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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GIFT IDEA: VINTAGE TRAVEL POSTERS

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Schwinn Sting Ray: May, 1965

Schwinn Sting Ray: May, 1965

This isn't a picture of my Bicycle, my house or my cars, but it might just as well be. I remember my childhood in 65 looking a great deal like this. This 3x4 black and white print is from a lot of photos found at auction. View full size.

Young Man with Buick: 1931

Young Man with Buick: 1931

1931, somewhere in California. Someone was proud of their new Buick. This is from a 3x4 black and white print found in a lot of photos bought at auction. View full size.

The Skeptic: 1915

The Skeptic: 1915

March 28, 1915. Washington, D.C. "Argo station wagon at Square Deal Auto Exchange." Who'll be the first to Street View this location? View full size.

 

Desert Trip

Desert Trip

A trip back to the early, early days. My folks and I took a trip to one of my Dad's co-worker's cabin way out in the Mojave desert. Here we are, with our 1956 Plymouth Belvedere. We kept the car well into the 1960s, and I remember it had the infamous push button transmission selector.

The man who took the picture, and who owned the cabin, was Mischa Pelz, who was a fairly prominent photographer in Southern California back in those days. View full size.

Executone System

Executone System

When my Aunt Rose passed away I came into possession of her photos and negatives. There were very few photos but a pile of big negatives, many of which I half suspect were never printed, or perhaps were printed once and the photos lost a long time ago. She wasn't in the habit of documenting her snapshots, so each one is to me a mystery.

None is more mysterious than this. I don't know who the speaker is, or the occasion, but the location could be either northern Philadelphia or the Quakertown Pa. vicinity. One small hint might be the "Pa SRG" shoulder emblems. the time period is probably the late 1930s or early War years. View full size.

Packard Fire Squad: 1911

Packard Fire Squad: 1911

May 3, 1911. Detroit, Michigan. "Packard fire squad." Ask the fireman who owns one. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Genuine Gas Coke: 1912

Genuine Gas Coke: 1912

Circa 1912. "Coke delivery wagon and workers, Detroit City Gas Co." Our second look at these grimy gents and their battered Packard truck. View full size.

 
 
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