accident-prone Oakland, circa 1958, for this view of a Ford Ranch Wagon that just bought the farm. 4x5 acetate negative. View full size.

 

Custom Bodies: 1924

Custom Bodies: 1924

San Francisco, 1924. "Pierce-Arrow autos at Gillig Bros." Specialists in Body Building, Seat Covers, Auto Painting and Upholstery. Now playing at the Royal: "Single Wives." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Two-Totaler: 1956

Two-Totaler: 1956

Fruitvale Avenue at 10th Street Street in Oakland circa 1956, and yet another vignette of vehicular violence. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

My Furry Oldsmobile: 1931

My Furry Oldsmobile: 1931

San Francisco, 1931. "Oldsmobile sedan." Latest entry in the Shorpy Compendium of Outré Autos. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Time Travelers: 1920

Time Travelers: 1920

From somewhere in the Northeast circa 1920 comes this 5x7 glass negative, saved from the landfill thanks to an estate sale. Presumably these folks have moved on by now, having had what we hope was a pleasant journey. View full size.

 
 
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