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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HALL OF SCIENCE, 1934 WORLD'S FAIR

Cars+Trucks

Cross-Country: 1906

Cross-Country: 1906

New York, June 1906. "REO Mountaineer, New York to San Francisco and back." Percy Megargel and David Fassett pass Huber's Hotel on 162nd Street in the Bronx at the end of their 10-month, 11,000-mile trip in a 16-horsepower touring car. Note the unpaved street at the present-day location of Yankee Stadium. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Automobilists: 1906

The Automobilists: 1906

June 1906. "REO Mountaineer -- New York to San Francisco and back." Percy Megargel and David Fassett at the conclusion of their 10-month round trip. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Snowbound: 1954

Snowbound: 1954

The house in the background is my great grandparents, in snowy Michigan. The Model A and Mercury are both my Grandpa's cars. He graduated high school in 1954, which is when this photo was taken. He still owns the Model A, which is now restored. View full size.

Kensington: 1965

Kensington: 1965

Kensington, Maryland in 1965. South and Elizabeth at our grandmother's house on St Paul Street. South of Plyers Mill Road across from the park. In the background is a 1955 DeSoto. View full size.

Neighbors: 1935

Neighbors: 1935

December 1935. "Hamilton County, Ohio. Cincinnati slum dwellings." 35mm negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Indian Trails Texaco: 1940

Indian Trails Texaco: 1940

July 1940. "Gas station in Benton Harbor, Michigan." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Putting the Top Down

Putting the Top Down

Autumn 1957 and Robert Blake has rolled into Altoona, Pa., on his blue Electra Glide to help me put the top down on this MG. Photo taken on 8th Avenue around the 1900 block. OK, maybe that’s not Bobby Blake after all. Check the fine Pontiac behind me. View full size.

 
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