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Munger Motor: 1920

Munger Motor: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Munger Motor & Mfg. Co., front." On the minus side of the ledger, this glass negative has light leaks, dirt, mold and probably halitosis. On the plus side we have beer, motorbikes, circus posters and Freedom Lunch. This circa 1890s Pabst brewery on North Capitol Street would be returning to its beverage roots (minus the alcohol) in just a few years as the Whistle Bottling Works. National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Holey Rollers: 1920

Holey Rollers: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Draper auto." A Dodge touring car bearing the initials of Charles W. Draper and equipped with solid rubber tires similar to the Trublprufs seen in his store window. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Woman and Car: c. 1955

Woman and Car: c. 1955

Houlton, Maine, around 1955. View full size.

Slice of Life: 1910

Slice of Life: 1910

Continuing our tour of Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "West 2nd Street residences." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Chrysler Airflow

Chrysler Airflow

My Dad, Douglas Freeman to the left and a 1934 Chrysler Airflow. Taken in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. View full size.

Devil's Dozen: 1961

Devil's Dozen: 1961

My father is the middle-most biker with the somewhat ill-fitting sunglasses, and the photo was taken in 1961 in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Dad was seventeen at the time and had run away from home. He joined a traveling carnival, ended up working in a circus, then took up with a group of bikers. I think these were the Devil's Dozen. From memory, that leather jacket was stolen and it was the police that discovered this who sent him back on his way home to Bathurst, NSW. View full size.

All Repairs Strictly Cash: 1925

All Repairs Strictly Cash: 1925

Rockville, Maryland, circa 1925. "Montgomery County Motor Co." Our sixth look behind the scenes at this car dealer. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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