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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Cars+Trucks

Truck Farm: 1938

Truck Farm: 1938

November 1938. "Farm woman beside her barn door. Tulare County, California. No more horseshoes!" Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Car With a Longer Life: 1920

The Car With a Longer Life: 1920

March 1920. "E.J. Quinn Motor Car Co." The Westcott automobile showroom on 14th Street in Washington, D.C. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Batista en Washington: 1938

Batista en Washington: 1938

November 10, 1938. "Fulgencio Batista, the Cuban Army Sergeant who has risen to the heights of Caribbean Dictator, arrived in Washington today. This is the first time the Cuban Dictator has set foot outside his native land in 37 years. Gen. Malin Craig, the Army Chief of Staff, is shown with him as they pass the Capitol in a Cadillac." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Fifteenth Street: 1918

Fifteenth Street: 1918

Washington, D.C., in 1918. "Fifteenth Street." Motoring past the Treasury Building with chains on. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cadillac Square: 1916

Cadillac Square: 1916

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1916. "Hotel Pontchartrain and Cadillac Square from City Hall." Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size. Earlier views of the hotel: Circa 1907, minus the upper floors, and 1910, minus most of the cars.

 

Left on White: 1926

Left on White: 1926

January 5, 1926. Washington, D.C. "Traffic Director Eldridge inspecting new lights." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Auto Zone: 1921

The Auto Zone: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Lee Tire Sales Co., exterior." A clutch of transport-related businesses on 14th Street N.W. National Photo Company. View full size.

 
 
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