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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Cars+Trucks

Hotrod Time Machine: 1975

Hotrod Time Machine: 1975

This shot answers the question, "Just what was tterrace photographing that day in 1975 when he was strolling around Petaluma?" Well, when I got to this spot on Sixth Street I apparently stumbled into a gap in the space-time continuum. Fortunately my Konica was loaded with Kodacolor, so I was able to return with the kind of scene one normally encounters only in black and white.

If we were to do an equivalent shot today, the car would be something like a 1965 Dodge Dart, which to me doesn't seem like a really old car, whereas the one here unquestionably does. Doesn't stuff like that drive you nuts? View full size.

Police Raid: 1925

Police Raid: 1925

January 31, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Police raid on gamblers' den. E Street between 12 and 13th." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

In Dad's '42 Woody

In Dad's '42 Woody

Taken in 1948, Santa Monica, California. View full size.

Forbes Field: 1912

Forbes Field: 1912

Pittsburgh circa 1912. "Entrance to Forbes Field." Grandstand admission 75 cents. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cadillac Square Building: 1918

Cadillac Square Building: 1918

"Real Estate Exchange, Detroit." Shown around the time of its completion in 1918, this Gothic wedding cake of an office tower was known for most of its 58 years as the Cadillac Square Building. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Every Miser Helps the Kaiser: 1918

Every Miser Helps the Kaiser: 1918

Detroit circa 1918. "Belle Isle from the Dime Savings Bank." In addition to a variety of World War I signage. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Market Street: 1916

Market Street: 1916

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, circa 1916. "Market Street." A highlight of this relatively recent Detroit Publishing street scene is the horse drinking fountain shown with a thirsty customer. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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