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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Cars+Trucks

Dapper Dumper: 1921

Dapper Dumper: 1921

1921. "Fageol dump truck at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Atlas Mortar made from Acme Diamond Lime." Nattily pinstriped! 8x10 glass negative acquired from the Wyland Stanley Collection and scanned by Shorpy. View full size.

 

Ready to Rumble: 1928

Ready to Rumble: 1928

"1928 Hudson." Somewhere in the Bay Area. Pass me the flask, will you? (And who's driving this rig?) 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Make Way for Trucklings!

Make Way for Trucklings!

May 1943. "Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore. Girl driver on a supply truck." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Battered Barouche: 1921

Battered Barouche: 1921

        Using the Internets and clues provided by the photo, you should be able to figure out who this is! It took me about 15 minutes. (SPOILER: The mustachioed gent is most likely W.V. Wolfe, proprietor of the Frederick & Washington Bus Line, advertised in the sign behind the car -- which was actually the bus.)

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Studebaker car." Surrounded by a number of colorful-looking characters. 8x6 glass negative, National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Hotel Winston: 1913

Hotel Winston: 1913

Washington, D.C., 1913. "Winston Hotel car." Parked, it would seem, in front of the Hotel Winston, First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. View full size.

 

Sleeps Two: 1920

Sleeps Two: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Chalmers touring car on Eddy Street." Equipped with what seems to be a bed. 5x7 negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Urban Castle: 1921

Urban Castle: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Southeast corner, Connecticut Avenue and I Street at 17th N.W." The former Army & Navy Club, which by the 1920s housed a number of medical and dental offices. 8x6 glass negative, National Photo Co. View full size.

 
 
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