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

Cars+Trucks

Hop In: 1919

Hop In: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Boeckel." Eleanor Taylor Marsh and Florence Brewer Boeckel of the National Woman's Party. View full size.

 

Icecapade: 1920

Icecapade: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Penrose car, accident." Beside Senator Boies Penrose's car, casualties here include a mailbox, emergency call box and a lamppost. The tree survives with a dented trunk. View full size.

 

The Egg Man: 1926

The Egg Man: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Ford Motor Co., Hatcher Boaze truck." A nice view of the old market district. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

National Motor Club: 1920

National Motor Club: 1920

1920. "Times house, 922 New York Avenue." Photo taken for the Washington Times. Headquarters of the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Automobile Association, an early rival to the AAA. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

High Rollers: 1927

High Rollers: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Four Wheel Drive Auto Co." Our second look at FWD's big lugs. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Shiny Datsun: 1971

Shiny Datsun: 1971

August 1971. A car that today you'd most likely see as a rusting hulk in a junkyard or vacant lot, and clothes in a Goodwill. My brother and sister-in-law pose with their 1967 Datsun Bluebird parked on my father's garage ramp on Walnut Avenue in Larkspur, California. All kidding aside, I think they're both pretty snappily dressed, and her expression is pricelessly inscrutable. My Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Four Wheel Drive: 1927

Four Wheel Drive: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Four Wheel Drive Auto Co., H Street N.E." And "Auto Laundry." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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