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My dad's 1946 Dodge Custom Town Sedan. Notice that the rear doors are hinged on the center post and not "suicide" doors. The Town sedan was the only Dodge with this feature. We thought this was the fanciest car we ever had. Two-tone maroon and gray velour upholstery and a speedometer that changed colors according to your speed. 50 mph and above was red. Taken in Melvindale, Michigan, in 1948. View full size.
Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1904. "Imperial Hotel." Whose architectural style might be described as Romanesque Rococo Curlicue Baroque, and whose slogan could be "every exterior surface embellished." Note the early automobile. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
My grandpa bought this Hart Parr 18-27 tractor from the Oliver Corporation in 1936. He also became an Oliver dealer at that time. This photo was taken at the factory as he was picking it up. The man leaning against the truck is "Shockey" Mishler.
My grandpa was a member of the Old Order River Brethren, also known as Yorkers. View full size.
1926. "Semmes Motor Co. truck, Walter Brown & Sons." Another from National Photo's series of Washington, D.C., working trucks. This Dodge's battered body notwithstanding, motor trucks were a relative newcomer to a workaday world where dray wagons and horse teams had long dominated. View full size.