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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cars+Trucks

My First Car: 1972

My First Car: 1972

Summer 1972, Lake Tahoe. You'd think, after hearing me rhapsodize about my lifelong obsession with cars, that a) I'd have learned to drive before I was 26, and b) my first car would have been something a bit more spectacular than a 1972 Datsun 1200. That's Nissan to you. Well, I had nice pants, anyway. Not bad for a Polaroid, though scuffed as usual. View full size.

Nevada Ramblers

Nevada Ramblers

1966. The brand-new Rambler on its first road trip, parked outside Virginia City, Nevada. My mother swills Kool-Aid, my father picks his teeth, my brother occupies the back seat, and I click off this Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Backseat Blogger: 1955

Backseat Blogger: 1955

My father piloting our 1949 1948 Hudson. Looks like he's in the midst of shifting. Dig that cool steering wheel and faux-woodgrain dash. Removing the slide from the mount for scanning revealed the appendages on the backs of the front seats, which I'd forgotten about. In fact, I'm still hazy about what they were; the one on the left looks like it's holding something. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Where's Waldo: 1964

Where's Waldo: 1964

October 1964. U.S. 101 above Sausalito, Calif., the Waldo Grade approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Similarities after 44 years: same number of traffic lanes. Differences after 44 years: many more cars, but none of them have fins. My color slide with Montgomery Ward brand film. View full size.

Fifteenth and F: 1921

Fifteenth and F: 1921

Washington, D.C. "Jordan Piano Co." 15th and F Streets NW at the Treasury building. The LOC date range here is "1920 or 1921." Who can date the Saturday Evening Post cover? National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Going Back: 1942

Going Back: 1942

1942. "Road out of Romney, West Virginia." 35mm color transparency by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Born to Run: 1928

Born to Run: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Boys standing next to automobile." A Ford with congressional plates. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 
 
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