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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T THROW IT, USE IT: WWII

Cars+Trucks

Miss Daisy Driving: 1930

Miss Daisy Driving: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930. "Hudson 8 sedan." Sidemount spare, shiny stockings optional at extra cost. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Sit It Down: 1931

Sit It Down: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "Woman with donkey in taxicab." For anyone who's ever been instructed to "get your a__ over here RIGHT NOW," here's one possible solution. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Baby Car: 1925

Baby Car: 1925

        The smallest automobile in the world –- Designed and built by Gus Petzel of Alameda, California. The car has a 4-cylinder air cooled motor, 3 speeds, electric lights and starter, 60-inch wheelbase, 21x4 airplane tires, and weighs 560 pounds. It makes 52 miles per gallon and has a speed of 65 miles on the road and 80 miles on the track. Cost $2,000 to build. -- Promotional postcard

San Francisco, 1925. "California State Automobile Association -- Gus Petzel 'Baby Car' at start of cross-country run." A scene from the inauguration of the historic Trans-Continental Sidewalk. 8x10 nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Clamshell Coupe: 1924

Clamshell Coupe: 1924

San Francisco circa 1924. "New Reo Six, Pacific Heights." We'll bet that house is finished by now. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Special Deluxe: 1941

Special Deluxe: 1941

September 1941. "Dude at rodeo in Ashland, Montana." Whose ponies are all under the hood. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Golden Cargo: 1920

Golden Cargo: 1920

Fruit as First Aid to Convalescence

        "Two Tons of Oranges -- the Gift of the Alhambra-San Gabriel Red Cross Chapter, to the Sick and Disabled Soldiers at Letterman Hospital, San Francisco. Your Turn Next!"

        This legend in bold letters on the side of a two-ton auto truck advertised the merits of fruit as a first aid to convalescence over a circuit of five hundred miles, as the golden cargo made its way along the valley of the Southern California town on to the Pacific Coast. Newspapers all along the route gave a still wider publicity to the generosity of the Fruit Growers of the Sunset state for in addition to the oranges there were quantities of lemons and grapefruit, while at Los Angeles the local Red Cross Chapter added a contribution of seventy-five pounds of candy.

--Better Fruit, June 1920

March 1920. "Republic motor truck at Letterman Hospital, San Francisco, with cargo of oranges." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Kissel Me You Fool: 1922

Kissel Me You Fool: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Kissel touring car." Latest tenant in the Shorpy Garage of Geriatric Jalopies. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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