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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

Cars+Trucks

Hollywood Family: 1965

Hollywood Family: 1965

November 1965. Fabulous, glamorous, glittering, world-famous Hollywood & Vine. My mother, father and brother take in the dazzling sights while I snap off this Kodachrome, two years after my previous memorable visit. Looks like brother and I have been hitting the record shops. Notable vehicles include a shiny red pre-1957 Volkswagen beetle, a 1961 or 1962 Thunderbird, a 1958 Plymouth wagon and, most interesting of all, a City of L.A. Water & Power Studebaker Champ pickup. View full size.

Meet the Flintstones: 1962

Meet the Flintstones: 1962

The Manitou cliff dwellings west of Colorado Springs. This was taken on my grandparents' honeymoon out west in 1962. View full size.

Michigan Avenue: 1962

Michigan Avenue: 1962

Chicago, Illinois, circa 1962. At 10:27 a.m. Looking north along Michigan Avenue at Adams Street, with the Chicago Art Institute on the right. View full size.

Helpful Hint: 1916

Helpful Hint: 1916

Washington, D.C., 1916. "Post Office Department mail wagon." With a slogan we can all get behind. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Garage X: 1946

Garage X: 1946

"Experimental housing. Storage shed & garage." Remember that this garage is experimental, and that the slightest little bump could could send the whole business -- prototype potting bench, bleeding-edge tool storage -- pinwheeling off into the next dimension. Eric Schaal, Life photo archive. View full size.

S&M Tires: 1920

S&M Tires: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "S&M Tire Co." I can think of a number of possible slogans for this business. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Palace Laundry: 1925

Palace Laundry: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Palace Laundry." 1811 Adams Mill Road N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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