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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cars+Trucks

Ghost Town: 1921

Ghost Town: 1921

"Municipal Building, Southern Railway, and Post Office Department, from the Willard Hotel roof." An ethereal, almost spectral view of Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. in Washington circa 1921, with the Old Post Office tower at left. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

1951 Mercury

1951 Mercury

My Uncle took pictures of everything dear to him. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Tin Can Tourists: 1921

Tin Can Tourists: 1921

"Tin can tourists. 1921 or 1922." Car camping and watermelon in or around Washington, D.C. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Mission to the Cars: 1958

Mission to the Cars: 1958

August 1958, California's Mission Santa Barbara with a small but interesting selection of cars, including a speeding Rambler wagon; above it in the distance a very nice two-tone Buick; next a spiffied-up yellow coupe, '47 Chevy is my guess; classic '56 Chevy in aqua and white, then a couple of Oldsmobiles, '54 and two-tone '56. Blurry but identifiable at right, a partially-obscured '57 Chevy and a '58 Plymouth. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Glad Tidings: 1920

Glad Tidings: 1920

"Gospel Mission, Georgetown Sunday school group, circa 1920." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Love Car

Love Car

Rear end of the blue apple of my uncle's eye. View full size.

Car Love

Car Love

Don't know much about horseless carriages to know the make of the subject of this Kodachrome. View full size.

 
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