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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cars+Trucks

Herr Dump Car: 1925

Herr Dump Car: 1925

"Herr Dump Car Mfg. Co., 1925." A new sidewalk in Washington, or the capital's Maryland suburbs. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Moses and Sons: 1923

Moses and Sons: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "W.B. Moses & Sons, F and 11th Sts." Note the unusual circular windows at the top of the building. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Fossil Fuel: 1920

Fossil Fuel: 1920

Washington, D.C. "Penn Oil and truck." A relic of the Carboniferous Age circa 1920. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Got Pie?

Got Pie?

"Holmes Bakery, Ford truck, 1923." Another cog in the Holmes pastry-delivery machine. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Zip It Garage: 1919

Zip It Garage: 1919

District of Columbia, 1919. Willard Service Station, Washington Battery Co., 1623 L Street. The sign: "We respectfully request customers to refrain from talking to workmen. Any information desired will be cheerfully given out by floor superintendent." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Hot Wheels: 1920

Hot Wheels: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Hudson, stolen car." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Holy Roller: 1920

Holy Roller: 1920

1920. "William Downer Auto Home, Gospel Car No. 1." The Reverend hailed from Glassboro, New Jersey. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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