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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

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On the Road: 1936

On the Road: 1936

July 1936. "Drought refugees from Glendive, Montana, leaving for Washington state." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Family Excursion 1919

Family Excursion 1919

Members of my mother's family in Merced Falls, California, on an excursion from their home in San Francisco. Their family car is a 1914 Hudson 6-54. Standing on the running board, my mother and her twin brother Albert, with her older brother Francis and mother Marie standing at the right. Her father John is in the car, barely visible behind the windshield; oldest brother Jack drove, but isn't in this shot. Anna, a family friend, is seated on the running board. They're visiting my mother's older sister Mary, who had recently wed and moved to Merced Falls. View full size.

Family archives date this trip in the summer of 1919, although there's a 1920 license plate; I'm not sure how they were issued back then.

Some of these folks are also seen in a 1916 family portrait.

Scanned from original 2-1/2 X 4-1/4 116 roll film negative.

My New Olds: 1922

My New Olds: 1922

1922. "Milan and Oldsmobile." Washington Nationals manager Clyde Milan. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Jerusalem Dodge: 1925

Jerusalem Dodge: 1925

Jerusalem, British Mandate Palestine, circa 1925. "Staff in garage of American Colony Buick-Dodge agency." View full size. Matson Photo Service.

 

Build-a-Buick: 1924

Build-a-Buick: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Proof of Buick standardization of units: Assembly of complete operating chassis from parts stock carried by Buick Motor Co. local branch." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Gasoline Alley: 1912

Gasoline Alley: 1912

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1912. "Automobile." One of three photos of a curiously tiny motorcar. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, National Photo Co.

 

Naked Buick: 1924

Naked Buick: 1924

Washington, 1924. "Buick Motor Co." A demonstration of "Buick standard- ization." (More here.) National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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