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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, c 1930s

Cars+Trucks

Vanderbilt Hotel: 1913

Vanderbilt Hotel: 1913

New York circa 1913. "Vanderbilt Hotel, Park Avenue at 34th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Car Party

Car Party

Since this is my wife's family, so I can't identify any of them, and I suck at identifying vehicles, hope you find something enjoyable anyway. View full size.

Hot Truck: 1967

Hot Truck: 1967

Admit it: you want one. At the very least you want to drive it. Play with the siren and red lights. Wait -- OMG! Is that a water cannon?!?!?

Larkspur (California) Fire Department Engine No. 7, vintage 1964 Van Pelt/GMC, seen here leading the 1967 Fourth of July Parade, driven by Fire Captain (later Chief 1968-82) Craig Shurtz. This is the 300 block of Magnolia Avenue, just down the hill from our house. Kodachrome slide by me. View full size.

Ford Building: 1910

Ford Building: 1910

Circa 1910, another Detroit landmark. "Ford Sales Office, Griswold Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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.

 
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